Women’s Corner – August 2016

by Deborah Turton

Mark your calendars – we have two special events in August!

The first, is a Women’s Bike Ride and Post Ride Wine Tasting at Rockland’s Farm on August 13. Potomac Pedalers and Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) are co-sponsoring this friendly ride for women to raise money for their WWomen - Wineomen and Bicycles (W&B) Program. What better way to do this than to combine a great ride in the country with a wine tasting afterwards? There will be two rides to choose from (longer and shorter), followed by the wine tasting. There is a $20 fee and you must register online before the event. WABA’s Woman & Bicycles program focuses on increasing the number of women bicycling in the area by working on issues that affect women cyclists from helping women learn to ride, offering rides for all levels, and holding workshops on topics such as street harassment and legal issues. The program also fosters a sense of community to support any woman as she rides in the DMV. They have regular coffee clubs so women cyclists can meet face to face. The also sponsor a mentoring program which matches experienced riders with newcomers. Their Facebook page has over 5200 women. Details for this ride are in the Ride Schedule and on our website: http://www.potomacpedalers.org/event/rocklandsfarm.

The second event is a Women’s Bike Repair Clinic. The Rockville Bike Hub will be offering a basic adjustments and repair clinic for women on August 28, 1:00pm to 4:3Women - Clinic_RGB0pm. In this clinic you’ll have an opportunity to work on your own bike in a class size of no more than 8 women. They will provide stands and tools. You bring your bike, a desire to learn, and always helpful, a good sense of humor. The class will cover brake and gear adjustments, chain maintenance, on bike wheel truing, headset adjustments, bottom bracket checks, and the ever favorite- flat tire repair. The clinic will assume no previous experience with bike repair. The clinic will be held in Rockville at the Elwood Smith Community Center (601 Harrington Rd).

The Rockville Bike Hub (www.rockvillebikehub.org) is a social-profit whose community efforts include collecting and refurbishing bicycles for area youth. The Hub is supported in part by the proceeds from their clinics. The suggested donation for the clinic is $30. Register for the Women’s Bicycle Maintenance Clinic on the Rockville Bike Hub meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/Rockville-Bike-Hub/. Future workshops will be held if there is a demand.

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