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Allen Muchnick’s Summer 2008 Cycling Skills & Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Three Northern Virginia adult education programs are separately sponsoring five cycling skills and bicycle maintenance courses taught by Allen Muchnick, a nationally certified League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Cycling Instructor. All classes meet on weekday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The five courses are (see longer descriptions, fees, dates, and locations below):

  • Bicycling 101, a 3-hour discussion of bicycling basics for new and intermediate riders.
  • Cycling with Confidence (LAB Road-1), the essential, comprehensive, and very practical 9-hour cycling skills course for *all* bicyclists;
  • Proficient Cycling (LAB Road-2), 9 hours of advanced cycling and mechanical skills for Road-1 graduates;
  • Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, a 3-hour lecture and demonstration; and
  • Bicycle Mechanics Workshop, a 3-hour hands-on sequel to any course listed above.

To register, contact the local course sponsor at least one week in advance:

* Alexandria Recreation and Parks (703-838-4969 [or 703-519-2166] or go to [http://tinyurl.com/23kxr2] , sign in with the “guest” button, and select “sports” under “activity”).

* Arlington Adult Education (703-228-7200 or [http://www.arlingtonadulted.org] . To view all bicycle classes, go to [http://tinyurl.com/2dv57s] .

* Fairfax County Adult & Community Education (703-658-1201 [or 703-658-1225] or [http://www.aceclasses.org] . Search “bicycle” and “cycling” to find all classes, or go to [http://tinyurl.com/2kmm4g] .

For questions about the instruction, contact the instructor, Allen Muchnick, at allenmuchnick@yahoo.com or 703-271-0895.

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BICYCLING 101. Performance, equipment, safety, and maintenance basics for new and intermediate riders: comfort and improvement tips, self-sufficiency, use of gearing, and street cycling fundamentals. No riding. One three-hour session.

Alexandria Recreation and Parks Session, $25/$50 non-residents
* 140302-01: Tu, Jul 16, Nannie J Lee Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

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CYCLING WITH CONFIDENCE (LAB ROAD-I). Learn the craft of cycling with on-bike and classroom instruction in key cycling skills for roads, paths, and groups: equipment use and care, breakdown repairs, efficient pedalling, bike handling, training, vehicular (street) cycling, and crash prevention. Bike and helmet REQUIRED at all sessions. Three 3-hr sessions (9 hrs).

Fairfax County Course, $109 ($69.40 for resident seniors):
* TI05302-20: M, June 16, 23, & 30, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Alexandria Course, $70 residents/$95 non-residents:
* 140305-01: 3W, Jul 23, Jul 30, & Aug 6, Nannie J Lee Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

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PROFICENT CYCLING (LAB Road-2). Advanced cycling and mechanical skills for Road-1 graduates: ride hills, rural roads, urban arterials, and freeway merges; discuss endurance training and hot, cold, wet, and dark conditions; observe common maintenance procedures. Bike and helmet REQUIRED at all sessions. Three 3-hr sessions (9 hrs).

Alexandria Course, $70 residents/$95 non-residents:
* 140306-01: 3W, Aug 13, 20, & 27, Nannie J Lee Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

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BICYCLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR. Lecture/demonstration on bike fit, breakdown repairs, and the inspection, adjustment, lubrication, and renovation of diverse components. Bike not required. One 3-hour session.

Arlington County Sessions, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors $29/$39:
* GI-813B: W, June 18, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* GI-813C: Tu, July 29, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Fairfax County Session, $32 ($19.20 for resident seniors), plus $17 for optional “$25″ textbook:
* TI05300-21: Tu, July 8, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Alexandria Recreation and Parks Session, $25/$50 non-residents
* 140303-01: Tu, Aug 19, Nannie J Lee Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

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BICYCLE MECHANICS WORKSHOP. This self-directed, hands-on sequel to any other bicycle class lets you tune up, fix, or modify your bicycle or practice inspection, maintenance, or repair procedures. Bring bike(s), supplies, and inspiration. One 3-hour session.

Arlington County Sessions, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors $29/$39:
* GI-814B: W, June 25, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* GI-814C: Tu, Aug 5, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Fairfax County Session, $39 ($23.40 for resident seniors):
* TI05301-20: Tu, July 15, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Alexandria Recreation and Parks Session, $25 residents/$50 non-residents:
* 140304-01: Tu, Aug 26, Nannie J Lee Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

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  • I live in Richmond, Va. and would like to take a bicycle maintenance class. I have a road bike and really need to learn the basis skills, i.e. (change a tire, repair a spoke, fix a chain etc), if I were to break down.

    Do you know of any classes in the Richmond, Va
    area?

  • Jerry, you might have some luck checking out this webpage, http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/course_schedule.php, from the League of American Bicyclists. This specific page allows you to search course schedules in you area as well as look up instructors and contact them to inquire if they are teaching any classes (there might be a chance they forgot/didn’t post their class online). Good luck!

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