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BICAS Art Mart

The BICAS Art Mart is returning! It’s a great opportunity to show your support for local artists and the BICAS non-profit organization. The BICAS Art Mart was created in early 2021 in response to Tucson art events being canceled in 2020. In continuing this inspired event, which is becoming a new BICAS tradition, we’re excited to host local talent and emerging artists once more in the socially diverse and inclusive artistic space that is BICAS!

Modern MTB Technology Class

Modern MTB Technology Class $36

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the new tech on your mountain or gravel bike? With new innovations in the industry, new components can intimidate even seasoned riders and mechanics.

This one-time, 3-hour course focuses on modern mountain bike, off-road, and all-road gravel technologies including tubeless tires, disc brakes, and 1x drivetrains. Bring your personal MTB to learn how your bicycle works and what actions you can take in order to prolong the life of your bicycle, as well as what to check for when your bicycle is not functioning properly.

Here are some of the topics this course covers:

  • Modern MTB vocabulary and common components
  • Regular maintenance techniques
  • Diagnosing problems
  • Specifics of your MTB bike
  • Replenishing tubeless tire sealant
  • Adjusting disk brakes
  • Maintaining wide range 1x drivetrains

Prerequisites: Bicycles for this class should have tubeless compatible rims and disc brakes but are not required to have 1x drivetrains. We will focus on upkeep and maintenance techniques particular to this style of bicycle, not setup or installation.

*Please note: Students should bring their own bicycle to this class. Bike must be in general working condition.

Upcoming Classes:


BICAS Basic Bike Maintenance

This one-time, 3-hour course is designed to educate you on basic maintenance of bicycles in general and to help you get to know your own bicycle specifically. This course will help you learn how your bicycle works and what actions you can take in order to prolong the life of your bicycle, as well as what to check for when your bicycle is not functioning properly.

Topics Covered:

  • Specifics of your bike
  • Regular maintenance techniques
  • Fix a flat
  • Adjusting brakes and shifters
  • Diagnosing problems
  • Safety Checks

*Please note: Students should bring their own bicycle to this class. Bike must be in general working condition. This workshop is designed for standard modern and vintage bikes with rim brakes, multiple gears and tires with tubes, but works well for BMX and cruiser style bicycles.   If your bike has tubeless tires and hydraulic disk brakes – check out our Modern MTB technology and maintenance class

Register for your preferred class here

Class Date: Saturday, February 17th
Class Time: 11AM – 2PM

Class Date: Saturday, March 9th
Class Time: 11AM – 2PM

Class Date: Friday, April 26th
Class Time: 3PM – 6PM

Youth Bike Camps

Youth Earn-A-Bike is a bicycle repair course in which youth ages 8 to 18 learn bicycle mechanics, practice problem-solving skills, gain self confidence, leadership skills, environmental awareness, and community appreciation. All while earning a bike! Over the course of the program participants will overhaul a bicycle earning credit for their attendance and participation.  At the end of the course students will demonstrate safe riding skills and take home their newly refurbished bike with a helmet and lock. Youth Earn-A-Bike is offered on a sliding scale from $25 – $200 per student.



Art Corner at BICAS

Art Corner at BICAS

DescriptionDrop in and make some art at BICAS! Every Thursday, 3-6pm. All are welcome, and participation is free! Check-in at our front counter, and they’ll show you to our art area, where you’ll be introduced to what you can create and have free access to our art supplies, recycled bicycle art parts, art tools, and other art materials. After your creation is complete, please leave a suggested donation or donate your art to our non-profit organization. We hope to see you there, and let’s make some art!

NOTAFLOF event, no one turned away from lack of funds. All are welcome!

See our Facebook discussion (@bicasart) for weekly updates, as every week our hosts pick out different projects to work on. Our weekly art corners are not workshops; they are casual art drop-ins. Please see our other art workshops at an additional cost. www.bicas.org/art/workshops/https://fb.me/e/1kEo62aFT

Follow us on Insta @bicasart for more!


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BICAS Women/Trans*/Femme Ride

Join us for a themed group ride between every last Monday of the month. These no-drop rides range around 5-10 miles, and are a great way have fun with other WTF-identifying people. We gather at 6:30 PM and head out at 7 PM, and it follows directly after the workshop so make sure to come by early if you need to work on your bike! Check our FB page and our Instagram for upcoming events.

This is a fun, welcoming event for women, trans*, and femme identifying people to socialize and ride as a group!

Women Trans* and Femme Workshop at BICAS

Do you want to learn how to fix a flat on your own bike? Have you ever wanted to come to BICAS but didn’t know how to begin? Does the idea of learning alongside other WTF folks sound appealing? Then sign up for a WTF Basic Maintenance Class! Click here to view dates for all upcoming Basic Maintenance Classes. Prefer a more in-depth class, to learn all about the systems of a bike? Click here to view dates for all upcoming Build-a-Bike Classes. WTF classes will be marked with an asterisk!

