Courses 2021

The courses are sponsored within the project „Integration macht mobil II“ by the European Social Fund (ESF). All courses are especially adressed to people living in Dresden-Friedrichstadt. For those they are free of charge.

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In addition to normal opening hours, we are planning the following COURSES:

  1. Bike Repair Courses
    1. Introduction 
    2. Continuation
  2. Women*’s Bike Repair Course
  3. Women*’s How to Ride a Bike
  4. How to Build a Bicycle Wheel (online)
  5. Cargobike Workshop

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1.1 Bike Repair – a practical introduction ¦ !new courses in 2022
Your Rusty steed (aka bicycle) runs no more and you want to get it going yourself? But you don’t know how (that screw comes lose)? During our en-bloc course we talk about the most important basics of biycle repair. We use the four hours to talk about theory, practice ourselves and in the end we will still have time for your specific questions.

Content:

  • 101 on parts and tools
  • Quick Inspection: What’s broken?
  • Everything regarding tubes, tires, flats and tire pressure
  • Brake adjustment and maintenance (basics)
  • Fixing the lights (basics)
  • Your questions…?

Additionally, we will give you tips on literature and homepages, which help you repair your bicycle. There is also time to talk about what bugs your bike.

When? – Sat, tba
How long? – from 10 am till 2 pm
Who? – Everyone who is interested, especially from Dresden-Friedrichstadt
Registration? – via e-mail or Facebook (DM), registration is binding
Please register at least 4 days prior to the course! Please attach your adress so we know if you live within our area of sponsorship.
Costs? – none! Number of participants is limited!

Please bring practical clothes (close toed, sturdy shoes; work clothes) and your bicycle, in need of repair if necessary.
If you require child care during the course, please let us know and we will try to organize it for you.

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1.2 Bike Repair – a practical continuation ¦ !new courses in 2022

Squeak! Creak! Rattle! Drag! Those sounds are given to us for free by badly adjusted gears, worn chains and old bearings. All that combined with no lights, because your bike’s lighting system gave out months ago, and the trip to the bike shop becomes inevitable. Unfortunately, that trip is not free.
Or is it? Do it yourself is also an option and how you do repairs like these yourself, will be taught to you in this course.

Content:

  • How to adjust your shifters and gears
  • Maintanance, how to notice wear on, and changing of chain and cassette
  • How to fix your lighting system
  • Maintanance and repair of bearings (drivetrain, stearing, wheels)

Additionally, we will give you tips on literature and homepages, which help you repair your bicycle. There is also time to talk about what bugs your bike.

When? – Sat, tba
How long? – from 10 am till 2 pm
Who? – Everyone who is interested, especially from Dresden-Friedrichstadt
Registration? – via e-mail or Facebook (DM), registration is binding
Please register at least 4 days prior to the course! Please attach your adress so we know if you live within our area of sponsorship.
Costs? – none! Number of participants is limited!

Please bring practical clothes (close toed, sturdy shoes; work clothes) and your bicycle, in need of repair if necessary.
If you require child care during the course, please let us know and we will try to organize it for you.

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2. Women*’s Bike Repair Course ¦ 10 am – 6 pm ¦ 16.10.2021
Your bicycle is a trusty steed and reliably brings your everywhere, but you are at a loss if it “limps”? You would like to be able to fix it yourself, but sometimes you need a moment and an explanation – without worrying about sexist comments at the bike shop or the self-hep shop? Then the women*’s bike repair course is for you. In a relaxed atmosphere you have the whole day to learn which parts your bicycle is made off, which tools are used for what, and how to use them. Similarly to the introductory course, we will do the most important repairs, together. If needed, we can also take on some more tricky cases.

When? – Sat, 16.10.2021
How long? – from 10 am till 6 pm
Who? – Interested women*, especially from Dresden-Friedrichstadt
Registration? – via e-mail or Facebook (DM), registration is binding
Please register at least 4 days prior to the course! Please attach your adress so we know if you live within our area of sponsorship.
Costs? – none! Number of participants is limited!

Please bring practical clothes (close toed, sturdy shoes; work clothes) and your bicycle, in need of repair if necessary.
If you require child care during the course, please let us know and we will try to organize it for you.

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3. Women*’s How to Ride a Bike Course ¦ No free places left!
This offer is foremost directed toward women* from Dresden-Friedrichstadt, but it is also open for women* from all over Dresden.

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world.” Susan B. Anthony, 1896

And because of that, the goal of this course is to learn this wonderful way of going around. Firstly, we will deal with the most important traffic rules and useful theory regarding bicycle riding. During the following appointments, you will have the opportunity to practice riding a bicycle with our support. Of course you can do this in a safe, car free area. Finally, we will have a little bike tour through the city, with a picknick at the end.

Preliminary schedule:

  1. Practice driving (incl. Introduction to traffic rules)
    When: starting time TBA, on tba
    Where: Ice Skating Rink at Ostragehege / Magdeburger Str. 10, 01067 Dresden
  2. A Little Bike Tour – riding in real traffic
    When: on tba, presumably 10 am – 1 pm
    Where: Ice Skating Rink at Ostragehege / Magdeburger Str. 10, 01067 Dresden

If you participated on 4 of the appointments, you will receive a participation certificate and a bicycle, including a lock.

Registration mandatory! If you want to participate, please send an e-mail containing the following information:

  • Name and Address
  • Bicycling experience and height, idealy length inside your leg (inseam) to determine the size of bicycles needed.

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4 How to Build a Bicycle Wheel – online ¦ !new courses in 2022

The German version of this article indulged in punniness that won’t work in English, so lets jump right in. You know, that round thing in the front and the back of your bike, consisting of hub, spokes and rim, that’s what this course is about.

You have always wanted to build a bike wheel from scratch? But you were overwhelmed by sizes of hub flanges, length of spokes and how often to cross them, width of the rim? No problem, because during this course we will show you,…

… how to change over the hub, if the rim is worn
… what you need to know about length and thickness of spokes, which spoke pattern to use
… how to build a wheel from scratch
… how to true a wheel

Schedule:

  • ahead of start: determination of the specific projects and material
  • 03.03.2021: meet and greet, wear and material, determine length of spokes
  • 10.03.2021: spoke patterns, lacing
  • 17.03.2021: truing stand, lateral truing, vertical truing

When? – Wed. tba
How long? each day from 6 till 9 pm
Who? – Everyone who is interested, especially from Dresden-Friedrichstadt
Registration?
– via e-mail or Facebook (DM), registration is binding
Please register at least 4 days prior to the course! Please attach your adress so we know if you live within our area of sponsorship.
Costs?
none! Number of participants is limited!

Please have your own project in mind, we can supply material in other cases.
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5 Cargobike Workshop ¦ !new courses in 2022

Teaser: “Müllfix” and more.

When?tba
How long?
 – each day from 10 am till 6 pm

Who? – Everyone who is interested, especially from Dresden-Friedrichstadt
Registration?
– via e-mail or Facebook (DM), registration is binding
Please register at least 4 days prior to the course! Please attach your adress so we know if you live within our area of sponsorship.
Costs?
none! Number of participants is limited to 4x 2 people!

Please bring practical clothes (close toed, sturdy shoes; work clothes), and needed material (if previously determined).
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More information on all our courses through our contact page. Please register before the courses!

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