Bike Maintenance Training
The Cycle Hub offers a series of ‘modules’ from which you can pick and choose to suit your needs. They are 2½-hour to 3½-hour group training sessions hosted by professional mechanics to guide you through maintaining your own bike from the basics to more challenging levels.
The first two modules: Get You Home and Chains & Bike Care are what we would consider foundation units and are very strongly recommended if you are a complete bike maintenance novice.
We can also offer wheel building modules subject to demand.
Get You Home – £25 (2.5 hours)
So you’re a long way from home with a flat tyre – what do you do? This module will equip you to confidently:
- Identify the key components of your bike.
- Take the wheels off your bike.
- Identify and rectify the cause of the puncture / flat.
- Replace or repair the inner tube and re-inflate your tyre.
- Use the equipment you should carry on a ride.
Chains & Bike Care – £25 (2.5 hours)
Basic chain care, cleaning and maintenance will prolong the life of your bike’s drive-train, take this module in order to:
- Check your chain for wear and tear, clean and lubricate your chain and drive-train.
- Learn how to remove, repair and replace your chain.
- Care for your bike; the lubrication and cleaning do’s and don’ts.
Brakes – £30 (3 hours)
Arguably the most important part of your bike from a safety perspective; learn how to look after your brakes so that they’ll look after you – every time! In this module, which concentrates on rim brakes, you will learn:
- To identify the different types of brakes and how they work.
- To assess and replace brake parts and friction materials.
- Correct cabling techniques.
- To set up your brakes correctly and make adjustments.
- The basics of cable operated disc brakes.
Gears – £30 (3 hours)
A mystery to many an experienced cyclist, what does it take to get the gears just right? Some knowledge of the various parts and how to fit and adjust them goes a long way. In this module you’ll:
- Learn about the different types of front and rear dérailleur (a d’ what!?).
- Understand gear cabling – types, routing and tension.
- Front and rear dérailleur fitting and adjustment.
Headsets and Handlebars – £30 (3 hours)
The often overlooked but nonetheless important component on your bike, I mean, steering is important, isn’t it?! In this module you’ll learn how to:
- Identify the different types of headset.
- Servicing the headset bearings and components.
- Optimally set up the headset and steering componentry.
Bottom Bracket – £30 (3 hours)
The foundation of your drive-train, you’ll want to make sure it’s kept in top condition. In this module you will learn about:
- The types of bottom bracket and the associated components.
- Crank removal and re-installation.
- Removal of the Bottom Bracket and assessment (threaded shell).
- Refitting or replacing the Bottom Bracket.
- The advantages and disadvantages of Press-fit systems.
Wheel Hub Bearings – £30 (3 hours)
Want to maintain or restore that silky smooth ride of a new bike? You’ll need to regularly check and service your wheel hub bearings. In this module we’ll show you how to:
- Diagnose roughness and play in wheel bearings.
- Remove and service wheel bearings.
- Adjust wheel bearings (cup and cone style) .