Women's Night at Champaign Cycle
One of my goals this summer is to learn to change a flat bike tire.
I’m not a big cyclist, but I’d like to do more biking and this seems like a pretty basic skill that I should have.
Fortunately, the perfect opportunity to learn this just presented itself. Champaign Cycle is hosting a Women’s Night later this month, and one of the topics is ... how to change a flat.
“Women have a particular reticence about approaching things mechanical,” said Peter Davis of Champaign Cycle. “They may feel uncomfortable in asking questions because they’re worried about aksing a silly question, a dumb question. There aren’t any dumb questions.
“This gives them the opportunity to have those questions answered without asking them,” he said. “It’s also a way for them to get more information in a comfortable situation where they feel they can ask follow-up questions.”
And the participants won’t just hear how it’s done and ask questions. This is a hands-on workshop where they’ll change a tube themselves.
Davis said the business has done a women’s night periodically, but not in the past couple of years. The other topics for the upcoming Women’s Night are bicycle fit for comfort and performance, and bicycle-specific clothing.
Davis said women can also meet other cyclists and find people to ride with.
The Women’s Night is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 30 at Champaign Cycle, 506 S. Country Fair Dr., C. The seminar is limited to 45 women, and as of Wednesday afternoon, it was nearly half full.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-7600. The seminar is free, and there will be refreshments and door prizes. It is open to all types of cyclists, from beginners to experienced riders.
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“It’s been a real good thing,” Davis said of previous women’s nights. “We’ve enjoyed doing it, and the women who have done it have really enjoyed it.
“The whole thing of no longer fearing flats, that’s the segment women like best,” he continued. “They learn things about fit and how that affects their comfort and performance on the bike, and they learn things about clothing. But that whole thing about being able to fix a flat if you need to is a very big deal for everyone.”