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Events and Programs

Events and 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. In order to participate in this program please fill out our Online Adult Waiver or Online Minor (Under 18) Waiver and bring a completed Medical Questionnaire with you to the trip.

GROUP RIDES

Our group rides are a great way to have fun, get some exercise and meet others who are interested in bikes! Fall rides are focused on mountain biking and spring rides on road biking. Don't have a bike? No problem! The bike shop can get you set up with what you need to enjoy a day on two wheels. Mostofour rides take place on beginner or intermediate terrain and have a fun, relaxed, no drop pace where no one gets left behind.

TripDate / TimePlanned LocationSkill Level / Physical ExertionCostRegistrationRegistration Deadline
Mountain BikingSeptember 14, 10 a.m.Great Brook State Park, Carlisle, Mass.Beginner / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineSeptember 12, Noon
Bike TouringSeptember 15, 10 a.m.Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Lowell, Mass. - Acton, Mass.Beginner / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineSeptember 13, Noon
Bike TouringSeptember 29, 10 a.m.Lowell To Parlee Farm, Tyngsboro, Mass.Beginner / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineSeptember 27, Noon
Bike TouringOctober 13, 10 a.m.Nashua River Rail Trail Lowell to Hollis, N.H.Intermediate / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineOctober 11, Noon
Mountain BikingOctober 20, 10 a.m.Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro SF, Lowell, Mass.Intermediate / Moderate to Strenuous$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineOctober 18, Noon
Mountain Bike WeekendOctober 25-27Kingdom Trails, V.T.Intermediate / Moderate to Strenuous$65 UMass Lowell / $95 GuestRegister OnlinePretrip Meeting: October 22, 7 p.m.
Registration Deadline: October 22, Noon
Bike TouringNovember 3, 10 a.m.Lowell to Pelham, N.H.Intermediate / Moderate to Strenuous$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineNovember 1, Noon
Mountain BikingNovember 17, 10 a.m.Mine Falls Park, Nashua, N.H.Beginner / Easy to Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineNovember 15, Noon
Mountain BikingDecember 8, 10 a.m.Groton Town Forest, Groton, Mass.Intermediate / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register OnlineDecember 6, Noon
Bike TouringMarch 22, 10 a.m.Lowell to Dunstable, Mass.Beginner / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register Online
Bike TouringApril 5, 10 a.m.Lowell to Pepperell, Mass.Intermediate / Moderate$10 UMass Lowell
$0 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register Online
Midnight Marathon Bike RideApril 19-20, 9 p.m.Hopkinton to Boston, Mass.Beginner to Intermediate / Moderate$15 UMass Lowell
$10 with own Bike
$30 Guest
Register Online
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. 

Contact us in advance if you need to borrow a bike for the workshop.

ClassDates / TimesCostRegistrationRegistration Deadline
Bike Maintenance BasicsSeptember 26, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineSeptember 25, Noon
Bike Maintenance BasicsOctober 10, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineOctober 9, Noon
Bike Maintenance BasicsOctober 24, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineOctober 23, Noon
Bike Maintenance BasicsMarch 19, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineMarch 18, Noon
Bike Maintenance BasicsApril 2, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineApril 1, Noon
Bike Maintenance BasicsApril 16, 6-8 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell / $10 PublicRegister OnlineApril 15, Noon

SMART CYCLING

Cycling in and around Lowell can be challenging but it is also a great way to get around! Hosted by a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor and focused on the smart cycling curriculum, this afternoon session will introduce cyclists to knowledge and skills to help make their commuter cycling experience safe, responsible and enjoyable as possible. Topics to be covered include bike safety practices, basic traffic skills, Massachusetts laws pertaining to cyclists and bicycle and equipment maintenance checks. This program includes classroom time as well as a 2-3 mile bike ride around campus. For more information please email: kevin_soleil@uml.edu.

Equipment

  • A Reliable, Functioning Bicycle*
  • Helmet*
  • Biking Shoes: Athletic closed toe shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing including Rain Jacket – check weather for conditions.

*These items are available for rent from the bike shop.

ClassDates / TimesCostRegistrationRegistration Deadline
Smart CyclingOctober 4: 1-4:30 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell
$10 Public
Register OnlineOctober 3, Noon
Smart CyclingApril 17: 1-4:30 p.m.FREE UMass Lowell
$10 Public
Register OnlineApril 16, Noon
Bicyclists posing with reflective equipment and fun lights

BE SEEN! BIKE LIGHT GIVEAWAY AND BIKE DECORATION PARTY

Daylight savings means more time riding in the dark. We're trying to make sure bicyclists are seen by giving out free light sets! Stop by the bike shop November 7, 6-8 p.m. to pick up FREE a pair of basic lights and some reflective stickers to decorate your bike.

We'll also be offering 30% discount on all other lights and visibility related items November 4-8!

Bikes with Icicles on a Bike Rack

Winter Bike Storage

Bike Storage can be tricky during the winter. Students who live on campus may go home or change rooms and the winter weather and snow removal can be damaging to bikes.This year the bike shop is offering indoor winter bicycle storage for $25 per bike. Storage drop off is from December 1-20, 2019 and pick up will be from March 1-30, 2020

How it works:

December 1-20, 2019:

  • Drop off your bike with the bike shop and pay the $25 storage fee.
  • Register your bike and get a sticker. We'll also give you a claim ticket with a description of your bike.
  • If you want work done to the bike before storage we can put it in the work que.
  • We will store your bike at a nearby storage facility.

March 2-30, 2020:

  • When you want your bike back, contact us by email at Freewheelers@uml.edu with your name, ticket number and bike description.
  • Bikes will be retrieved from storage and available from at the bike shop within 1-5 business days.
  • We will call you when your bike is at the shop.

All bikes must be picked up from the Bike Shop or be in the repairs work que by March 30. Bikes not picked up or addressed by March 30 will be turned over will be subject to the Abandoned Bicycle Policy.

Bike Month

May is National Bike Month! Join us in celebrating by participating in the National Bike Challenge which goes on from May 1 to September 30 Also join us for Bike to School Day and Bike to Work Day. Encourage others and get in step with the community by joining UMass Lowell Bicycling on Strava.

National Bike Challenge

Join us May 1 at the South Campus Quad from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for treats, information, free bike checks and a high five!

Bike to School Day

May 6, 2020 Join us May 1 at the North Campus Library from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for treats, info, free bike checks and a second enthusiastic high five!

Bike to Work Day

May 15, 2020 Join us at May 15 at University Crossing from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for treats, info, free bike checks and yet a third awesome high five!