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‘Forget YouTube’ – This Philly shop teaches cyclists how to repair their own bikes

‘Forget YouTube’ – This Philly shop teaches cyclists how to repair their own bikes

Eric Holte (left) learns to fix his bike with volunteer Michael Benko (right) at Bike Church, a learn-to-repair bike event at Neighborhood Bike Works in…

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Eric Holte (left) learns to fix his bike with volunteer Michael Benko (right) at Bike Church, a learn-to-repair bike event at Neighborhood Bike Works in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) Neighborhood Bike Works in West Philadelphia isn’t like other bike shops.

Yes, you can buy bikes there or drop off your ride to get a tune-up, but what sets the nonprofit shop apart is their commitment to educate young and adult cyclists on how to fix bikes themselves.

That was the case for Eric Holte, who walked into the shop on 3939 Lancaster Ave. on one rainy Tuesday night.

“I don’t know how to fix my bike, and that’s why I’m here … learning from these wonderful folks,” said Holte.

Holte, 55, has been riding bikes since he was a young boy. Now, as an adult, he rides all around Philadelphia, from Forbidden Drive to the gym. In all his years riding for recreation, he never fixed a bike issue himself, but that evening, he had a flat and no shop was open.

Enter: Bike Church . Bike Church is a DIY event at Neighborhood Bike Works in West Philly that invites riders to learn how to repair their own bikes. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) Sustainable Fashion Week comes to Philly for the first time. The event highlights local designers and invites all to learn more about sustainability.

1 week agoBike Church is one of the programs run by Neighborhood Bike Works. It’s a weekly time when the shop opens itself up for do-it-yourself repairs. During these open hours, […]

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