Cycling enthusiasts dispense TLC for two-wheelers

student repairing a bicycle

Jim Gao and Tal Kempler at a Citizen Cycle bike-repair clinic (Melani King photo)

With spring in the air and Bike to Work Day on the horizon (on May 12), the time is right for members of the campus community to give their bicycles some TLC. Here, at a busy bike repair clinic on the edge of Memorial Grove, Berkeley students Jim Gao, left, and Tal Kempler make adjustments to a bike owned by history grad student Steve Gross.

Gao, a senior studying mechanical engineering, is a guiding spirit behind Citizen Cycle. The two-year-old campus organization teaches bicycle repair and maintenance — through a DeCal class as well as its free clinics, held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays in front of the East Asian Library.

Empowered with new knowledge of bicycle mechanics and repair through the DeCal class, Kempler plans to practice her chops this summer as a “shop rat” in Los Angeles.