Funkify Your Bike! Workshop
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Funkify Your Bike! Workshop

We are offering 20 community members a chance to modify or adorn their steel bicycles in a whirlwind day of creation. If you register, you will be encouraged to transform your own cycles or Free Cycles material into works of creative expression using our tools and guidance. These works of art will be used as demonstration pieces for the Missoula community.

This workshop will be offered free of charge! It is open to all ages and abilities (though those under 15 will have to be accompanied by an adult). Participants will be introduced to some of the industrial processes that go into fabricating their bicycles at the commercial level. They will have an opportunity to learn how to use the tools of metal working to suit their individual creative needs.

Participant learners will be guided by our lead artist for the Artist In Residency program, Jesse Blumenthal, (and skilled volunteers) through the design of the creative adornment or modification they envision for their bicycle. The rest of the day will be an all out fabrication frenzy! Tool stations will be set up to accommodate many people working at once, with each monitored by skilled volunteers to ensure the participants safety and assist in any tool use questions which may arise.

Please register for Funkify Your Bike! below. We will allow up to 20 people to participate in the workshop, we will contact you a week in advance prior to the workshop to inform you if you have a secure spot.

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Examples of past Free Cycles art projects using recycled materials. From left to right: Trophies made for MTB Missoula, a 4-wheel, 2-seater pedal powered vehicle made from old kids bikes and bed frames, a wheel dome sculpture displayed in Caras Park, and a 3-wheel, 2-seater vehicle we have dubbed “The Riot Trike.”

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Bicycles and Public Land: A Seminar
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Bicycles and Public Land: A Seminar

Join us at the shop on the evening of Wednesday, April 19th for a discussion about the relationship between bicycles and public land. IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Advocacy Manager for the Northern Rockies and local rider Eric Melson,  will be giving a  presentation outlaying the current state of bicycle advocacy, the complexities of relating to different land managers, and how you can get involved with trail work and advocacy on a local level. This will be followed by a Q&A based discussion.

Free of charge, but donations appreciated. 

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Spring Cleaning and Fix-A-Flat: Ladies Night with Women Bike Missoula
Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Spring Cleaning and Fix-A-Flat: Ladies Night with Women Bike Missoula

Plan to come to Free Cycles for a Fix-a-Flat and Spring Cleaning workshop. Emily Jensen, assisted by some MizzBs members, will lead participants through basic flat tire changing and cleaning of chain and drives. All participants will receive a self-adhesive patch kit, thanks to a donation from Adventure Cycling Association. Recruit your friends, bring your bikes and beverages, and come prepared to share your questions or answers. Snacks to share welcome!

No charge, donations appreciated!

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Basic Bike Maintenance
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Basic Bike Maintenance

Come learn the basic skills you need to keep your bike happy. We will go over everything from bike anatomy, lubricating and cleaning,  to tire patching and chain replacement, followed by a Q&A session. The class will be taught by either John or Locke, with guest mechanic Tom McKean.

No signup necessary, just show up to the shop. Be ready to get your hands dirty, and think about bringing a pen and paper, as well as your own bike.  

Free of charge, but as always, donations are greatly appreciated.  

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