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Peak Oil Discussion Group - Zen and the Art of Pedal Bike Maintenance

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Peak Oil Discussion Group - Zen and the Art of Pedal Bike Maintenance

Time: March 27, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Montgomery Legion (downstairs)
Street: 330 Kent St.
City/Town: Ottawa
Phone: 613-852-5063
Event Type: demo, discussion
Organized By: Ron St. Louis
Latest Activity: Apr 5, 2012

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The subject line might mislead you but I confess I'm no Robert M. Pirsig nor am I a professional bicycle mechanic.  I have however been doing my own bike repairs and maintenance since I've been off my training wheels twenty some year by now. I've also read both of RMP's books several times and have found them to be essential reading and highly recommend them, especially his follow-up novel, Lila.

This month is an ideal time to get those bikes in order. It also happens that the subject matter ties right in with energy and sustainability. Please join us for a demonstration and discussion amongst like-minded people in your community.

I will take a stab at doing a demo on general bike maintenance that should help you get your bike up and rolling for the season. To demonstrate this I will bring in my bike(s) and perform some of the following tasks (because I need to do this anyways). Some of the topics I will attempt to cover in our time will be

  • necessary and recommended tools
  • changing tires and patching a flat
  • adjusting brakes (V-Brakes and caliper brakes, maybe more)
  • replacing brake and gear cables
  • tuning gears
  • cleaning and general maintenance (cable housing, drive chain and bearings)
  • adjusting ride comfort (seat and handlebar height)
  • what to look for when purchasing a quality bike

Hope to see you there or at the next meet up. We have plenty more interesting topics planned for the upcoming meetings and even a few weekend outings throughout the summer.

Please RSVP so we know how to best accommodate seating.
Attendance is free and donations are greatly appreciated to cover the cost of the room rental and will go to the Montgomery Legion.

Ron St. Louis

PS: If you have a bike and really need some help with it please message me in advance. Perhaps your bike will make a better demo model than mine or we can look at your particular issue.

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Comment by Ron St. Louis on April 5, 2012 at 2:25pm

Here are some great resources for bikes and repair.

Local Bike Coops

Bike repair guides

A good list of Bike shops can be found at and at

Comment by Krista Mayer on March 24, 2012 at 12:52pm

Marc will be coming too...

Comment by Chantal Duport on March 21, 2012 at 9:48am

Would love to come, but I have dance class that night.

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