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
We discuss 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
We wrap things up with overhauling and rebuilding cup and cone bottom brackets, hubs and headsets. Learn how to diagnose when these components are too tight or too loose.