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. Click on the shop/organization name to go to their website.
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, 1700 NE Alberta St): 503-288-8864 ~ Multi-week courses in basic, intermediate, and advanced maintenance & repair; women-specific class available
- River City Bicycles (SE Portland, 706 SE MLK Jr Blvd ) : 503-233-5973 ~ Free clinics on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills
- The Outer Rim (East Portland, 10625 NE Halsey St): 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)
- Bike Farm (NE Portland, 1810 NE 1st Ave): 971-533-7428 ~ Rent a stand by the hour with tools provided and some expert advice; weekly women- & trans- specific sessions
- Citybikes (SE Portland, 1914 SE Ankeny St): 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.)
- Gladys Bikes (N Portland, 3808 N Williams Ave): 971.373.8388 ~Weekly Thursday open-shop night at woman-owned shop; contribution requested to defray expenses
- North Portland BikeWorks (North Portland, 3978 N Mississippi Ave): 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, 1818 SW 6th Ave): 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
- Bikes 4 Humanity: ~ Volunteer-based project offers a free multi-week class; students are encouraged to volunteer at community bike tune-up events.
In-depth professional training
- United Bicycle Institute (N Portland, 3961 N Williams Ave #100): 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.
And if you just want to have someone else do the work, here's a list of Portland's bike shops.