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Foundation Cycle Maintenance Class - Call 0345 257 0808 for Dates

Learn the most basic cycle repair skills in an afternoon
£25.00Phone 0345 257 0808

Foundation Cycle Maintenance Class

Spend half a day learning basic bicycle repair skills under the supervision of an Edinburgh Bicycle mechanic.

Even if you rely on the bike shop, or your dad, or the local bike nut to keep your bicycle in good running order, there are a few basic tricks every cyclist should know:

  • How to remove and refit a wheel and tyre, so you can fix a puncture.
  • How to tighten the brakes.
  • How to stop the brake blocks rubbing when they’re off and squealing when they’re on;
  • How to adjust the gears so they accurately index (i.e. move the chain onto the next cog with each click of the lever).

Classes are small, informal and, we trust, fun and informative. We lend out all the tools required (and a workstand) to make it easy to work on your bike.

Our mechanic will also demonstrate the following tricks of the trade (though you won’t be expected to practice them):

  • How to true a buckled wheel.
  • How to align squint handlebars, so they’re at right angles to the front wheel.
  • What to do if you suffer a broken brake or gear cable.
  • How to free a stiff chain link
  • How to rejoin a broken chain
  • How to tighten loose cranks and pedals
  • how to ‘boot’ a blown tyre sidewall

At the end of the Foundation Course, you’ll be given an illustrated handout to remind you how to do it yourself should you ever have to fix the bike on your own.

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Our suppliers reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative will do all it can to maintain prices and specifications on this web site, however we do reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Similarly, despite the wonders of modern computers, it is realistic to expect the colour of any item bought to differ subtly from the image online.

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Q. I was just wondering if kids can do the course?
A. Children under 16yrs old are welcome to attend our classes when accompanied by a paying adult. This is as much to protect our staff as well the child as our staff will not have 'Full Disclosure' status. Booking is by prior arrangement.

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