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.

Opening Week Bike Rally and Campus Bike Tour!

Bike RallyTuesday Aug 30, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Outdoor Center and Bike Shop 5-2 Lawrence Drive, Lowell, MA 01854

Join the UMass Lowell Bicycle Programs team for the first ever Opening Week Bike Rally!

We will be set up at the Outdoor Center and Bike Shop to welcome all riders to campus.  Get a free bike safety check and mini tune up!  We will have giveaways of bike lights, locks, helmets and more!  Meet and greet with fellow cyclists and members of the Bicycle Advocacy Committee, Tour the Bike Shop and Outdoor Center, sign up for the Free Wheelers bike share and learn about our programs for the year.

Campus Bike Tour: Tuesday Aug 30, 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Campus Bike Tour Registration

Grab a bike and join us for a friendly bike ride around campus focused on helping you get oriented for bicycle success in the coming semester!  The ride will highlight bike maintenance features, bike share stations, preferred routes and some cool spots along the way!  We will meet at the Bike Shop and take a tour around East Campus before pedaling to North and finally South Campus and Southfest!  This group tour will ride on shared paths and also the road so please be prepared with a helmet and ready to follow traffic laws.  

Open Group Bike Rides! - Slow Roll Group-Rides

Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.

Cyclists posing for group photo with bikes

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

Waiver

  • Online Waiver

Bike Maintenance Basics Workshops Bike-Maintenance-Basics

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.

Two smiling student staff members working on a bike

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


Bike Commute Basics Bike-Commute-Basics

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

Cyclist riding a dirt road in Autumn with colorful trees

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.


Other Group Rides

Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Group Ride Kinetic

Join a group of UMass Lowell (UML) students, faculty and staff to cheer on the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Teams and Ride the Route through Lowell. This is a fun and relaxed pace ride suitable for everyone. Wear your UML gear and bring water and snacks. This is not the official registration for the race event.

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Mountain Biking - Great Brook State Park, Carlisle, MA

Bikes provided! No experience or gear needed! Trails will be determined by the group's interest and ability level. Transportation provided. Cost is $20, includes bikes!

Meets at 10 a.m. at Outdoor Center & Bike Shop (5 Lawrence Dr., Lowell, MA 01854), expected dismissal around 5 p.m.

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Bike Shop Alumni Open House Alumni

September 29, 6-9 p.m.

We are inviting Alumni for a fun and interactive evening in our Campus Bike Shop! Over the last 10 years UMass Lowell has built up one of the best bicycle programs in the region. As part of our work to become a Bicycle Friendly University we have a full service Bike Shop and Bike Program that includes many offerings. We are inviting Alumni, including past Bike Shop student staff to come visit for an open house style event. Bring in a bike to get tuned up, do some DIY shop time, donate a bike, participate in the bike maintenance basics workshop or just stop by, browse and say hello! All new bikes will be 15% off and accessories 25% off!

If you can't make it, no worries. Alumni are always welcome at the UMass Lowell Bike Shop as we are open to the public. Open house is free but please register to let us know you are coming. We hope to see you there!


Learn to Ride a Bike 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


Bike Light Giveaway and Bike Visibility Decoration Party! Be-Seen

Daylight savings means more time riding in the dark. Be Seen!

Bicyclists posing with reflective equipment and fun lights

We're trying to make sure bicyclists are seen by giving out free light sets and offering deeply discounted visibility accessories! Stop by the Bike Shop Nov. 1-11 to pick up FREE a pair of basic lights to decorate your bike (one set per customer).

Join us November 9 at 5 p.m. for a bike decoration party with pizza, free reflective decals and other fun followed by a slow roll group ride.

The Bike Shop will be offering 30% discount on all other lights and visibility related items November 1-11!