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Cycle Maintenance and Wheel Building Classes

Half-Day and Full-Day Classes


Maintenance Classes - Learn Bike DIY

photo of a bicycle mechanic

Even if you rely on the bike shop, or your dad, or the local bike nut to fix your bicycle, there are a few basic tricks every cyclist should know, such as how to remove and refit a wheel and tyre; how to mend a puncture; how to adjust the gears so they index (move the chain onto the next cog with a single click of the lever) accurately; and how to adjust the brakes so the pads don’t rub when they’re off or squeal when they’re on.

And the easiest way to get hands-on mechanical experience is to spend a Saturday or Sunday at one of our day classes where you will be shown how it's done by one of our mechanics. You will then get to practice your newly-learnt skills on your own bike on a proper workstand using the right tools. Choose between the all-day Intensive Class or the half-day Foundation Course. Beginners welcome to either (though if you have a smattering of mechanical experience you might find the Foundation Course too basic).

Edinburgh Bicycle offers courses in each of our 5 branches: Edinburgh, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Leeds and Manchester. If you would like to reserve a place on a class please visit one of our shops, or call 0845 257 0808 (charged at local rate from anywhere in the UK). Alternatively you can call 0131 331 5010 if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01 numbers.


Courses Offered

Foundation Course in Cycle Maintenance (£25)

Half-day course - 10:00am to 1:00pm or 2.30 to 5.30pm.

  • Covers the basic essentials for dealing with common roadside repairs so you can get back on your bike and home safely.
  • Includes: wheel removal and installation; puncture repair; gear tuning, and basic brake adjustment.
  • This class is essentially road- and trail-side 'bicycle first aid'. If you want more comprehensive tuition, you should really consider the Intensive Maintenance Course.
  • Price: £25.00 (sorry, no lunch supplied).
  • To find out more about this course, phone 0845 257 0808, or 0131 331 5010 (if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01, 02 numbers etc.), or visit one of our shops, or e-mail enquiries@edinburghbicycle.com.

Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course (£49)

Single-day course - 10:00am to 5:30pm.

This is our most popular class. You will spend a day getting to know your way around the bike.

  • Puncture repair: wheel removal, locating punctures, fixing punctures, wheel refitting.
  • Wheel truing - essential for better braking.
  • Brake adjustment for powerful, silent stopping.
  • Adjusting hub bearings for maximum life and smooth running.
  • Gear adjustment: including fitting new cables and fine tuning front and rear mechanisms.
  • Bottom bracket and headset adjustment.
  • Recommendations for routine bicycle servicing.
  • Price: £49.00 includes lunch supplied by Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op.
  • To find out more about this course, phone 0845 257 0808 or 0131 331 5010 (if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01, 02 numbers etc.), visit one of our shops, or e-mail enquiries@edinburghbicycle.com.

Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course for Women (£49)

photo of a woman on a bike maintenance class

Single-day course - 10:00am to 5:30pm.

This is identical to our standard 1-day course in cycle maintenance, but it's for women only (though sometimes the tutor/mechanic is a guy).

To find out more about this course, phone 0845 257 0808 or 0131 331 5010 (if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01, 02 numbers etc.), visit one of our shops, or e-mail enquiries@edinburghbicycle.com.

One Day Wheel-Building Course(£49)

Please note: This course is currently only available in our Edinburgh store.

Single-day course - 10:00am to 5:30pm.

Learn how to build your own bicycle wheels. Imagine that!

Given that our slogan is The Revolution Will Not Be Motorised, it should go without saying that we have a passion for wheel building. It's a skill we enjoy sharing, hence this course. If our Cycle Maintenance Course is like getting your degree in bicycle mechanics, the Wheel Building Course is your PhD.

  • On this one-day course, you will be shown how to lace, build and true a pair of wheels under the guidance of an Edinburgh Bicycle mechanic.
  • You will be lent hubs, spokes and rims, and you will spend the day building them into a pair of wheels.
  • It's a magical experience.
  • Having practiced under the supervision of an Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op wheel builder, you will then have the confidence to build and/or true your own wheels at home.
  • You will be given a course handout to take away with you, so you needn't worry about forgetting any the wheel building steps and techniques explained on the course.
  • Single-day course: usually 10:00 - 17:30 on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Lunch (provided by Edinburgh Bicycle) included in the price.
  • To find out more about this course, phone 0845 257 0808 or 0131 331 5010 (if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01, 02 numbers etc.), visit one of our shops, or e-mail enquiries@edinburghbicycle.com.

Locations, Dates and Times for the Classes

Aberdeen

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • August 2014
  • Sunday 17 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Edinburgh - Bruntsfield

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • August 2014
  • Friday 1 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.Fully Booked.
  • Friday 8 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm. Fully Booked.
  • Friday 15 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm. Fully Booked.

Women's All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Half-Day Foundation Course in Bicycle Maintenance £25

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Wheel Building - £49

  • July 2014
  • Friday 25 July, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Leeds

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Manchester - Rusholme

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Half-Day Foundation Course in Bicycle Maintenance £25

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Manchester - City Tower Cycle Hub

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £44, please note this price does not include lunch

  • August 2014
  • Saturday 30 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • September 2014
  • Saturday 20 September, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Half-Day Foundation Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £25

  • Sorry - No dates at present.

Newcastle

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • August 2014
  • Saturday 9 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Saturday 30 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • September 2014
  • Saturday 13 September, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Saturday 27 September, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Sheffield

All-Day Intensive Course in Bicycle Maintenance - £49

  • August 2014
  • Sunday 10 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Sunday 17 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm.

Please note that the classes tend to finish between 5.00 and 5.30pm but may overrun.

Gift Vouchers

If you know of someone who could do with being sent on a bicycle maintenance course, then you can surprise-treat them to one of our gift vouchers. To buy a gift voucher click here, phone 0845 257 0808 (lo-call) or 0131 331 5010 (if your telephone service provides 'free' minutes to 01, 02 numbers etc.), or just pop in to one of our shops.


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