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Tutorials & Training

 

Blue Bike

One-On-One Tutorials

This level of instruction depends on the user and moves at the user's pace. If you want to learn how to lube your chain, we can help. If you want to learn how to overhaul your adjustable cup bottom bracket, we can help. If you want to learn how to strip your bike, paint it, overhaul everything, and come out with a completely different bike, we can help. You can always do research and watch a few youtube videos ahead of time so you are more comfortable; we can recommend all of the Park Tool videos.  

HOW TO SCHEDULE?

If you are a student come in during our normal business hours with your bike. Ask to be set up on one of our student tool boards. We will help you diagnose the problem and walk you through how to fix it! If you have to run to class and you're in the middle of a project, no worries! We have a bike rack out front just make sure you bring a lock.

If you are staff, faculty, or a community member of Cache Valley we charge $5 for three months of access. If you join the USU Commuter Club we can provide free toolboard access. We also provide Community Hours which are entirely free. Community Hours during the school year are 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are late enough that even if you have a bike in pieces, you can park for free at the university. We also have open trainings on different subjects every 

SAFETY CONCERNS?

We want to make biking around USU convenient, fun and most importantly safe. Please, if you have had an accident report it to the Campus Safety Police or Logan Police. For near misses, ways to report potholes, places where your bike got stolen or anything else safety related you can report it directly to the university if it is on or near university property using this link or you can report issues using bikemaps.org a website that makes it easy to report and allows us to build safer cycling networks. 

If you are interested in helping make our cycling networks safer, please consider joining the USU Bike Advisory Committee.

If you would like instruction or assistance on how to commute safely classes are offered at a rotating basis. You can sign up for classes by emailing margaret.mccarthy@usu.edu 

PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Use a U-lock and a cable. Cable locks can be easily cut. If you are going to use a cable lock only get one that is at least 10 mm thick. 

  • When locking, position your U-lock so that it secures the front wheel, the frame of your bike, and the object that you are locking to. Use your cable to loop through your rear wheel, and secure both ends to the U-lock. Here's what it should look like:

  • Locking up to trees, handrails, street signs and other street furniture not designed for bicycle-locking is called "flyparking". Flyparking can often allow you to park closer to your destination, but it creates obstructions for others, especially those who are disabled. It's inconsiderate, and it breeds ill-will towards the greater bicycle community. On top of that, studies have also shown that flyparking greatly increases your bike's likelihood of theft.
  • Its best to park on racks that are fixed into the ground. Often temporary racks are not going to be there forever and they do not get moved. If you abandon your bike and leave it parked for more than two weeks it can be taken by USU Police. 


ONLINE EXTRAS

These educational videos and articles have information we feel is important for cyclists to know and live by. However, we did toss a few in for shear entertainment.

ARTICLES

Articles are provided for thought. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Aggie Blue Bikes.

Stop Means Stop: How do we get bikers to obey traffic laws?

This article examines two differing thoughts among cyclists with regard to stop signs and the dichotomy that exists of being either "vehicularists" or "facilitators".

Why We Need To Dream Bigger Than Bike Lanes

This article looks at the history of creating a society for cars and examines how we can dream bigger for healthier more sustainable societies. 

Are Mountain Bikers Accidental A-holes?

This article explains how adrenaline can make people less than polite and discusses ways to snap out of the hormone and be a kinder trail user.