On Sunday, May 20th, Steve the Bike Guy Velo Studio hosted over 15 women for the first STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic at Unity Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Armed with new toolboxes filled with the essentials, each attendee got greasy – not only learning how to evaluate their chain and cassette “health,” but also taking apart, cleaning, and re-assembling their cassette.
Led by Andrea Smith, a former masters national cyclocross champion and the only female mechanic on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, and Steve Brandt, owner of the Velo Studio and USA Cycling Certified Race Mechanic, the three-hour, hands on session covered basic bike mechanics including how to evaluate and care for their bike, and how to make adjustments when things aren’t working correctly.
“Knowledge is power. One way to encourage more women to ride bikes is to help them understand how to take care of their equipment, and what do to in case of emergency,” said event organizer and Velo Studio marketing manager, Kristin Brandt. “While we just scratched the surface during this Clinic, we hope each attendee left feeling more informed, prepared and empowered to take on whatever comes their way.”
Initial feedback from the Women Who Wrench has been positive with one attendee posting “Freedom is riding a bike…empowerment is knowing what to do when things go sideways and the ability to handle your own sh##.”
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Profits from the STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic will be donated to Unity Farm, a non-profit providing rehabilitation and permanent housing for distressed farm animals, and Little Bellas, a mountain bike organization whose goal is to help young women realize their potential through cycling.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
To Unity Farm Sanctuary for the perfect venue, and the friendly geese who came to say hello.
And to all the women who came out to learn, engage and get greasy!