FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker's Center Library continues to broaden people's educational opportunities with an upcoming bike repair workshop.

The workshop, which takes place Feb. 24 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., is hosted by a knowledgeable cycling enthusiast and will teach patrons the basics of bicycle maintenance, according to Cameron Hill, youth librarian.

"Participants should expect to learn a few basic but essential bicycle maintenance tips and tricks," Hill said. "Routine cleaning and maintenance will help identify a problem before it becomes catastrophic."

"Plus, if you're out in the middle of nowhere with a broken pedal, knowing how to fix it can avoid a long walk home," she added.

Registration is not required for the free event.

"Taking a tour of a new area by bicycle is a great way for families to explore and become familiar with the sights and sounds of the neighborhood," Hill said.

"One of the best things you can do to stave off heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases is to hop on a bike," she added.

According to Hill, hopping on a bicycle can also be a great way to experience more of what a community has to offer.

"Besides the health benefits, commuting by bicycle is environmentally friendly," she said.

Patrons are invited to bring bikes in need of repair, or simply a willingness to learn.

"There will be a cycling expert available to answer questions and help with repairs," Hill said. "Tools will be provided, as well. We offer a bike repair toolkit, bike stand and bike pump available for use here at the library."

For more information, call 255-3885.