Bike maintenance training
Bike maintenance modules – 2.5 hour to 3.5 hour group sessions (currently unavailable)
With a multitude of ‘modules’, we are bound to have one that suits your needs and aspirations. The sessions are all hosted by the best professional mechanics that our Cycle Hub has to offer – from the basics to the nit picky bits, we cover everything.
The first two modules Get You Home and Chains & Bike Care are what we would consider foundation units and are very strongly recommended if you are a complete bike maintenance novice.
Get You Home – £25 (2.5 hours)
So you’re a long way from home with a flat tyre – what do you do? This module will equip you to confidently:
- Identify the key components of your bike.
- Take the wheels off your bike.
- Identify and rectify the cause of the puncture / flat.
- Replace or repair the inner tube and re-inflate your tyre.
- Use the equipment you should carry on a ride.
Chains and Bike Care – £25 (2.5 hours)
Basic chain care, cleaning and maintenance is vital and will prolong the life of your bike’s drive-train. Take this module in order to:
- Check your chain for wear and tear, clean and lubricate your chain and drive-train.
- Learn how to remove, repair and replace your chain.
- Care for your bike; the lubrication and cleaning dos and don’ts.
Brakes – £30 (3 hours)
Arguably the most important part of your bike from a safety perspective; learn how to look after your brakes so that they’ll look after you – every time! In this module, which concentrates on rim brakes, you will learn:
- To identify the different types of brakes and how they work.
- To assess and replace brake parts and friction materials.
- Correct cabling techniques.
- To set up your brakes correctly and make adjustments.
- The basics of cable operated disc brakes.
Gears – £30 (3 hours)
A mystery to many an experienced cyclist, what does it take to get the gears just right? Some knowledge of the various parts and how to fit and adjust them goes a long way. In this module, you’ll:
- Learn about the different types of front and rear dérailleur (a d’ what!?).
- Understand gear cabling – types, routing and tension.
- Front and rear dérailleur fitting and adjustment.
Headsets and Handlebars – £30 (3 hours)
The often overlooked but nonetheless important component on your bike, I mean, steering is important, isn’t it? In this module you’ll learn how to:
- Identify the different types of headset.
- Servicing the headset bearings and components.
- Optimally set up the headset and steering componentry.
Bottom Bracket – £30 (3 hours)
The foundation of your drive-train, you’ll want to make sure it’s kept in top condition. In this module you will learn about:
- The types of bottom bracket and the associated components.
- Crank removal and re-installation.
- Removal of the Bottom Bracket and assessment (threaded shell).
- Refitting or replacing the Bottom Bracket.
- The advantages and disadvantages of Press-fit systems.
Wheel Hub Bearings – £30 (3 hours)
Want to maintain or restore that silky smooth ride of a new bike? You’ll need to regularly check and service your wheel hub bearings. In this module we’ll show you how to:
- Diagnose roughness and play in wheel bearings.
- Remove and service wheel bearings.
- Adjust wheel bearings (cup and cone style).