Westway Bike Day gears up to fix broken bikes for free May 12 in Federal Way

Thepurpose of this event is to help those who are unable to pay for bicycle repair and maintenance.

For one day every year, Phil’s Bike Shop helps out the local community and the Westway neighborhood by providing a free bicycle repair clinic for all.

The bike shop will host Westway Bike Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 at the Westway Community Center, 33400 21st Ave. SW, Federal Way.

During the day, the shop will have multiple repair stations set up to help with any and all broken bicycles that people bring in, said shop owner Phil Meyer.

“The intention and purpose of this event is to help those that are unable to pay for bicycle repair and maintenance,” Meyer said in an email. “We will of course help with the bicycle repairs but we are also going to help with providing basic bicycle maintenance education as well. Pumping tires and lubing chains can make a world of difference for the longevity and reliability of a bicycle and we want to help spread the word.”

During Westway Bike Day, the shop will offer work stations with bike mechanics, bike pumps and parts to help get the neighborhood bikes in safe and working condition.

We cannot fix every bike and every problem but with our extensive experience and collection of replacement parts we will be able to repair the vast majority,” Meyer noted, adding that the mechanics can repair most bicycles that are salvageable, but cannot rebuild bicycles that have been sitting outside broken and neglected.

All are welcome and all services are first come first serve.

Meyer said this event would not be possible without help from the many volunteers that staff their bike repair stations. These volunteers are from Phil’s Bike Shop, The Bikes For Kids charity at Marine View Presbyterian Church, and the Major Taylor Project from Cascade Bike Club.

For more information about the event, call Phil’s Bike Shop at 253-661-3903.

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