Donate here for El Tour De Tucson – We Get By Giving

For El Tour De Tucson I am raising funds  for multiple charities. Links Below!

Some press clippings about the ride. http://tucson.com/sports/local/local-cyclist-damion-alexander-is-everywhere-including-saturday-s-el/article_54c2535d-7c88-5358-bcff-1aa019e68479.amp.html

My intent is not only to raise much needed funds, but also to introduce Tucson to all of the incredible beneficiaries who benefit from El Tour De Tucson. Below are links to my page and I’ll be adding videos and links about each charity.

When you raise funds for a charity you receive a free entry into El Tour. As I’m riding for multiple charities and get one entry from each charity , and I’ll be donating the entries to El Grupo Youth Cycling to give kids an opportunity to experience the largest ride we have here in the Old Pueblo.

As much as I’d appreciate a donation, I’d prefer you register to ride for one of the charities yourself.  A nice bonus for you is each charity has “goodies” they give back to those who ride and raise funds. Every one is different, but all include an entry into El Tour De Tucson and an event shirt. One charity, Uphill into the Wind, will even provide you with a bike to use in the event if you do not have one. Many have cycling jerseys or kits, some have professional coaches, and group rides.

Talking about group training rides. If you are looking for people your speed to spin around with, I put out a ride list and am happy to add you to the mail list if you send an email to Damion@damionalexander.com . Please put “ride list” in the comments.

I will be adding additional charities and links on this page as I register for each as well as adding blogs on bikepilgrim.com with more details of what each of these charities do in the region. If you want to donate to one of the other charities I have not registered for yet, let me know and it will be the next one I sign up for.

Arts Express The mission of Arts Express is to build character, strengthen community and celebrate culture through the power of the arts. Click here to DONATE to Arts Express

Tu Nidito is dedicated to the mission of creating a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. It is their vision that no child grieves alone. Click here to DONATE to Tu Nidito

ALS Arizona Chapter supports people living with ALS and their loved ones in Arizona through services and education .Our Mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Click here to DONATE to ALS

Arizona Children is one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona.  In the comments mention “ The Damion Alexander Team”Click here to DONATE to Arizona Children

Beads of Courage provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Click Here To Donate to Beads of Courage

BICAS Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage For more than 28 years, BICAS has been serving the Tucson community and continues to introduce people of all walks of life to the joy, power and magic of cycling. Come join our great adventure for the greater good!  Click here to DONATE to BICAS 

El Grupo Youth Cycling is Empowering youth through cycling. In the Purpose of Donation Please put “The Damion Alexander Team Click here to DONATE to El Grupo Youth Cycling

Children’s Clinics provides a family centered, comprehensive medical home to meet the special needs of children and families. They also provide integrated, coordinated care, special events and resources that help families navigate the challenges of having a child with a complex illness. Click Here to Donate to Children’s Clinic  CLICK HERE for YouTube Video about Children’s Clinics   Same Video – But on Facebook

Alzheimer’s Association  mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected: and to reduce the dementia through the promotion of brain health.  Click here to DONATE to Alzheimer’s Association

American Red Cross  Mission is  prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. This year has been brutal and the need with Las Vegas and other tragedies is more than ever.  Click here to donate to the American Red Cross

Look! Save A Life aim is  to foster an environment of safety for all who utilize our public byways. We know that some who ride bicycles may not understand the laws regarding use of public roads. We also recognize that many drivers are unaware of the same rules or laws. Nobody wants to be struck by a vehicle and nobody wants to injure, let alone kill somebody. “SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.” Click Here to Donate to Look! Save A Life

VeloVets supporters enriching the lives of Disabled Veterans in our community by sharing the physical and mental benefits of cycling and camaraderie. Click here to donate to VeloVets Click Here to Watch a Video about VeloVets

The following list is all of the beneficiaries for the 2017 El Tour De Tucson. I’m in the process of registering for each.  If you want to make a donation to a specific charity I have not registered for yet, please let me know and I’ll register for them. Unfortunately, it all takes time and I’m getting there as fast as I can.

Adaptive Athletics U of A
ALS Arizona Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
American Cancer Society – Great West Division
American Red Cross
Arts for All
Arizona’s Children Association
AZ Multi Housing Foundation
Beads of Courage
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Clubs
Cakes for Causes
Children’s Clinics
Community Food Bank Southern Arizona
Desert Survivors
easterseals Blake Foundation
El Grupo
Epilepsy Foundation
Erik Hite Foundation –
Friends 4 The Future
Gabriel’s Angel’s
Habitat for Humanity
INTO Africa
International Rescue Committee
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Look Save a Life
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Platelet Disorder Foundation
Rotary – Polio Plus
Shay’s Vision
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
Team Hoyt Arizona
The Haven
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services
Uphill Into The Wind
Valley of the Sun Charity Foundation
Velo Vets