Bicycle Programs

Seven wet smiling people posing on mountain bikes

The UMass Lowell Bike Shop in conjunction with the Outdoor Adventure Program hosts a variety of bike rides as well as instructional programs and clinics.

Ski/Snowboard Tune Bench

Ski and Snowboard Wax and Tune Clinic

Ski and SnowboardThis clinic will go over the basics of how to wax skis and snowboards to keep them sliding smoothly and quickly throughout the season.  We have lots of older skis to practice on before you commit to waxing your own skis/board.  Wax included.  We may also discuss and demonstrate basic edge sharpening and simple base repair.  You can also use our ski bench for open shop time anytime the Outdoor Center and Bike Shop is open.    

Location: Outdoor Center and Bike Shop

Cost: UMass Lowell Students / Faculty / Staff / Alumni FREE; Public $20

Group Ride Group Picture

Open Group Bike Rides! - Slow Roll

Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. Starting March 29, 2023

Our FREE weekly group rides are a great way to have fun, get some exercise and meet others who are interested in bikes! These rides are intended to be a relaxed, inclusive, social ride around Lowell open to anyone who wants to join. Don't have a bike? No problem! The Bike Shop can get you set up with what you need to enjoy an evening on two wheels. Our rides take place mostly on side streets and shared paths. They have a fun, relaxed, no drop pace where no one gets left behind. This is a great way to get oriented to the riding and some fun locations in Lowell. Participants must complete a waiver and registration. Location: Outdoor Center and Bike Shop


Two smiling student staff members working on a bike

Bike Maintenance Basics Workshops

This workshop teaches participants the ABC's of bike maintenance. Participants will learn how to assess the condition of all parts of their bike, how to keep it clean and lubricated, and will provide an overview of basic tune up skills.

Each skill will be reviewed by a mechanic, then participants will practice on their own bike with feedback. No previous experience in bike repair or maintenance is required. Topics to be reviewed include air, brakes, chain, shifting, quick releases, cleaning and lubrication.

Location: Outdoor Center and Bike Shop

Cost: UMass Lowell Students / Faculty / Staff / Alumni FREE; Public $20

Cyclist riding a dirt road in Autumn with colorful trees

Bike Commute Basics

Thinking about Bike Commuting? Join us for a light-hearted lunchtime presentation of bike commute topics!

Topics include bike selection and setup, accessories, route planning, dressing for success, bike maintenance, incorporating trains and busses, rules of the road, securing your bike and University Resources. We'll be doing this presentation in various locations around campus to be able to include folks from all parts of the university. Bring your own lunch and your bike if you like! Registration is FREE and encouraged beforehand.

Sunset Biking on the Merrimack Bike Path

Learn to Ride a Bike

The Learn to Ride a Bike clinic is offered to help people who are interested in learning to ride a bike for the first time or after a long period of not riding. This instructional session will cover the essentials of riding a bike including choosing and fitting a bike, how to use the various components and practice riding in a calm and controlled environment. Lots of individual attention is available with 1:4 instructor to participant ratio. Rental bikes and helmets are included for use during the class.

Location: Outdoor Center and Bike Shop.

Cost: FREE UML Students / Faculty / Staff, $20 Public