A growing community of cycling and beer enthusiasts is helping others get back on the road with their bicycles.
Tri-Cities Bikes and Brews is hosting a tune-up and adjustment event Sunday (Aug. 14) at Patina Brewing in Port Coquitlam.
Organizer Bill Jones, who founded the group last fall as a way to connect with other recreational cyclists in the Tri-Cities who enjoy a pint after their pedal, said the event is a way to help give cyclists whose bikes have been gathering dust in the garage or basement that little mechanical nudge to get out on the road or local trails.
It also ensures experienced cyclists keep their steeds in tip-top shape.
Volunteers experienced in the mechanics of derailleurs, chains, cassettes and brake pads will be on hand to make the adjustments and minor repairs to drivetrains and brakes that can make the difference between a smooth, pleasant day out on the bike and a miserable, rattling experience.
They’ll also clean, polish and lube your bike to a place of pride.
Each low-cost service comes with a beer or non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy while you wait.
Jones said the money raised will help fund future events Tri-Cities Bikes and Brews is planning to help raise awareness of safe cycling routes around the region, like a marathon charity ride on the Traboulay PoCo Trail.
Jones said the group has grown to more than 580 members since it started as a call-out on social media.
A regular "Thirstday" ride to visit a local brewery or two has now expanded to include a shorter, introductory ride on Tuesdays.
More plans are in the works, he added, including a website with reviews of favourite beers and wayfinding tips. And unlike some road riding groups that are all about distance and pace, the Bikes and Brews vibe is more casual and social.
The bike service event runs Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Patina Brewing (2332 Marpole Ave.).
All services, like minor tune-ups, adjustments and cleaning are first-come, first-served.
For more information about Tri-Cities Bikes and Brews, you can visit its Facebook page.