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Bicycle Repair Classes

Here's one of the first things you need to know:
Bicycle Safety Check (PDF 8k)

Here is the other:
How to change a flat (external link)

There's no substitute for hands-on practice though, so that's what you'll find here:

Classes are held every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm, and Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The next class series starts Sat 7/5 or Tues. 7/8

Class size is limited, and students may bring their own bikes, or work on one of the Co-op's. Pre-register and pay on the calendar (external link) page of this website, please — walk-ins may pay full price to observe but may not get to use a workstand if the class is full. If there are not at least two students signed up by 10 AM the day of the class, that class will be canceled, and notice will be sent by email or website message to those enrolled — call the shop if you are not sure.

Members must take the course of Basic Shop classes before extensively using the shop facilities for personal projects, even if you consider yourself a great bike mechanic. The goal is for all members to have basic repair skills, so we don't have to charge labor to members for individual instruction, as some other co-ops do; and for those with more experience to be familiar with shop procedures, and to know what beginners have learned, so they can help others more effectively if they wish.

The cost is $20/ class, or you may pay with volunteer hours. Please pay for the entire series when you sign up to guarantee your place (we have four workstands).

Shop classes are best taken in order, especially for beginners, and are held on the schedule below. There are brief descriptions on this page, or you can

look at more detailed outlines here.

1st week: Flats and Fit

  • Hands-on remove and replace wheels, with bike on the ground
  • Tire assessment
  • Causes of flats
  • Hands-on tire and tube change
  • Basic bike fit for comfort or speed
  • Hands-on seat and handlebar adjustment, basic safety check

This class will prepare you to fix the most frequent bike problem - flats. You will also learn how to make sure your bike is mechanically safe, and fits properly.

2nd week: Wheels and Bearings

  • How to use the work stands and shop tools
  • Hands-on remove and replace wheels, in the work stand
  • Bearing types, function and assessment
  • Bearing inspection and hands-on adjustment.
  • Wheel and rim types and assessment
  • Demonstration of wheel truing
  • Hands-on spoke and rim maintenance.

This class covers how bearings work, and wear out; and how to keep wheels from wobbling — two of the more mysterious aspects of bike repair for most folks.

3rd week: Cables and Brakes

  • Cable types, function, and assessment
  • Hands-on cable maintenance and adjustment
  • Brake types, function and assessment
  • Hands-on brake pad maintenance and adjustment

This class covers the most vexing and mishandled repair jobs on the bike: you will learn the proper use of tools and how to avoid dangerous and time-consuming mistakes.

4th week: Drivetrain

  • Chain function and assessment
  • Hands-on cleaning and lubrication, and chain breaking
  • Types, function and assessment of:
    • Bottom bracket
    • Gears
    • Shifters
    • Derailleurs
  • Hands-on maintenance and adjustment

This class covers the most complex bike system - you will learn how to keep your
bike in top shape for the longest time possible. Best to have taken the other classes first, as it will be assumed you have knowledge of bearings and cables.

Special Classes

Occasional fifth Saturday or Tuesday classes will cover topics such as Wheel Building, Bearing Overhaul, Single Speed Conversion, or Preparing Your Bike for Winter Cycling, Commuting, Touring, or Racing. These classes are usually $20 — members get their appropriate 10%, 30% or 45% discount but may not pay with shop hours, as the Co-op has committed to pay these special instructors.


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Wed 16 of Jan., 2008 18:47 UTC JSheehan24.14.94.146   38
Wed 16 of Jan., 2008 18:46 UTC JSheehan24.14.94.146 fixy on the cheap 37  v  c  d  
Tue 15 of Jan., 2008 17:25 UTC pgarver68.255.255.135 february dates 36  v  c  d  
Fri 04 of Jan., 2008 01:24 UTC pgarver76.241.113.34 january classes and updated apprentice nights link 35  v  c  d  
Wed 05 of Dec., 2007 18:22 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41 Dec Tues, fixathon to Apprentice 34  v  c  d  
Wed 24 of Oct., 2007 20:21 UTC JSheehan76.243.201.87 added links to pages 33  v  c  d  
Wed 24 of Oct., 2007 19:53 UTC JSheehan76.243.201.87 start 1st of mo. 32  v  c  d  
Fri 17 of Aug., 2007 03:07 UTC JSheehan76.243.176.101   31  v  c  d  
Fri 17 of Aug., 2007 03:07 UTC JSheehan76.243.176.101 September starts the 8th 30  v  c  d  
Fri 17 of Aug., 2007 03:02 UTC JSheehan76.243.176.101 removed "even if you think you are a great mechanic..." 29  v  c  d  
Fri 17 of Aug., 2007 02:59 UTC JSheehan76.243.176.101 added fixathon link, test out info 28  v  c  d  
Wed 08 of Aug., 2007 19:40 UTC pgarver76.243.183.47   27  v  c  d  
Tue 22 of May, 2007 20:09 UTC JSheehan68.255.171.241 first class wed not tues 26  v  c  d  
Mon 16 of April, 2007 17:49 UTC pgarver68.250.52.147 tuesday classes 7-9 25  v  c  d  
Fri 13 of April, 2007 21:46 UTC JSheehan68.255.171.85 removed series starts... and added Fixathon 24  v  c  d  
Fri 13 of April, 2007 21:22 UTC JSheehan68.255.171.85 intro once again: times 23  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 04:35 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41 removed special classes 22  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 04:33 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41   21  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 04:31 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41   20  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 04:30 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41 Added intro info 19  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 04:23 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41 Added intro info 18  v  c  d  
Wed 04 of April, 2007 03:35 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41   17  v  c  d  
Thu 01 of Feb., 2007 20:58 UTC JSheehan68.255.171.128 removed park tool school 16  v  c  d  
Thu 01 of Feb., 2007 20:58 UTC JSheehan68.255.171.128 added park tool school 15  v  c  d  
Mon 15 of Jan., 2007 20:47 UTC JSheehan68.249.151.165   14  v  c  d  
Fri 29 of Dec., 2006 21:26 UTC JSheehan66.72.161.186 no walk-in observers w/out stands 13  v  c  d  
Thu 09 of Nov., 2006 19:27 UTC JSheehan67.38.254.144   12  v  c  d  
Tue 31 of Oct., 2006 18:48 UTC JSheehan68.254.149.117 clarified free re-take, etc. 11  v  c  d  
Sat 07 of Oct., 2006 20:42 UTC pgarver68.254.148.102   10  v  c  d  
Wed 30 of Aug., 2006 18:04 UTC JSheehan67.38.242.214 added BDEd stuff, 3S's 9  v  c  d  
Wed 09 of Aug., 2006 01:23 UTC pgarver65.43.181.104 update next class dates 8  v  c  d  
Sun 23 of July, 2006 13:32 UTC pgarver67.38.247.102   7  v  c  d  
Fri 30 of June, 2006 17:34 UTC JSheehan67.38.250.165   6  v  c  d  
Wed 01 of March, 2006 05:28 UTC JSheehan68.166.182.41   5  v  c  d  
Mon 06 of Feb., 2006 19:18 UTC pgarver69.218.44.185   4  v  c  d  
Mon 06 of Feb., 2006 18:31 UTC pgarver69.218.44.185 Added link to calendar page 3  v  c  d  
Wed 09 of Nov., 2005 22:41 UTC pgarver68.250.211.140 switched fix a flat link to wiki article 2  v  c  d  
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