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Bike Clinic: Basic Maintenance w/ Matty Semkowich

March 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 5:30 pm

Registration Closes: Friday March 25 @ 3pm
people learning how to fix their bike

Join The Firefly Gathering and Matty of The Asheville ReCyclery for an ongoing interactive series of classes geared towards empowering participants to be less fossil fuel dependent and more capable of maintaining and repairing their own self-driven modes of transportation: their bicycles! Each workshop in our Bike Clinic series will focus on a different aspect of bicycle maintenance and repair.

Basic Bike Maintenance: (Register Below) We’ll discuss flat repair, proper lubrication, full pre-ride safety check, including brakes, derailleurs, torque specs and proper bicycle sizing.

Brake Overhaul: (April 24) How to make your bike stop! We will discuss different brake assemblies and how to set them up and maintain them. Click here to for more details.

Shifting Overhaul: (May 15) Because we live in the mountains! We’ll discuss different shifting assemblies and how to set them up and maintain them. Click here for more details.

Workshop Details

The workshop will be held from 2:00 – 5:30pm on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the ReCyclery in Asheville, NC. There is work space both indoors and outdoors. There are 10 stands for students to use, and the class is limited to 10 students, so bring your bike! All parts purchased through the bike shop will be in addition to the class fees, so bring cash to purchase tools or gear from the ReCyclery.

Who is this for: This class is for all skill levels. We begin explaining/ demonstrating at entry level then expand on the theories/ practices to an in depth completion. Experienced mechanics/ tinkerers know that new knowledge can always be gleaned from other’s approaches. Minimum age for students is 7.

There are only 10 spots in this class, so register early.

About the Instructor

With 30 years of cycling experience born out of mountain biking and honed over ten years as a bike messenger in Canada, Matty (he/him) prefers to live life on two wheels. He has toured both the U.S. and Canada by bike, encountering and welcoming the unexpected around every bend. As a professional bike mechanic, he co-runs a community non- profit teaching bike shop in Asheville, N.C. and is a League Of American Cyclists Certified Instructor of bicycle safety. He helps run Asheville On Bikes’ Bike Club program, teaching middle school youth road safety and confidence. Matty believes there is no day throughout the year that bikes can’t get us where we want to go.

Sliding Scale $65 – $25

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $65: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $45: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Price $25: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping to transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

Still not sure which pricing option to choose? Click here for questions that can help you self assess which ticket tier to select.


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Registration Closes: Friday March 25 @ 3pm

90 Biltmore Ave, behind and beneath the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville
Asheville, NC United States
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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.