You know that summer is right around the corner when, every weekend, your local bike shop is packed with people who want their tires pumped, chains lubed, and brakes adjusted. Good weather is coming, and people want to ride their bikes!
If you want to avoid the wait, save some money, or just learn a new skill, try fixing your own bike — it might be easier than you think!
Portland has quite a few options for learning bike maintenance — from drop-in night classes to multi-week certificate programs.
The City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation has quite a few useful bicycling resources on its website.
Here are some of the opportunities it lists for learning to repair your own bike:
Clinics and classes at bike shops
- Bike Gallery (various locations): 503-281-9800 ~ Free clinics on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills
- Community Cycling Center (NE Portland): 503-288-8864 ~ Multi-week courses in basic, intermediate, and advanced maintenance and repair; women-specific class available
- River City Bicycles (SE Portland): 503-233-5973 ~ Free clinics on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills
- The Outer Rim (East Portland): 503-278-3235 ~ One-day, two-day, and five-day classes in bicycle repair and maintenance
Shops that offer repair space by the hour (repair stand, use of tools, parts available)
- Bicycle Repair Collective (SE Portland): 503-233-0564 ~ Rent a stand by the hour with tools provided and some limited expert advice
- Bike Farm (NE Portland): 971-533-7428 ~ Rent a stand by the hour with tools provided and some expert advice; weekly women and trans-specific sessions
- Citybikes (SE Portland): 503-239-6951 ~ Free, drop-in night (second Sunday of every month) to use use stand and tools, get advice; occasional classes on special topics (flat repair, wheel building, etc.)
- North Portland BikeWorks (North Portland): 503-287-1098 ~ Monthly free drop-in night for everyone; weekly women and trans-specific drop-in night to use stand and tools, get advice
- PSU Bike Hub (SW Portland/downtown): 503-725-9006 ~ Repair stands and tools available to members, must be Portland State University student, faculty, or staff to join
Individual tutoring or small-group instruction
- Gracie’s Wrench: 503-839-1880 ~ Woman-owned service offering multi-week repair course, individual tutoring, and more
- BIKEmpowered: 503-975-2391 ~ Classes in bike repair, wheel building, and more
In-depth professional training
- United Bicycle Institute: 541-488-1121 ~ In-depth instruction in bicycle repair, maintenance, and frame building