by Dan Kelley
On Wednesday, March 16th from 7 to 9pm at the Recovery Room, the Holy City Bike Co-op will be unveiling the full Bike! Bike! Southeast! schedule for workshops, classes and seminars which will take place downtown Charleston over March 25th weekend. Already, the conference boasts an out-of-town guest list from fourteen cities in seven states including cities as far away as Detroit, Louisville, and Birmingham. Anyone interested in learning more about bicycles is encouraged to register and attend. Here are the details:
Register online: BikeBikeCharleston.com/register
Cost: $20-$30 suggested contribution
Check-in: 12pm-5:30pm on Friday, March 25th at Redux
Just to whet your appetite here are a few workshops slated for Saturday mid-morning to early afternoon.
History of the Bicycle and Its Impact on American Culture
with Frank T. Puricelli at Circular Church
Based on his Graduate Thesis on Early 20th Century Transportation Technology, Frank will describe the history of the bicycle beginning with the invention and popularization of the Hobby Horse in the 1810s to 1820s, working through the design evolutions of the bicycle from the Boneshaker, the Highwheel and finally the Safety. In the mid 1890s the bicycle reached its final and current design phase which is basically what we have today. As I progress through the different designs I touch on all the social, gender and transportation impacts to American culture and also how the bicycle led to the creation of the motorcycle, automobile and even the airplane (Wright Bros and Henry Ford and the Harley bros. all dabbled with bicycles in the 1890s)
On the Road Repairs
with JJ Reaves at Holy City Bike Co-op
Help yourself get off the shoulder and back on the road again. Learn skills like how to change a flat, what to do if a spoke breaks, and what tools and supplies are essential for anyone to be road repair ready.
Bike Maintenance 101
with Greg Jones at Charleston Bicycle Company
Learn about what makes a bike work. There will be a strong focus on naming bike parts and identifying key mechanical concepts so that you can go into any shop and describe your problem without using words like “thingy” or “doohickey.” This is a great foundation for everyone and was my first formal bike class ever.
Tips for New Commuters
Interested in commuting by bike. Old veterans and new commuters are encouraged to circle up and talk it out. Get tips on the best route for your area, planning around the weather, and estimating travel time so you get to work on time.