University Bicycle Resource Center

UW Transportation Services provides the University Bicycle Resource Center for those who are interested in performing tune-ups to their own bicycles. The University Bicycle Resource Center is staffed by Commuter Solutions student employees who work to encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation, particularly bicycling, walking, and transit.

    What the University Bicycle Resource Center offers:
  • Free use of tools, air pump and grease, lube and other supplies as available
  • Bicycle Air & Repair Stations map
  • Bicycle repair manuals
  • Bicycle maps
  • Bicycle registration assistance
  • Alternative transportation expertise of our student employees
  • Monthly bicycling events including rides, classes, movies and more. Check this space for details as they become available.
Hours

The UBRC hours:

  • Summer 2015 hours:

    Monday through Friday
    2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    ** UBRC will close at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015 **
Events

All events are free and are held at the University Bicycle Resource Center in the basement garage of H.C. White Library at 600 N. Park Street (unless otherwise noted). There is no registration required. Classes are first come, first served (limit 20 people per event).

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015
    3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Learn to BCycle
    Always wanted to use BCycle but never knew how? This informal session will answer all of your questions about Madison’s bike share program. Meet at the Lake Mendota end of Park Street by the BCycle station. There will be an at-station demo, review of membership plans and benefits, optional “test drives,” and BCycle swag.

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
    Adjusting Bike Fit
    Is biking discomfort keeping you from riding more? You may be able to make simple adjustments to your bike to improve your riding experience. UW Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator Chuck Strawser shares tips and provides simple adjustments and advice on additional changes you can make or things to look for in your next bike purchase. Bring a brown bag lunch!

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Graduate School Orientation Bike Tour
    The ride will begin from UBRC with a safety talk and take a leisurely route through campus and downtown. The focus is graduate students, but all are welcome to join. Bring your bike and a helmet. Ride time will be posted closer to the event date.

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Flat Fix
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Learn what you need to fix flat tires with confidence in this in-depth hands-on flat fix clinic for front wheels. There will be lots to learn for both beginners and people who have changed a flat before. Bring your bike or front wheel, if you’d like, or look on with another student. If you have a pump or tire levers you want to practice with, feel free to bring those - otherwise tools will be provided. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Rear Whell Removal and ABC Quick Check
    Learn how to remove your rear wheel for maintenance (a skill that many people struggle with) AND the basic mechanical safety check that every bicyclist should know. We Are All Mechanics guides you through a full system check of your bicycle that you can do in just a few minutes, every time you ride. Uncover mechanical problems before they become dangerous. Bring your bike or look on with a classmate. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Brakes
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. In this class, we will discuss brakes and minor brake adjustments. Bring your bike to class to identify and learn how to use your barrel adjusters, as well as clean your braking surfaces. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015
    12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
    Bike through Winter
    Tips on biking through the winter including lessons learned from a winter bicycling veteran. Suggestions for clothing and other gear plus basic winter maintenance tips and available resources. Class taught by Chuck Strawser. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch!

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
    Bike Traffic Skills
    Free class taught by UW Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Chuck Strawser. Learn the basics of vehicular cycling and keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding in traffic. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch!

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Annual Maintenance and Cleaning your Chain
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Keep your bike running smoothly throughout the year. You will learn and practice best techniques for cleaning and lubricating your chain and other routine maintenance. Bring your bike, if you’d like, or look on with another student. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Shifting and Derailleurs
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Learn the basics about how your bicycles gears work and how to keep them shifting smoothly. Bring your bike, if you’d like, or look on with another student. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Hub Overhaul Demo
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. The instructor will take apart a wheel hub and demonstrate repacking of wheel bearings. The inner workings of this simple but mysterious bicycle maintenance task will be revealed. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

Location

The University Bicycle Resource Center is located in the basement of Helen C White Library (in the northeast corner of the ground level of the parking garage) (maps)


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UW Commuter Solutions at 608-263-2969 or at cstrawser@fpm.wisc.edu