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Massachusetts retailer hosts women’s mechanic clinic

Published May 23, 2018

SHERBORN, Mass. (BRAIN) — Steve the Bike Guy Velo Studio hosted more than 15 women on Sunday, May 20, for the inaugural STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic at Unity Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

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Led by Andrea Smith, the only female mechanic on the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, and Steve Brandt, owner of the Velo Studio and USA Cycling Certified Race Mechanic, the three-hour hands-on session covered basic bike mechanics including how to evaluate and care for a bike and make proper adjustments when it’s out of tune.

“Knowledge is power. One way to encourage more women to ride bikes is to help them understand how to take care of their equipment, and what do to in case of emergency," said Kristin Brandt, event organizer and Velo Studio marketing manager. "While we just scratched the surface during this clinic, we hope each attendee left feeling more informed, prepared and empowered to take on whatever comes their way."

Profits from the STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic will be donated to Unity Farm, a nonprofit providing rehabilitation and permanent housing for distressed farm animals, and to Little Bellas, which helps young women realize their potential through mountain biking.

The STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic was supported by Colavita Cares, Tetra Bike Care, Garneau, Park Tool, Yasso and Sundin Associates.

Women interested in attending future clinics can sign up for the Velo Studio newsletter here.

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