One-day home mechanic courses

Our popular one day courses run at the weekend are the perfect way to get to know your bike better. Run in small groups we offer two levels covering everything from the absolute basics to more advanced skills such as changing cables. Build confidence, save money and have a lot of fun with like-minded people.

Covid-19 Information for Courses

At Outspoken Cycles we  take the health and safety of our staff and customers extremely seriously. We are delighted to be running our leisure and accredited bike maintenance courses again as lockdown eases. In order to make sure these courses are as safe as possible, while maintaining our high levels of quality, we have made some changes to the ways we run the sessions, as well as implementing various health and safety measures. 

We continue to monitor the situation with Corvid-19 closely and we are following the regulations from the government.

Below are the measures we have put in place.

Preventing the Spread of Covid-19

Participants should not attend any of our courses if they or anyone in their household have experienced any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 in 14 days prior to the start date of the course, or if they have been asked to self-isolate as part of the Track and Trace programme.

If you experience any of the symptoms during your time on the course please inform your instructor immediately and you will be asked to leave the course. 

NHS UK website has listed the main symptoms of coronavirus as:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you are required to self isolate or develop symptoms and therefore cannot attend the course we will defer your place to a future date.

General building measures

Outspoken Cycles training workshop and offices have been adapted in various ways to allow for social distancing and to keep everyone safe

  • All general tools, equipment and shared areas are cleaned before the start of any course.
  • Hand cleaning areas are stationed strategically around the building
  • All staff and visitors are required to wash their hands as soon as they arrive onsite
  • Staff are working from home where possible to reduce numbers on site and we have strict procedures for those visiting our shop and workshop
  • We are disinfecting digital devices, door handles and key equipment such as phones on a daily basis.

Attendees

  • We have limited the number of participants on all of our courses to help maintain social distancing. 

Tools, Equipment and Workshop

  • Each participant will have their own workstation with their own set of standard tools to use throughout a course
  • Each workstation will have a supply of isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle for individual cleaning of workstations, tools and bikes, throughout the day and thoroughly at the end of each day
  • All tools stations will be cleaned down between uses
  • Any bikes or equipment that is shared will be cleaned between participants
  • Gloves will be required to be worn by participant and staff in all sessions, we will provide these
  • Participants will be required to wear a face covering during any one-to-one work or demonstrations within courses.

Teaching Methods

We have adapted our teaching methods where necessary and possible to allow for social distancing. This includes the use of cameras and screens to illustrate detail points. This allows participants and instructors to keep a 2m distance from one another during demonstrations.

Basic Maintenance Course Information

Summary

Our one-day basic course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of bike maintenance. We run this for a full day to ensure that participants leave the end of the course with the confidence to fix common problems with their bike. There is plenty of time for practice and the maximum group size is 8 with our fully trained mechanic on hand to help out and answer questions as they come up. The course runs from 10am-4pm.

Course detail

  • Diagnosing problems with your bike (‘M’ check)
  • Learning names for different parts of the bike and their roles
  • Learning about tyre pressure and wheel sizes
  • Removing and replacing your wheels correctly
  • Fitting a new inner tube without causing a puncture
  • Replacing your brake blocks and setting them to achieve maximum wear and braking power
  • Learning how to clean and lubricate brake cables

Please note that we will be concentrating on standard derailleur geared bikes and V-brakes. If you have a Dutch bike with hub brakes and gears, or hydraulic disc brakes you may find some parts of this course irrelevant to your bike, though most things are transferable. If you have any questions or worries, do please ask.

Price

The course costs £65 per person and includes:

  • VAT
  • All tools and equipment
  • A bicycle for you to work on

Please choose a course date below and fill out the form, you’ll then be able to pay online and further instructions for the course will be emailed to you.

Refunds for courses are only given under exceptional circumstamces and never within 7 days of the advertised course. If we cancel the course for any reason a full refund will be given and a choice of alternative dates offered.  If you have any further questions, do please get in touch.

Finally, if you’re a Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member, we offer a 15% discount to support the good work that they do. Please put your membership number in the relevant section on the form if this applies.

Further details

Our scheduled courses are run at our training workshop in Cambridge. If you have any further questions, do please get in touch. For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

Intermediate Maintenance Course Information

Course summary

Our one-day intermediate course is designed for people who have a base level of knowledge and want to be confident doing some of the more complex areas of bike maintenance. We run this for a full day to ensure that participants leave the end of the course with the confidence to be able to go back and use the skills straight away. There is plenty of time for practise and the maximum group size is 8 with our fully trained mechanic on hand to help out and answer questions as they come up. The course runs from 10am-4pm.

Course detail

  • Inspecting cables & learning when to replace
  • Learning how to fit a new brake inner cable
  • When and why a chain needs changing
  • How to break and rejoin a chain correctly
  • Lubrication and changing gear cables
  • Learning about how a derailleur works
  • Setting up your gears correctly for maximum efficiency

Please note that we will be concentrating on standard derailleur geared bikes and V-brakes. If you have a Dutch bike with hub brakes and gears or hydraulic disc brakes, you may find parts of this course irrelevant to your bike, although there are certainly many things that are transferable. If you have any questions or worries, do please ask.

Price

The course costs £65 per person and includes:

  • VAT
  • All tools and equipment
  • A bicycle for you to work on

Please choose a course date below and fill out the form, you’ll then be able to pay online and further instructions for the course will be emailed to you.

Refunds for courses are only given under exceptional circumstamces and never within 7 days of the advertised course. If we cancel the course for any reason a full refund will be given and a choice of alternative dates offered.  If you have any further questions, do please get in touch.

Finally, if you’re a Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member, we offer a 15% discount to support the good work that they do. Please put your membership number in the relevant section on the form if this applies.

Further details

Our scheduled courses are run at our training workshop in Cambridge. If you have any further questions, do please get in touch. For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

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