Tuesday March 12, 2013 | 08:55 AM

Maybe you ride a bike because you enjoy it. Maybe you ride a bike because it's your way of being good to your environment.

Whatever the reason, if you ride a bike you need to know at least a little bit about that frame and those two wheels. So how does a free six-week bicycle mechanics workshop work for you?

The University of Southern Maine is offering the program beginning Wednesday, March 13 as part of the school's push toward sustainability. Join the USM Cycle Club from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Gym spin room (Portland campus).

Thursday May 10, 2012 | 04:16 PM

Seems like the rain is here to stay, doesn't it? And it sure has put a damper in mileage logs for cyclists over the past five days.

Those who actually enjoy riding in the rain are few and far between, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it. After all, training for events like the Trek Across Maine doesn't miraculously happen while you're laying on the couch listening to the rain drops and getting caught up on the last three episodes of "The Firm."

If you've been braving the elements with your leg warmers and rain jacket, there are a few basic maintenance items you should keep in mind to keep you bike performing at a high level.