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 five 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. The course will provide ample opportunity to get your 'hands dirty' and includes plenty of practical work. Protective gloves will be provided should you prefer to use them.
The course will cover
Basics - To cover the fundamental aspects of a modern racing bicycle and address transportation issues including correct method of wheel removal and installation together with safe removal and refitting of pedals and seat post.
Wheels - How to change a tyre and inner tube correctly, cassette removal will also be explained.
Transmission - The first of two sessions on this subject will cover the correct way to determine if a chain should be replaced and how to carry this out. Removal of cranks, bottom bracket bearings and derailleurs will also be covered together with correct methods of installation.
The second session on transmission will cover the differences between Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM gear systems. You will get the opportunity to change cables, adjust indexed gear systems and fit new handlebar tape.
Forks - Correct method of replacement of handlebar stems will be explained. Fork removal and headset bearing replacement will also be dealt with together with tribar installation.
General mechanics - An overview of useful techniques for maintaining your bike including cleaning and lubrication. Your instructor will also provide details of tools used during the course and attendees will be able to purchase many of these at a specially discounted rate if purchased on the day.
Questions & Answers - Your chance to put a mechanic 'on the spot' and ask them anything you like (about bikes that is!). We look forward to seeing you in the near future for what is a very popular event.
There are currently no upcoming courses. The next batch of courses will be running in November- watch this space!