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Fix Your Own Damn Bike: Time’s Up! Bike Co-Op

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This bike is beyond tacoed.

This bike is beyond "tacoed."

When hooligans ripped out the foam from my bike seat and bent my front wheel, I was so full of fury that I didn’t even try to think of a nicer adjective than 'œfucked.' But then a Time’s Up! volunteer told me that my wheel had been 'œTacoed.'

Time’s Up! is a bike co-op that offers in-depth workshops about everything from fixing flats to (occasionally) welding. Tonight, the Brooklyn location is having their Fix-Your-Own Bike workshop. For a nominal hourly donation, you bring your malfunctioning bike and Time’s Up! provides tools to use and volunteer mechanics to field questions. Even though there was little hope for my wheel, the volunteers were totally friendly and helpful in telling me how me to straighten my wheel. While I was attempting to wrangle the spoke wrench, my friend successfully fixed her brakes and put in a new tube. Their patio may be the closet thing to Portland in New York: there are chickens in the space where they sell used parts at reasonable prices.

Busy tonight? Haul your bike and across the river to the Manhattan Time’s Up on Thursday for their Fix-Your-own bike workshop. Either branch, you should get to the Fix-your-own bike workshop early. Stands fill up fast.

Time’s Up! Fix-Your-Own Bike workshop
99 South 6th Street [Williamsburg]
Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$3/hour suggested donation

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.