The Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen (SBK) is a community-centered bicycle shop serving the residents of Sacramento. The organization was formed in order to promote cycling as a low-cost, alternative form of transportation; enable self-sufficiency through knowledge of bicycle maintenance; and promote bicycle safety through education and classes.
SBK wants to improve bicycling in Sacramento by making bicycle maintenance, repair, and training more widely available to everyone, regardless of skill level. To this end, we provide the space, tools, and staff necessary to help patrons learn how to perform any bicycle repair need they may have, all in exchange for a minimal cash donation. Besides running the bike shop, we also try to offer maintenance and safety classes and community outreach projects.
SBK relies on volunteers and donations to keep our doors open; visit our volunteer page for info on volunteer requirements and our donations page for the why, what, when, hows of donating!
Look for the Ivy near the intersection of 20th & I streets!
SBK’s doors are open during shop hours to anyone who loves and respects bicycling and their fellow cyclists as much as we do!
Sacramento is one of the most diverse communities in the nation. SBK is an organization that is committed to creating an environment that is free from bigotry and hate. Discrimination will not be tolerated and we try hard to maintain an open and safe environment for all. If you encounter someone that goes against this policy, please bring it to one of the core volunteers’ attention.
Join us for our hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to adjust your bike’s gear shifting system to improve shifting reliability and diagnose common problems like chain skipping. The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:
Learn key steps to adjust your rear and front derailleurs
Check how worn your chain is and whether it needs replacing
Diagnose common issues like sluggish shifting, chain skipping, and rubbing noises coming from the drive train.
If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it because we want you to learn how to fix *your* bike, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.
The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.
We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.
Please make sure you can attend all classes. Missed session material will not be repeated in subsequent sessions.
Prerequisites: Must be familiar with hub maintenance and wheel truing techniques.
March 31st, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm orientation
Why build your own wheels
Wheel lacing patterns
Spoke and nipple types
Wheel building tools
April 7th, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm
Spoke length calculation
Rim and spoke prep
Wheel lacing techniques
April 14th, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm
Spoke tensioning techniques
Dishing, achieving equal tension
Finalizing wheel build
No RSVP required. All questions regarding sessions will be addressed at the orientation. We only have three truing stands so, unless attendees bring their own, allocation will be determined by lottery. Attendees that do not have a stand to use are still welcome to watch, listen, and learn during these sections. Because of the logistics of these seminars (checking participants in, security and safety of demo props, etc…), once the session begins, no late comers are allowed to join the session.
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 Time: 10:00am-1:00pm In celebration of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) being held in Sacramento this year, we will be holding our annual Spring Velo Swap and Yard Sale the same weekend to … Continue reading →