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Free Class at REI Atlanta Store: Bicycling Basics

The Basics:
Event Type:Learn
Event Location: I-85 southbound Access Rd just S of Clairmont Rd exit.   Learn: Free Class at REI Atlanta Store:  Bicycling Basics  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Apr 11 2012  6:40 pm >> Wed, Apr 11 2012 8:40 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 27 2012 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 11 2012 1:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Trip Leader(s):
Charlie Cottingham
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


OVERVIEW:  Many of our Atlanta Outdoor Club members may be unaware that our four Metro Atlanta REI stores offer a wide variety of FREE classes, seminars and talks on topics including basic backpacking, camping, hiking, bicycling, paddling, skiing, climbing & mountaineering—also first-hand accounts of exotic adventures and favorite wilderness destinations!  Each session is presented by an invited guest speaker who is an expert in their field or by an REI employee who is a specialist in the featured topic.

In the interest of our members who would like to learn more about the basics of road biking, mountain biking and bike safety & maintenance I've obtained confirmed reservations for an AOC subgroup of 10 AOC members to attend this indoor REI class on Wednesday evening, April 11th at the REI "Atlanta Store" —on the I-85 Access Rd near Clairmont Rd—detailed directions below.  

Our AOC subgroup will first gather at 6:40 PM just inside the store entrance where we'll introduce one another and "take roll."  Then a few minutes before 7:00 PM we'll find seating together in the designated room where we'll meet the featured speaker(s) and other clinic attendees. This class is normally presented in the Bike Shop, which is about 60 feet toward your left after you enter the Atlanta store. 

Here is the recent REI promotional material for this very informative class:

"Bicycling Basics"
  Are you just getting into the sport of cycling and would like to learn the basics? Join experienced REI instructors for an informative session to learn about the types of bikes and gear needed along with an introduction to cycling safety and bike maintenance.

WHY an AOC "SUBGROUP" for these free REI CLASSES?  
Several good reasons:
- AOC members can conveniently register to attend via our website and may not be aware that the class is available without seeing the announcement.
- Upcoming AOC events and specialty gear that relate to the class topic can be discussed.
- The AOC subgroup can browse the store together before or after the class to discuss examples of the relevant gear.

 BY THE WAY:  If you'd like to make PERSONAL RESERVATIONS for yourself and your friends or family at FUTURE FREE REI CLASSES or SEMINARS:  You can check the offerings & availability at an REI store near you and reserve your spot(s) as follows:
1. Go to
2. Click on "Store Locator" in the upper right corner of the home page and choose your Store of interest from the pop-up menus that appear.
3. Click on the free Class or Seminar of interest. (Various fee-based classes are also available.)
4. Fill in the online Reservation form and submit (may require your REI member number—costs only $20 for a lifetime membership).
5. If you fail to make a formal reservation, keep in mind that walk-ins at these events are usually acceptable, but only on a space-available or standing-room-only basis.

Required Items to Bring:
Just yourself!  Wear comfortable indoor clothing and consider bringing a notepad and pen for taking notes.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:THE REI "ATLANTA STORE" is at 1800 Northeast Expy, Atlanta, GA 30329 about 4 miles toward downtown from "Spaghetti Junction" (the I-85/ I-285 interchange in NE Atlanta).  You GPS or users may find its Lat/Lon coordinates handy as your entered destination: 33.8395,-84.3213
 The store is on the southbound I-85 Access Road just south of the Clairmont Rd exit.  Two approach options are detailed below.  The store's phone number is

1. Going southbound on I-85, take Exit #91 "Clairmont Rd" and continue straight ahead at the exit traffic light (crossing Clairmont).
2. After you cross Clairmont bear slightly right to stay in the rightmost lane of the I-85 southbound Access Road.
3. The store is on the right side of the Access Road, about 0.5 mile south of Clairmont and just beyond the Briarwood Road junction.

1. Going northbound on I-85 take Exit #91 "Clairmont Rd," and stay in the far left lane of the exit ramp as you near Clairmont.  This will loop you counterclockwise onto the southbound I-85 Access Road without any traffic lights.
2. Bear quickly right to get into the rightmost lane of the Access Road without re-entering I-85.
3. The store is on the right side of the Access Road, about 0.5 mile south of Clairmont and just beyond the Briarwood Rd junction.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:Free Event with Free Parking!

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.