REI offers many free classes and events at area stores on a wide variety of recreational topics like bicycling, hiking, climbing, camping, outdoor fitness, snowsports, and more. The free classes generally introduce newcomers to a sport like snowboarding or paddle boarding, or talk about different aspects of a sport such as different types of skiing (downhill versus cross country).
Free REI classes and events
Of special interest to bikers are classes on Bike Maintenance Basics with routine maintenance that keeps you riding smooth, and other minor adjustments you can make for road or trail biking.
Free REI classes and events fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible to guarantee your spot. To find a class, check out the offerings at any Washington REI store near you in the list below:
- Alderwood/Lynnwood: http://www.rei.com/stores/35
- Bellingham: http://www.rei.com/stores/65
- Issaquah: http://www.rei.com/stores/116
- Kennewick: http://www.rei.com/stores/75
- Olympia: http://www.rei.com/stores/141
- Redmond Town Center: http://www.rei.com/stores/20
- Seattle (flagship store): http://www.rei.com/stores/11
- Southcenter/Tukwila: http://www.rei.com/stores/78
- Spokane: http://www.rei.com/stores/24
- Tacoma: http://www.rei.com/stores/69
There are also other REI classes and events for a fee that go into more detail or cover advanced topics. But the free classes can be a great way to learn something new or brush up on an activity that you do infrequently, or simply want to learn more about.
In addition to classes and events, REI offers free, downloadable information.
Free Cycling Articles and Videos
In addition to free bike maintenance classes, there are free, downloadable cycling articles and checklists (some accompanied by video) on topics from bike maintenance to cycling skills and riding tips. Whether you are a novice or experienced rider, the articles cover everything you might need to know about biking in the city or on the trail.
You will find articles about choosing a bike for mountain trails versus urban commuting, selecting bike features and riding gear for the type of bicycling you intend to do, plus basic and advanced repair and maintenance articles and videos, and many other useful topics.
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