There’s snow on the ground right now, so riding a bike is probably the last thing on many of your minds. But guess what? Hard as it is to believe, it will be warm again in time and you’ll remember that a bike is an excellent way to get around Brooklyn. But what if you get a flat? Or need to replace a worn down brake pad? You could take it to a bike shop and hang around while they do the repair, OR you could prepare to be self-reliant at Flatbush Mutual Aid’s free bike repair clinics.
The clinics are held every Tuesday at the Flatbush Reformed Church (890 Flatbush Avenue, Ditmas Park) from 6pm to 9pm, and you can fix your own bike or even help someone else with their efforts. There are also two special programs coming up: a youth bike clinic being, held tonight, that focuses on teaching kids some basic safety checks and repair techniques. And on February 19, Lance Jacobs of The Virtuous Bicycle will stop in to give some traffic safety tips to whoever’s there, so that they don’t end up in the hospital with say, a broken ankle, broken collarbone and other assorted injuries after getting hit by two cars. That’d be a good one to check out.
The organizers suggest you register prior to just showing up, so give them a call at (718) 421-1814 or (917) 596-1781