RECAP: Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Riding Skills Workshop

Photo: Sarah Boisen

SheJumps partnered with local bicycle shop Race Pace Bicycles to bring Maryland its first ever SheJumps Outdoor Education event—an interactive evening talking all things trails and tuning! Around 25 bike enthusiasts with a wide array of experience got the rundown from expert female mechanics on useful basic maintenance tips and tricks to add to their arsenal of skills.

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

The event began with a discussion of safe riding practices for biking within a city, where insights from Race Pace and attendees alike contributed to an informative dialogue. We then switched gears and got the low down on local mountain biking from the founder of Muddy Pedals, a local riding group focused on helping females gain mountain biking skills that allow them to get out and get after it with confidence and style!

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

After discussing flat repair, shifter/brake adjustments, chain lubrication and chain replacement, attendees had the opportunity to get hands on and put their new knowledge to practice! The laid-back atmosphere of the event allowed ladies to drift back and forth between stations, peruse regional riding maps and connect with new riding buddies over snacks and drinks donated by local partners.

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Muddy Pedals founder Erin discussed overcoming fears when beginning mountain biking, and the immense empowerment that can be found in joining female-riding groups.

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Attendees learned essential bike maintenance skills for both the road and trail—like flat tire repairs!

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Group instruction allowed attendees to bounce questions around with the mechanics as they arose.

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Participants got to work on brake/shifter adjustments and talk each other through the hands-on process.

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Photo: Sarah Boisen

Several local businesses donated items for the raffle, including bike lights, water bottles and pint glasses stocked up with plenty of trail essentials from Race Pace. Participants also received free swag throughout the evening from SheJumps partners Essential Wipes, Treeline Coffee and Eco Lips!

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A huge thanks to all of our local business partners who helped make Maryland’s first SheJumps event a tremendous success: Eco Lips, Big Agnes, Treeline Coffee, Mountain Hub, Essential Wipes and of course, our fantastic hosts, Race Pace Bicycles!

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Thank you again to all of the ladies who joined us for an empowering evening spent connecting over a shared love for bikes and the great outdoors! The enthusiasm you bring to these events truly does help encourage others to reach their highest potential when they discover that there are plenty of gals out there that are eager to share in adventure. We can’t wait to hear how you put the knowledge you gained at our clinic to use on the trail! Happy riding!