Basic Bike Maintenance: Community Learning

Course overview

This course is held at the Colin Sanders Business Innovation Centre.

This introductory bike maintenance course covers areas of bicycle repair and maintenance that can be completed without the need of using a professional cycle workshop, either at home or when out riding, using just a few basic tools. The aim is to help each rider get more from their bike.

Please contact us before applying so we can ensure this is the right course for you.

It is meant as a starting block for those unfamiliar with cycle repair to gain the confidence to be able to tackle basic jobs, learn some new skills, pick up tips and know which jobs would be better performed by a qualified cycle mechanic.

It also allows those attending an understanding of the terminology, troubleshooting, set-up and adjustment of a bicycle, what parts are most likely to need regular replacement and how to care for the bicycle for optimal performance and reliable cycling.

This course is part our Community Learning programme and has been designed to develop your skills, confidence and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Each workshop will be delivered at a gentle pace with lots of tutor support. Please visit our Community Learning page to see if you are eligible for a free place.

If you are not eligible for a free place the course fee is £150.

Subjects covered are:

  • Basic bicycle terminology
  • The ‘must have’ list of basic tools and essential spares
  • The importance of a clean bike, where and when to lubricate
  • Parts that are most likely to wear or need replacing most often and how to identify if they need replacement
  • How to troubleshoot a badly set up bike using M-check and knowing when to take it to a bike shop
  • Information sources
  • How to work on a bike in a workstand, side of the road maintenance and upside down
  • Wheel removal and re-fitting
  • How to mend a puncture, tyre removal and use of tyre levers, removing, repairing and/or replacing an inner tube
  • Adjustments that can be made to the bicycle for optimum rider comfort and correct saddle height adjustment
  • Storing a bike

The course is aimed at individuals new to cycling with little, or no prior knowledge of bicycle repair and maintenance, who don’t consider cycling their main hobby but who want the confidence to know that if something goes wrong with their bike they would be able to make it home safely and know that they are riding a mechanically safe bicycle.

All course materials are supplied.

  • City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics
  • Cytech technical one
Course Starts in 1 Days
  • 6 October 2022 - 6 October 2022
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday
  • 1 Day
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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  • 3 November 2022 - 3 November 2022
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday
  • 1 Day
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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  • 1 December 2022 - 1 December 2022
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday
  • 1 Day
    • 16-18: Free

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    • Adult: Free

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  • 19 January 2023 - 19 January 2023
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Thursday
  • 1 Day
    • 16-18: Free

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    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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  • 28 February 2023 - 28 February 2023
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Tuesday
  • 1 Day
    • 16-18: Free

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    • Adult: Free

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