Archive for July, 2013

Point Grey/Cornwall is a GO!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

We are happy to announce that City Council approved the project for a greenway to run from Burrard Bridge to Jericho Beach, a much needed infrastructure upgrade for the area.

This will improve safety for the riders of the busy corridor, one of the most utilized by UBC commuters coming from North Van and Downtown. We hope it will also encourage more people to join in on the fun of cycling – an affordable, sustainable and increasingly safe transportation alternative for Vancouverites.

We thank the city for all the work it has done, and we thank each one of you who supported the project. Whether you wrote a letter of support or  talked about the project with your friends, you contributed to a significant victory for both the cyclists of the area and the City of Vancouver as a whole.

We are excited for the future of Vancouver! We hope you are too.



Tool of the Week #4 – Tire Levers

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This week, we are discussing tire levers, a small but incredibly useful tool in bike mechanics.

When to use: Tire levers or tire irons, are used to remove tires from a wheel in order to fix a flat.

How to use:  Fixing a flat tire is a good skill for any cyclist to know. It requires tires levers, as well as a patch kit or a new inner tube that fits your bicycle.  First, release your brakes and remove your wheel from your bicycle so you can get started! 

a) Check for Damage:

  1. Deflate the inner tube of the wheel completely by pressing down on the inner part of the valve.
  2. Using the scoop side of a tire lever, pry the edge of the tire over the wheel rim. Hook the other side of the tire lever to a spoke to secure it in place.
  3. Take another tire lever and continue along the rim under the tire, until the tire is completely off the rim on one side.
  4. Remove the tire and tube completely, being aware of the valve.  Note where the tire, tube and wheel line up – this information will be useful when looking flat tire culprit in a couple steps.
  5. Inflate the tube to find where the air is leaking from. Submerging the tube in water or using your lips or ear close along the tube can help find small holes.
  6. Check the rim and the inside and outside of the tire for sharp objects, especially examining the area of the tire and rim that lined up with the hole in the inner tube, if a hole was found.

b) Repair or Replace the Tube:

  1. If you find a hole, patch the tube. To patch, deflate the tube entirely and sand paper the area with the hole to help the glue adhere. Put a patch of glue larger than the patch around the hole, and firmly place the patch on the area. Apply pressure on the patch, allowing the glue to dry completely.
  2. If the hole is too large or do you not wish to patch the hole, get a new inner tube.
  3. Inflate the new or patched tube until it holds shape and put the tube back into the tire.
  4. Line up the tire valve with the hole in the rim and put one side of the tire back on the rim, with the tube still in the tire. Put the valve back in place and make sure it’s installed straight.
  5. Put on the other side of the tire on the rim with your thumbs, starting at the tire edge closest to the valve. Make sure that the tire does not pinch the tube at any edge!
  6. Inflate the tire to the PSI written on the side of tire.

c) Put the wheel back onto the bike. Make sure it is centered and tightened. Ride on!

*Thank you to for the tire levers photo.



Intro Bike Mechanics Workshops – Now Mondays in August

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The Bike Co-op has added another Intro Mechanics session in August on Monday evenings 6:15-8:15pm!

The dates are as follows:

  1. August 5 – No workshop due to the holiday
  2. August 12 – Intro to Bike, Flats & Tires + Brakes and Truing (condensed 6-15:8:30pm)
  3. August 19 – Bearings
  4. August 26 – Drivetrain



For co-op members: $5 per workshop, $15 for 4 workshops

For non co-op members: $10 per workshop, $30 for 4 workshops



Register here: Workshop Registration Form.




We are restructuring our website!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Sorry for any weird glitches or inconveniences – we are restructuring the website so you can have an easier time finding out about our programs and services!

If you have any burning questions and can’t find the answer for them in the meantime, please contact us.



Support upgrades on Point Grey – Cornwall!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Your support is needed to make the Point Grey – Cornwall Corridor safer for people of all ages and abilities.  If you want a City where people can safely choose more sustainable modes of transportation, a place where everyday people can cycle & walk comfortably and without fear, then please let the Mayor and City Council know!


The best way is to write to and let them know that you support the project.

You can also sign this petition by HUB: Your Cycling Connection.

If you want more detail on the Point Grey – Cornwall Corridor Active Transportation Project, check out the City of Vancouver’s project webpage  or review the Phase 2 summary boards.


The AMS Bike Co-op supports the Point Grey – Cornwall project because it will create a safer environment for all area residents and those who commute by bicycle through this busy corridor.  We thank you in advance for your contribution and support, and hope to see you out riding on this exciting new infrastructure in the future!



Bike Art Crafternoons

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Crafternoons Poster

Come unleash your creative spirits making sustainable and socially relevant art!

All art pieces will be part of an exhibition in the SUB Art Galley.

Every Friday, 2pm at the Bike Kitchen



Stripping Party this Sunday

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


Where: Bike Kitchen

What:  STRIP!… some bikes with us! We’ll provide good music, good sunshine and good food – and you’ll be helping us get organized and make the most out of useful bike parts of not-so-useful-anymore bikes!

When: July 711:00am to 5:00pm