Bicycle Anatomy

with BFF Bikes

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates included below.
Event Overview

Dig deeper into the way your bicycle works at BFF Bikes’ Bicycle Anatomy & Physiology class. Each week, this five week course will cover different “systems” on bicycles: frame, gears, wheels, and points of contact. 

We’re limiting the number of attendees so we get a good Student/Teacher ratio, so sign up soon!

Classes will be each Sunday from 4:00-5:30 pm starting January 5th and finishing on February 2nd. They will all be held at BFF Bikes, 2113 W. Armitage in Chicago. You need no prior mechanical experience to attend. For more info contact annie@bffbikes.com


 


WEEK 1 | Jan 5


Bicycle Bones: Frame, Fork, and Geometry


WEEK 2 | Jan 12


The Drivetrain: Shifters & Gears


WEEK 3 | Jan 19


Stop and Go: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires


WEEK 4 | Jan 26


3-2-1 Contact: Points of contact, Saddle, Pedals, Handlebars


WEEK 5 | Feb 2


Advanced Home Maintenance and Adjustments


 

What to Bring

Notebook and Pen/pencil if they like

What's Provided

Handouts, Syllabus

Cancellation Policy

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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Vanessa Buccella never stopped riding bikes from the time she was a child to her adulthood. She has been a commuter in Chicago for 15+ years including a stint as a bike messenger. In 2008 she began going on longer training rides and started racing in 2009. She is very active in the cycling community– she is on the board of the Illinois Cycling Association, she launched practice races in Chicago for the first time since perhaps the 1930s, and a founding member of the growing Illinois Women Cyclists group, a supportive community of women cyclists. Then in the spring of 2014 she really jumped into Bike Business, when she, along with business partner Annie Byrne, opened BFF Bikes, Chicago's only women specific bike shop. She will lead the class along with head mechanic Steven Blum, who has over 15 years of experience making bikes work.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Barb L.
    Reviewed on 02/16/15

    The instructors' passion and knowledge for cycling is inspiring. The class was informative and appeals to riders with a variety of experiences; although a cyclist interested in racing would probably not find this class as beneficial.

    The instructors' passion and knowledge for cycling is inspiring. The class was informative and appeals to riders with a variety of experiences; although a cyclist interested in racing would probably not find this class as beneficial.

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    Margaret M.
    Reviewed on 02/16/15

    This was a great class for learning the intricacies of bicycles (and they are intricate). I am very much a novice when it comes to bikes and I learned so much. Every component of a bike is broken down into great detail, including nutrition and training. Definitely a good class for those that want to know more about the bike landscape

    That said, I do not recommend this for true beginners. Having some working knowledge of a bike definitely helps you stay grounded in everything and not get overwhelmed

    This was a great class for learning the intricacies of bicycles (and they are intricate). I am very much a novice when it comes to bikes and I learned so much. Every component of a bike is broken down into great detail, including nutrition and training. Definitely a good class for those that want to know more about the bike landscape

    That said, I do not recommend this for true beginners. Having some working knowledge of a bike definitely helps you stay grounded in everything and not get overwhelmed

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    Shakila M.
    Reviewed on 02/15/15

    I learned so much about bikes and commuting in Chicago. The guest speakers were fun additions. Highly recommend this class for anyone (especially women) who want to learn more about their bikes.

    I learned so much about bikes and commuting in Chicago. The guest speakers were fun additions. Highly recommend this class for anyone (especially women) who want to learn more about their bikes.

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