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Old 08-06-11, 10:17 PM   #1
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Free Tune Up / Flat Repair Event - Help, Advise & Warnings

I often ride home from work, only to find some kid sitting in my driveway needing help with a flat or simple adjustment. Today I ran out and picked up more tube repair kits, and I got to thinking....

I've been thinking of hosting a community event(s) to get people together to help fix flats and give bicycles a quick tune up. Perhaps I can get a couple local store to donate some money for tubes, patches, etc... I'm sure I could get some neighbors, tools and the like for help. I was hoping for some idea, thoughts and advise.

Are there events already like this where you live?

Have you (all) ever put one of these events together?

Do they have some official name?

What suggestions would you give me?

Are there things I should look out for or avoid?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-07-11, 01:32 AM   #2
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One thing that would help is to tell us where you are. Without that key piece of information it'll be hard for people to offer you advice on whether or not something already exists.
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One thing that would help is to tell us where you are. Without that key piece of information it'll be hard for people to offer you advice on whether or not something already exists.
Live near ( 10 miles ) Salt Lake City, Utah. We have a great bike collective in the city. They do education, work to own program and $5 a night rental for a fully tooled workbench. I was thinking more of having this event in my little town.
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Piggy back on other events, festivals, religious events, ect. You will meet people who have managed such events.
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^^^This. Friend of mine started a bike clinic at his local farmer's market 2 years ago. Last year they expanded and I took the one down the hill from where I live. We did just shy of 300 bikes last year. By holding your clinic at another event it helps to advertise it;people who aren't hardcore cyclists will come to the event,see you,and then become interested. I've had many people see me at the market and decide to finally get their old bike out of the garage/basement/attic and have me give it the once-over.
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Piggy back on other events, festivals, religious events, ect. You will meet people who have managed such events.
This. We've given away 400 bike helmets at a local fair over the last 4 years, and REI has done minor bike repairs at the same event. The fair is hosted by the Park District, and they were looking for more groups to ad to the mix when we decided to join. The name's changed over the years, but our portion hasn't changed much. Once people see what you're doing, they'll come up to talk if they're interested.
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Sounds like a good idea. Maybe also offer bike washes too.
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