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Bike Smart Bicycle Commuting Class 2/1/12

January 24, 2012
Ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of commuting by bike?  Get more comfortable traversing Bay Area roads on two wheels by coming out to a workshop by Bike Smart Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Bike Co-op.  The goal is to increase awareness about bicycle safety and teach bike riders about a variety of topics, including:
  • bicycle laws
  • lane positioning
  • route selection
  • nutrition
  • dealing with cargo and clothing
  • bike parking
  • foul weather riding

Each participant will receive a set of bicycle lights and reflective gear for night riding.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 1st from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Co-op.  Class size is limited to 12 people.  RSVP at or by calling 813-974-9215.

Holiday Hours!

November 15, 2011

We are only open two days a week yet shop days seem to land on a disproportionate amount of holidays.   We actually looked at a calendar this season to see when we might be closed this holiday season.   With the exception of the day after christmas, our holiday hours will be free of any closings.  If you’ve got friends or family in town and want to show them what a community bike shop looks like, bring them in!

Thanksgiving-ish, Wednesday November 23rd: OPEN!

 It’s the day before Thanksgiving.  While it’s not an official holiday, it’s traditionally recognized by bringing your favorite teaching mechanic a tasty meal.

Christmas-ish, Monday December 26: CLOSED!

Christmas falls on a Sunday and we are going to take the following day off.  The day after Christmas is a far better day to ride bikes than work on them.

New Years Eve/Day-ish  Monday Jan 2:

New years day falls on a Sunday.  On Monday,  we will be turning wrenches and breaking new years resolutions.

It’s Cyclocross Season!

November 14, 2011

The daily highs are starting to creep down to the low 80’s which means it’s WINTER! …which means IT”S CYCLOCROSS SEASON! We will be set up at Tampa’s only official cx race, Kelbycross, on Sunday the 27th,  joining in on the fun and helping out where we can.

If you’ve never heard of the sport, it’s a competition involving road bike l00k-a-likes with knobby tires run around a short course(1 mile-ish)  peppered with sections of dirt, asphalt, sand and short (18″) hurdles.  For 30-45 minutes per race, participants do laps on the course- all bent on exhausting themselves while having a great time .  If you just want to come out and watch,  giving the riders positive (or extremely negative) re-enforcement is a pretty great way to spend a couple hours. 

Do you have more questions or want to set up your mountain bike or old hybrid for your first race? Come see us tonight at 6 or Wednesday at 7!  We’ll talk “cross” with you or help you fix whatever bike problem you can throw at us.

In the spirit of the season, we would really like to build up some cyclocross-ready bikes to make it easier for someone to get into the sport. To that end, we will have a tent at the race, collecting old mountain or hybrid bikes and parts to build for intrepid soon to be cyclocross racers.

If you have  parts or frames that you are not using any more, we would love to re-purpose them!  As an added bonus, if you bring them straight to the bike co-op we will give you a FREE FLIER for the kelby cross race.

See you tonight!

2nd Annual Labor Day cookout!

September 5, 2011

Sweet Baby Rays!We are going to be working on bikes anyways, we may as well keep the tradition going and heat up the grill!  There will be food for meaties and veggies alike so bring a bike, an appetite or both.  We’ll see you at 6!

Note: Since our mechanics will mostly be involved with the technical side of both grilling and eating, the help provided will be limited to basic maintenance issues (like changing brake pads  or simple cable adjustments).  If you need help with more major work we will be fully prepared on Wednesday.  If you have major work and don’t need help, we will have the stands open the the tools out.

Co-op Closed Tomorrow, August 17th

August 16, 2011

We’ll be closed tomorrow, August 17th in honor of David Horst’s 30th birthday.  If you know him you know how hard he’s worked to keep the co-op alive, and we thought he deserved a night off.  Swing by Fly Bar that night if you’d like to give him your well wishes. Thanks!

Monday is July 4th!

July 1, 2011

and we’re going to be riding bikes, but not-so-much working on them. We’ll see you at 7 on Wednesday!

Shop closed for Memorial Day

May 30, 2011

   We know some of you want to do bike work today, but most of you don’t.   We are closed today in observance of Memorial Day. 

We’ll be open again on Wednesday, June 1st.  See you then!