Beginners and DIY enthusiasts alike will learn a range of skills from our experienced mechanics. Participants can expect to take away a broad understanding of bicycles and learn how to adjust components for optimum performance. Bike Maintenance classes are free of charge for SM Bike Center Members; $10 fee for non-Members.
Bike maintenance session descriptions:
- Session 1: Bike 101 Basics for Beginners
Learn to identify bike parts and tools, diagnose common problems and understand what to know before buying a bike. The class also covers how to change tires and fix flats.
Session 2: Brakes
Brakes, brakes and more brakes. Learn to install, adjust and tighten brake cables and how to diagnose and fix rubbing brake pads.
Session 3: Gears
Gears, gears and more gears. Learn to install, adjust and tighten shifter cables and how to diagnose common shifter problems, adjust cable tension and align derailleurs.
Session 4: Wheels and Spokes (offered 4 times per year in February, April, September & November)
This session covers bicycle parts you probably know: tires, tubes, rims, spokes, and hubs. You will practice getting wheels off a bike, true a wheel (vertical and horizontal leaps), learn about proper spoke size and tension, and replace broken spokes.
- Session 5: Cups, Cones and Bearings (offered 4 times per year in February, April, September & November)
Learn how to diagnose when cup and cone bottom brackets, hubs and headsets are out of adjustment, and how to overhaul and rebuild these components.