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A bag of coffee from 8th & Roast in Nashville, featuring a round yellow sticker that reads "Official Bike Month Coffee"
 
Summertime riding with a cold treat afterwards - it's a timeless joy.

BIKE FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME

In this issue: rides, classes, & gratitude for YOU

June Events & July Preview

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Saturday, June 18th
Juneteenth Freedom Day ride

Organized by Bike For Equality with support from Black Girls Do Bike, Oasis Bike Works, Walk Bike Nashville and Music City Dope Pedalers. There will be a 25 mile self guided marked route and a 10 mile group/family ride led by the Music City Dope Pedalers. Start is at Frankie Pierce Park in 37203.

Saturday, June 18th SOLD OUT
Learn to Ride for 7 & 8 year olds

Do you know a 7 or 8 year old who needs some confidence coaching to learn to ride a bike? Bring them to the Bike Fun Learn to Ride class on Saturday, June 18th, from 9-11am. We'll work on basic bicycle operation, balance, and control. This class is designed for students who have never pedaled without training wheels. We are planning other classes like this - if you are interested, be in touch!

Saturday, June 25th, 8:30a meet / 9a roll
#coffeeoutside ride from Shelby Park 

Join us for a social, casual, group bike ride. On-street and trailways. Meet at the Shelby Park Nature Center (TRAIL SIDE not parking lot) for a roll out at 9am over to Yeast Nashville in the Five Points area. Anticipated 10 mile round trip. Casual, no drop, party pace. This continues our #coffeeoutside rides on the last Saturday of the month. Locations will vary so watch the calendar of events for more info.

One-on-one Riding & Maintenance Lessons
Ongoing dates - our instructors can be available most days of the week; specifics are generally best sorted out with direct contact. 

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Saturday, July 16th, 9a-11a
Basic Bicycle Maintenance 13+

There are 3 simple things you can do to keep your beautiful freedom machine running in tip top shape. Learn all of them - and more - at the Bike Fun Basic Bike Maintenance class. Class limited to 10 students; ages 13+ are welcomed! Bring your bike or work on one of ours. We'll be outside; class is weather pending.
View the events calendar

Three bicycle riders pose for the camera, smilingPedal, Forward! continues
 

Every Thursday through September, join us for our regular FTW/women-only group bicycle rides. Any time is great to ride, of course, but it's even better when it's with new bike friends. This ride is no-drop, slow roll, centering new and returning riders. A brief maintenance topic will be covered at the beginning of the ride.

Alternating start locations in East and North Nashville. See the calendar for more details.

Weather cancellations will be posted on the Bike Fun Twitter account by 3p day of the ride. 

A wall of saddlesThank you - yes, YOU!
 

Bike Fun was created in 2016 to provide a space for curious people to learn more about bike riding - whether it was their first time on a bicycle or their one hundredth.

So far in 2022 we have connected with over 100 people who have come to classes, rides, or participated in one-on-one instruction. We have been able to hire 2 instructors, produce educational materials, and make headway into establishing community partnerships. 

From everyone involved at Bike Fun, THANK YOU for your support, your donations, your comments and feedback. 

Clean bike, happy life!

Hot weather + cool hoses = a good time to clean your bike! Take a sponge, scrub brush, bucket with very dilute solution of dish soap, and spend some time outside with your bike.

IMPORTANT: Don't use a high pressure hose setting!

Flip it upside down and make sure to get into the underside nooks and crannies around the bottom bracket. Rinse thoroughly with a gentle stream of water, and then either leave in the sun to dry or wipe down with a soft towel.

If you have disc brakes make sure to wash them completely, then use a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol to clean the rotors of any possible soap residue. If you have an e-bike, make sure to cover the battery connectors & opt for less water, more elbow grease. (Better yet, check the manufacturer's website or manual for recommended cleaning tips.) 

See this website for good direction on cleaning your bike!
 
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"Bike Fun strives to make bicycle riding in Nashville - and beyond! - accessible and enjoyable no matter your age, background, or experience level. Thank you for your support." 
- KJ Garner, Board President


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