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Bike Clinic: Brake Overhaul w/ Matty Semkowich

April 24, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 5:30 pm

Registration Closes: Friday April 22 @ 3pm
Matty - Instructor of all things Bikes at the Asheville ReCyclery

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: (March 27) We’ll discuss flat repair, proper lubrication, full pre-ride safety check, including brakes, derailleurs, torque specs and proper bicycle sizing. Click here to for more details.

Brake Overhaul: (Register Below) How to make your bike stop! We will discuss different brake assemblies and how to set them up and maintain them.

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, April 24, 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 April 22 @ 3pm
90 Biltmore Ave, behind and beneath the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville
Asheville, NC United States
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Kimberly Dunn

Finance Manager (she/her)

Having grown up in a multicultural family, Kimberly’s love for languages and traditional cultures is infused into everything she creates. After many years overseas, she now calls the Appalachian mountains her home and continues to keep the adventure alive by staying close to the wild. Kimberly is a singer songwriter, dancer, women’s circle facilitator, personal finance astrologer, bookkeeper, yoga teacher, and chef.