Tune up, stretch out, get ready: May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month. Local bicycle enthusiasts are organizing events to celebrate throughout the month, with Bike to Work Week beginning May 11 and culminating on May 15 with Bike to Work Day.

Muscle Powered, a walking and biking advocacy group, is coordinating the event with support from the city and the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Area bike shops will be planning events at their own businesses and volunteers from throughout the community are also working on the project.

For more details on each of the events, or updates, visit http://www.bikecarson.com/events/.

May 4

- 6:30 p.m. Bicycle Commuter class at Comma Coffee " includes ABC Quick Check, riding in traffic, and bicycle laws, plus whatever topics the attendees would like to find out more about.

May 5

- 6 p.m. Bike Clinic at the Bike Habitat " How to Change a Flat Tire

May 6

- 5:30 p.m. Bike Social at the Feisty Goat Pub " Ride your bike to the Feisty Goat Pub for a pint and some socializing.

May 7

- 6:30 p.m. Commuter Forum at Comma Coffee " A forum designed for the novice commuter and those individuals interested in getting started. We'll have experienced bicycle commuters on hand to discuss and answer any questions you have about cycling to work and car-free living.

May 8

- 7 p.m. Full Flower Moon Ride in Ash Canyon " Evening ride in Ash Canyon. Bring lights if you want to keep riding after dark.

May 9

- Daytime Event at The Bike Smith (Details TBD)

- 6 p.m. Movie Night at Bike Habitat

May 10

- Kids Mountain Bike Ride on the Mexican Ditch Trail " A good introduction to off-road cycling on the mostly flat, hard-packed Mexican Ditch Trail. Mountain bikes or BMX style bikes with knobby tires recommended, Helmets required.

May 11

- Bike to Work Week starts.

- Bicycle Commuter Challenge begins.

- 4 p.m. Commuter Celebration and Commiseration at Comma Coffee " This is an informal gathering for bicycle commuters to share stories (celebrate and commiserate), ask questions, share expertise and enjoy the company of other commuters.

- 6 p.m. Movie Night at The Bicycle Authority

May 12

- 4 p.m. Commuter Celebration and Commiseration at Comma Coffee

- 6 p.m. Bike Clinic at the Bike Habitat " Roadside Repair

May 13

- 4 p.m. Commuter Celebration and Commiseration at Comma Coffee

- 6 p.m. West Carson Cruiser Ride " A slow ride on Carson City's west side. A good family event.

May 14

- 4 p.m. Commuter Celebration and Commiseration at Comma Coffee

- 6:30 p.m. Flat Tire Clinic at the Comma Coffee courtyard " A hands on Flat Tire Clinic. Bring a wheel down, and learn how to repair a flat tire.

May 15

- Bike to Work Day.

- 7-9 a.m. Free coffee at designated commuter stations, which include:

Carson Coffee, 1825 N. Carson St.; Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.; Starbucks at 2320 S. Carson St. #1, 1410 E. William St., 3228 N. Carson St. #15, and 3325 Retail Dr. #100

- 4 p.m. Commuter Celebration and Commiseration at Comma Coffee

- 5:30 p.m. Party at the Firkin and Fox " Live Music, Bicycle Events, Raffle Prizes, New Belgium Beer, Team Wonderbike, and more.

May 16

- Daytime Event at The Bike Smith " Details TBA

May 17

- 9 a.m. Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson " Road Bike Ride around the perimeter of Carson City, approximately 26 miles.

May 19

- 6 p.m. Bike Clinic at the Bike Habitat " Home Bicycle Maintenance

May 26

- 6 p.m. Bike Clinic at the Bike Habitat " Preparing to Ride: This clinic will focus on nutrition, attire, gear, and other often overlooked areas of cycling.

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