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. 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.
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.
The course will cover
Introduction - The course will begin with a brief description explaining 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, which will include a demonstration on how to make inner tube replacement easier.
Brakes - During the removal of the wheels, we will discuss braking systems, both disc and rim brake. We will run through how to remove worn pads and replace them with new ones and the course leader will run through the mechanics of braking systems, and explain minor adjustments that can be done at home. We will also describe some useful day to day tips, on how to clean your brakes and inspect for wear.
Headset - How to remove the fork and bearings and we will take a closer look at the inner workings of the headset. Reinstalling the fork, and demonstrating the correct procedure of tightening up the stem.
Transmission - A guide to a weekly gear cleanse, and the preservation of your transmission components, and also how to check your chain for wear. This will also involve a tuition on gear setting, for both cable and electronic systems. Explaining the differences between Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM, this section will also cover the removal and replacement of the chain and cassette, correct installation, and some helpful tips on preserving your transmission components.
Bottom Bracket - The removal of the cranks and bearings, and explaining the procedure for correct installation. This section also gives an insight into the evolution of the bottom bracket.
Torque Settings - A brief discussion on torque settings, and their importance. Includes a demonstration on the correct use of a torque wrench.
At the end, there will be another Q&A, to discuss the course and touch on anything specific queries.
The course costs £100 and the hours are 10am - 4pm with a 30 minute lunch window. Course may overrun depending on size.
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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