Everything you wanted to know about bike mechanics but were afraid to ask
We have been asked repeatedly over the last few years to provide a simple mechanics course that enables enthusiast and novice alike to tackle everyday maintenance jobs with confidence. Well... we do listen and are now proud to invite you to join us for a day long course that will cover the most popular and helpful aspects of cycle maintenance.
These courses will be held at the stunning workshop facilities of our Hampton Wick store. Our intention is to provide an enjoyable and relaxed environment for you to learn useful skills that will save you time and money not to mention impress your friends!
Numbers will be restricted to six clients per day to ensure that enough time will be given to each area covered and the day will end with a question and answers session. Please note: Should we have less than three clients we will have to cancel the course and transfer your place to a future course or issue you a refund.
Take a look at our article on our blog for a first hand account of the mechanics course.
Please note: Bikes will be provided so there is no need to bring your own.
About the course
A course designed for those looking to improve their knowledge of bike maintenance and to provide the skills needed to carry out the work needed on a bike, typically required once a month or every 1000 kilometres.
Expect to get your hands dirty, as our highly trained mechanics guide you through the skills needed to keep your bike in excellent condition.
Tools and bikes will be provided for the course. The bikes used will be equipped with Shimano components.
The course will cover the following:
Introduction - The course will begin with the opportunity to enjoy a coffee, as our mechanics explain what our service options are in store. We will then have a Q&A session to determine the level of the participant's knowledge and what type of riding they do
Wheels - Removal of the front and rear wheel, the difference between quick release and through axles, and tyre replacement
Cassette and chain removal
Different types of bottom bracket and the removal and fitting of chainsets
Brakes, disc and rim
Front and rear derailleur setup and indexing
At the end, there will be another Q&A, to discuss the course and touch on anything specific queries.
The course costs £125 and the hours are 10am - 4pm with a 30 minute lunch window. The course is limited to six places.
Should numbers be too low for the course, we have the right to move you onto another course.
We have tailored this course to cover multiple aspects of bike maintenance and avoid over complicating popular areas of interest. Judging by some of our client's feedback we seem to be getting the balance right.
"Just wanted to say how much i enjoyed the mech course yesterday - Dave was a great instructor and also very entertaining .... a good combo! I think! i will feel a lot happier going out on my bike now knowing how to change the inner tube and sort out the chain!"
"I wanted to drop you a quick email to say a huge thanks for the great maintenance course yesterday. I came away more confident in being able to strip a bike and put it back together. To prove it, I did just that! Got home and spent a happy few hours stripping down the Litespeed and I am happy to report putting the right bits back together! As you both said yesterday have a go and Im glad I did. I would encourage anyone else to do the same. The course is practical and Dave did a great job of explaining and showing me how to get the most from my bikes"
"A big thank you for yesterday's course which was great - very informative and useful. I now feel much more inclined to get the allen keys out and have a crack at simple adjustments..."
"While I would consider myself a reasonable bike mechanic I learned some subtle skills & tips today, as well as an ability to know when to draw the line for tasks best undertaken by professionals"
"...I'm most excited about feeling more comfortable making gear adjustments as well as packing/unpacking my bike(s) for travel" ???"...Thanks for being so friendly and welcoming. It was a good day, the mechanic was really informative and had a great approach, not to mention spending a bit of time at the end to sort out minor “isms” on my Madone..."
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