Be prepared for flat tires and other issues by learning some basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques. Learn to ride or hone your skills on the bike. Click on the shop/organization name to go to their website.
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.
Portland Bureau of Transportation classes
- Portland By Cycle classes: 503-823-7699 Offered in Spring and Fall, including basic bike maintenance and other topics
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
- 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
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
- Bikes 4 Humanity (SE Portland, 3366 SE Powell Blvd): (503) 496-6941 ~ Volunteer-based project offers a free multi-week class; students are encouraged to volunteer at community bike tune-up events.
- 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
- Gladys Bikes (NE Portland, 2905 NE Alberta St): 971-373-8388 ~ Monthly evening workshops on basic bike maintenance at woman-owned shop
- PSU Bike Hub (SW Portland/downtown, 1818 SW 6th Ave): 503-725-9006 ~ Clinics on flat repair, basic maintenance, commuting and women-specific sessions. Free for Bike Hub members, small fee for others
- 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
Individual tutoring or small-group instruction
- Bicycle Repairman / David Kuch : 503-260-3830 - Individual tutoring in bike maintenance and repair available for all levels of experience.
- BIKEmpowered / Brian Lacy: 503-975-2391 ~ Classes in bike repair, wheel building, riding skills including learning to ride and more.
- Gracie's Wrench /Tori Bortman : 503-839-1880 ~ Woman-owned service offering multi-week repair course, individual tutoring, riding skills including learning to ride and more.
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