For the first time since she was a kid, JJ Sheffer owns a bike.

But the 35-year-old mother is a little nervous about venturing out on long rides with her 14-year-old son.

"I don't know what I would do if I got a flat," Sheffer said. "I don't know how to fix it yet."

That's likely to change Saturday, Aug. 16 — when Sheffer and other cycling amateurs will gather in a downtown York City office to learn the basics of roadside bike repair and maintenance.

Afterward, the instructor and his students will take a short bike ride on the York County Heritage Rail Trail.

The class is one of 16 "skill swap" workshops scheduled for August at CoWork155, a membership-based workspace for entrepreneurs, telecommuters, freelancers, sales executives and others who work remotely.

CoWork155 opened a year ago at 155 W. Market St.

How it works: SkillSwap is a barter-based education program that invites presenters to share useful information and knowledge with interested participants.

In exchange, the students bring goodies like fresh-baked cookies or six-packs of beer. They can offer instructors help with building a website or weeding a garden, for example.

There's no money involved.

Sheffer said she first heard of the SkillSwap idea through a Kickstarter campaign.

The concept seemed to mesh with CoWork155's atmosphere of community, collaboration, creativity and sharing, she said.


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The first series kicked off in June. Upcoming classes include "Homemade Snacks Made Easy," "Basic Juggling," "How to Pick and Eat a Maryland Blue Crab," "Couponing 101" and "Introduction to Homebrewing."

Anyone is welcome to attend. To see the full schedule of workshops or register, visit www.skillswapyork.com.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.