Sooner or later, everyone gets a flat tire. Be prepared for this and other such problems by learning some basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques.
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 & 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- & trans- specific sessions
- Citybikes (SE Portland): 503-239-6951 ~ Monthly free drop-in night (second Sunday) to use use stand & 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 and weekly women- & trans- specific drop-in night to use stand & 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
You can also check out this instructional video on how to change a flat tire.