Rochester Bicycling Club

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Andy Stewart, RBC Education Director, turned his first wrench for pay in 1973.  He learned his craft at Geo Rennie’s and Pedallers before leaving Rochester for Cleveland, where he owned and managed “Bike One” for 15 years.  Dozens of budding mechanics and hundreds of riders have been taught bike repair, riding skills and even frame building by Andy over the years.  He returned to his Rochester roots and now works at Full Moon Vista.  He welcomes the opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with members, whether at the clinics or on our club rides.

This year there are some changes starting with the venue. The Penfield Recreation Center, located at 1985 Baird Rd, has offered to
host our clinics. We look forward to growing our relationship with them and the likely addition of Penfield residents attending our clinics.

Penfield Rec. will be managing the clinic sign up process for all the clinics. RBC members can link to them through our website clinics page or go directly to them at their site  webtrac.penfield.org  (use search key word "bicycle club" to see all our clinics) . Note that all clinics will require a prior registration (you will need to establish an account first to register). 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Andy could use some help during the “hands on” portion of the Flat Tire Clinics.  It would involve a couple of hours at one or more of the clinics to guide the student in the fine art of fixing a flat.  If you can help, drop Andy a note.

Upcoming Clinics

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Penfield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Community Rm

    Is your bike ready for the Spring?

    Let us show you what your bike needs before you head out for your first club ride. We’ll learn how to assess and discuss possible servicing in detail. Andy’s hope is that the attendees’ early rides will be trouble free and they will be able to better monitor and anticipate their bikes needs during the rest of the season.  Attendees may bring their bikes and, time permitting, Andy will assess each bike’s condition.

    Clinic Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org  (use the keyword search term "prepare") 


    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Penfiield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Community Rm

    This is a hands on class in dealing with the most common problem bikes have. Attendees bring their bike or wheel (if they already know how to remove and reinstall the wheel) along with any tools, tubes, pumps they have. We’ll instruct everyone through a trial tire/tube repair. If attendees wish to bring fresh tires or tubes they are welcome to. Questions about care, prevention and current trends will be covered.

    Expect to get dirty. Class size is limited to insure best instructor/attendee interaction.

    Clinic Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org   (use the keyword search term "flat tire")  

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Penfiield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Community Rm

    This is a hands on class in dealing with the most common problem bikes have. Attendees bring their bike or wheel (if they already know how to remove and reinstall the wheel) along with any tools, tubes, pumps they have. We’ll instruct everyone through a trial tire/tube repair. If attendees wish to bring fresh tires or tubes they are welcome to. Questions about care, prevention and current trends will be covered.

    Expect to get dirty. Class size is limited to insure best instructor/attendee interaction.

    Clinic Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org  (use the keyword search term "flat tire") 

    • 09 May 2019
    • 11 May 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Penfield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, back parking lot

    How much do you really know about safe riding?

    We are excited to be able to offer a series of bicycle safety classes this year led by RBC Member, Lori Burch.  Lori is a Cycling Instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists.  

    Part 1 (Thursday, May 9, 7:00PM) will cover basic bike handling skills for the beginning cyclists or for those looking to improve their handling skills.  

    Part 2 (Saturday, May 11, 1:00PM) will cover hazard avoidance skills as well as recommended gear for safe cycling.  

    These will be hands-on, active participation classes, so bring your bike, rain jacket and your helmet!  Class size is limited to a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 attendees. Sign up required.  As these parts are largely held outside, extreme weather will be a cause to reschedule.  

    A registration fee of $25 is required when signing up.  Current RBC members will have this fee refunded upon completion of both parts of the Safety Class.  

    Course Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org  (use the keyword search term "Bike") 

    Part 1-  Improve your comfort level and confidence with riding on 2 wheels!  This is a hands-on, active participation cycling class so bring a helmet and your bike.  In this class participants will learn about and practice the following basic cycling skills in the safety of a closed parking lot:

    • Proper bike and helmet fit
    • The ABC Quick Check for a safe ride
    • Effective starting and stopping
    • How to ride in a straight line
    • Basic shifting
    • How to “scan” (looking behind you) while moving
    • Proper signaling
    • Quick stop

    Part 2-  Once you have mastered basic handling skills, the next step in riding a bike safely is to learn how to avoid common road hazards with ease. This is a hands-on active participation cycling class so bring a helmet and your bike.  In this class participants will learn about and practice the following skills in the safety of a closed parking lot:

    • Proper helmet fit
    • The ABC Quick Check for a safe ride
    • Quick Stop
    • Rock Dodge
    • Avoidance Weave
    • Quick Turn

    Additionally participants will learn about recommended tools, accessories and equipment to carry with them when riding to keep the rider safe and prepared.


    • 23 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Penfield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Community Rm

    All About Your Bike

    This clinic is anything you want it to be.

    Got any questions about touring or other kinds of riding?

    Want to know how to shift your gears better? Problems with your pump?

    How to ride in a group?

    We can cover whatever you want. Bikes are welcome.  

    Clinic Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org  (use the keyword search term "Bike") 


    • 28 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Penfield Rec Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Community Rm

    Wheels Explained

    After a flat tire wheel issues are, perhaps, the next biggest reason to have an un rideable bike.

    Learn why we have spokes, bearings and how to care and feed your wheels. Time permitting Andy will demonstrate wheel truing.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring in their wheels.


    Clinic Registration must be done through the Penfield Rec Website.

    webtrac.penfield.org  (use the keyword search term "Wheels") 


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