Friday, January 15, 2016

Bike Lab ride to Eagle Rock Brewery — Sunday, January 17 @ 1 pm

Here at the Caltech Bike Lab, we have a bit of a yin/yang relationship with cycling: it's either a convenient, cost-effective mode of urban transportation or a means to borderline-insane feats of endurance. Jeffery Tanenhaus, who is biking across the United States on a New York City "Citi Bike," embodies the tension between these two ways to ride.

Jeffery's become a minor cultural phenomenon, with everyone from The Guardian to LAist having their go at him — is he some new-age Forrest Gump, or a monster bent on inconveniencing bike-share riders? (Incidentally, this isn't the first time a Big Apple resident has liberated a crucial piece of transit infrastructure to warmer climes.)

In a few days, our hero is visiting the Pacific to wrap up his escape from New York — and he's paying us a visit in Pasadena this weekend! To celebrate this unusual journey, the Bike Lab will accompany Jeffery on his way to Glendale, ending up at Eagle Rock Brewery for beers and afternoon munchables with the man himself. All are welcome to join!

Between some of LA's most buzzed-about brews and the food trucks outside, it's hard to imagine a better use of pedal-power. The ride there is about 8 miles and mostly flat (with bike lanes), and there is an option to shorten the return via the Gold Line. We'll be going slowly (Jeffery's bike weighs like 50 pounds), so no worries if you're not an experienced rider.

Meet at the Caltech Bike Lab at 12pm on Sunday, January 17; we'll leave at 12:15 and return around 4pm. Bring a working bike, a helmet, a lock, and an ID proving that you are at least 21. If you are employee/student of Caltech/JPL, the food is on our tab, but bring some cash to pay for your beer. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bikelab Meeting on October 15th, 2015!

You'd probably be about 5% cooler if you worked in a bike shop. And now's your chance, risk free!

Bike Lab managers and members are meeting this coming Thursday (October 15) at 6 PM, at our shop on California. Here's a map of our location on campus.

We'll be discussing our plans for the next few months, including
  • Keeping a full schedule of office hours
  • Planning upcoming group rides (e.g. Tour de Pasadena, brewery rides)
  • Shop maintenance and supplies
  • Outreach and bike repair classes
Anyone is welcome to join – we'll have things to do whether you're new to bikes (people often start out shadowing others at office hours) or an experienced tinkerer. We've also got group rides and outreach events to plan and lead. Come give us a hand, and spread the word!

We'll have pizza and salad and beer/drinks provided. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Caltech Bike Lab partners with Caltech Y for a basic bike repair class! FREE LUNCH

Learn to fix your bike!

Caltech BikeLab is partnering with the Caltech Y for a basic bike repair class. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE HERE!

Bring your bike, and learn:
1. How to fix a flat
2. How to adjust your brakes
3. How to adjust your shifters and gears
4. Advanced topics (you decide!)

Day: Saturday, April 18th
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: Caltech BikeLab
(http://caltechbikelab.blogspot.com/)
Map: http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/8899/bikelabmap.png
Instructors: Jonathan, Daven, Jeff

Free Lunch Included, courtesy of the Caltech Y!

You must sign up in advance! Only 16 slots available.
http://doodle.com/bktiiae5nqmhyzfg
Caltech/JPL only.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Learn to Bike Safely in the Road | Sat April 25 Traffic Basics | taught by C.I.C.L.E. at the Caltech Y


Learn to Bike Safely in the Road | Sat April 25 Traffic Basics | taught by C.I.C.L.E. at the Caltech Y
 

Don't ride on the sidewalk! Did you know it's safer and faster to ride on the road? Learn how to be a smart cyclist and ride your bike safely in the road.

When: Saturday April 25 11 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Caltech Y
505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA   

What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order and a helmet.

Price: FREE! This class is subsidized by Caltech Transportation on behalf of Caltech Bike Lab. The class is taught by local organization C.I.C.L.E

In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’'ll need your bike, because we'’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

Reserve your spot by RSVP online here:
http://www.cicle.org/event/c.i.c.l.e.%E2%80%99s-traffic-basics-class-5/
Caltech/JPL have priority signup but members of the public are welcome to join

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Learn to Bike Safely in the Road | Sat Feb 21 Traffic Basics | taught by C.I.C.L.E. at the Caltech Y

Don't ride on the sidewalk! Did you know it's safer and faster to ride on the road? Learn how to be a smart cyclist and ride your bike safely in the road.


Learn how to:  
  • Take back the road
  • Be alert and safe
  • Know your rights as a cyclist
  • Make the best use of your bike!

When: Saturday February 21
11 am - 12:30 pm 

Where: Caltech Y
505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA   
 
What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order and a helmet.
 

Price: FREE! This class is subsidized by Caltech Transportation on behalf of Caltech Bike Lab. The class is taught by local organization C.I.C.L.E


In the class, you'’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’'ll need your bike, because we'’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

To attend this class you should be able to:  

Start your bike with confidence and ease.
Balance and steer your bike
Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
Use your gears effectively
Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
Look over your shoulder without veering.

Reserve your spot by RSVP online here:
http://www.cicle.org/event/c.i.c.l.e.%E2%80%99s-traffic-basics-class-4


Caltech/JPL have priority signup but members of the public are welcome to join.