Repairing and maintaining a bike is straightforward with some basic tools and a little know how. To find out more, sign up and take one of our courses! Based in Totnes, Devon we are easy to get to by bike, car or public transport (train)
National Standards, and Bikeability courses give trainees the knowledge to check their bikes for roadworthiness, but DO NOT include cycle maintenance.
This course is suitable for cyclists of all ages. Learn to maintain and repair your bike properly. You won't have to be reliant on you local bike shop for servicing and repairs which can be costly. You can gain the confidence and skills to keep yourself on the road safely.
Tyres and brakes, puncture repairs.
Replace worn or rusty cables, chains and rear cassettes.
Bearings and steering components
What do you need? Bring your own bike if you have one, or you can work on some of our donated bikes. We can provide use of all tools and many consumable parts (inner tubes, cables, cable housing, brake blocks etc) . There is a small charge for parts if used on your own bike.
How to carry out safety checks, repair punctures, adjust brakes and keep your bike running safely.
Adjusting brakes and gears
Types of tyre, wheel sizes, valves, pumps, and pressures are all thoroughly investigated
Repairing a puncture.
Adjusting wheel cones.
What to do when the chain falls of, and how to prevent it from happening.
Adusting handlebars and controls. Saddle height adjustment and advice.
Fitting accessories - mudguards, racks, lights.
Keeping the bike clean, with emphasis on gears and chain.
Replacing brake blocks.
Replacing gear and brake cables.
Selecting and fitting different types of tyre.
Advanced course covers changing bottom brackets, wheel balancing etc
Fitting bottom brackets
Thorough investigation of different braking options
Rebuilding wheel hubs.
Advanced wheel trueing, replacing spokes.
Servicing pedals, investigating different pedal/shoe systems; selecting correct crank length.
Ergonomics - tuning the bike to fit the rider.
Changing rear cassettes and front chainsets, chains and retuning rear mechs.
Thorough investigation of all gear sytems - 6/7/8/9/10 speeds, derailleur and hub gears, includes replacing/servicing all gear components.
Replacing the chain and sprockets.
Adjusting the headset.
Basic wheel trueing