Updated: August 06, 2021 07:38 AM
Created: May 20, 2021 09:26 AM
A bike well-loved is bound to take a beating. Like any other fine-tuned machine, regular maintenance is a matter of safety.
Maintenance is Ski Hut Service Manager Ross Fraboni’s specialty. He’s been tinkering at Ski Hut for 20 years.
Ross said, "We get a lot of bikes that come down here broken and abused, damaged, or they just need their tires aired up."
Ross and his team are offering bike maintenance clinics every other Tuesday. In these classes, they teach you the necessary skills to keep your bike in tip top shape.
"The bike should work really well, it should be really safe first and foremost, and then after that, you can start tinkering with other things," said Ross.
People attending the clinics also learn what tools may be needed to keep things rolling.
Ross said, "You need the simple things. Allen wrenches, tire gauge, tire levers, probably a patch kit, a pump would be handy."
There’s a 101 Basics course and an advanced class. Each mechanic works with one or two attendees.
Sam Benzing attended one of the 101 clinics. She said, “The class was super awesome. It was definitely a welcoming environment and met where our needs were for all of the students. We got to work on the basic skills and then moved up a bit into more intermediate skills so that we’re all ready to hit the trails.”
Brent Gavin, also in attendance, said, "I've got a little bit of experience so I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but right away we were able to dive into some more advanced stuff, and it was a super helpful couple of hours. Couldn't be happier, really."
Space is limited for Ski Hut's bike maintenance clinics.
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