Sustainability Institute Offers Bike Maintenance Workshop

Posted: August 18, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

The following information was provided by the Office of Sustainability.

Mason’s Sustainability Institute will offer “Bike Maintenance for the Mechanically Un-inclined” on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The free workshop, held at Green Acres, Room 119, 4401 Sideburn Road in Fairfax, will review the most basic repairs and maintenance that every cyclist should know.

Mason student Tyler Orton will instruct participants on how to repair flat tires and how to diagnose what caused them. The class will also cover the process for removing the wheel and properly using the quick releases on the brakes and wheels. Proper chain lubrication will also be covered. All materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Bikes are not needed for the class (but participants are encouraged to ride them to the class).

Orton, a Mason senior majoring in music, has been a professional bicycle mechanic at Oasis Bike Works since 2008 and has worked on thousands of bicycles. He has provided on-site mechanical support for many races and events, including Bike to Mason days. Orton is a daily bike commuter with a vast knowledge of cycling in the Fairfax area who enjoys sharing this knowledge with the community. Recently, he has been working with Mason’s Office of Sustainability and the Office of Parking and Transportation on bicycle-related projects.

The institute provides sustainability-oriented education and skills development for Mason and its surrounding communities. The institute was created to bring together local businesses, students, community members, governments, nonprofit organizations and Mason faculty and staff members to advance sustainability stewardship of the Northern Virginia region.

Register for the bike workshop online.

For more information, email Danielle Wyman at


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