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.

NOTE: Our one-day Intermediate Course will return in 2022. Sign up on the waiting list below to hear when dates go live.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Removal of Course Distancing Measures for Covid-19 March 2022

With the changes that have taken affect on 24 February in Government guidance and with the removal of free testing from 1 April we have taken the careful decision to remove the majority of our measures across our operations and services. De-escalation of measures is in many ways harder to gauge than the escalation, and we have taken a cautious approach throughout the pandemic, usually maintaining consistent measures even when Government guidance relaxed. This was for the health of our staff and clients but to also to maintain operational capacity with many staff such as mechanics unable to work from home.

For us now, we have removed measures such as mask wearing, and reduced caps on courses. We still support any staff or customers who may wish to continue to wear masks and we still provide hand gel. We also see the majority of shop and workshop customers outside as this practically makes sense when handing over bikes or conducting test rides. We have also worked with our sister companies Outspoken Training and Zedify to ensure there is still some separation of our staff within the building but otherwise most other measures have been removed.

If you have any questions, feedback or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can be reached at team@outspokencycles.co.uk and on 01223789606.

Park Tool School Basic: Ride with Confidence

Summary

Our one-day Park Tool School Basic: Ride with Confidence course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of bike maintenance and those looking to know how to address common issues while out riding. 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.

Course detail

  • Basic Mechanical Skills – Tools, Stands, Homeshop Setup, Tension & Torquing bolts, Lubrication, Threadlockers & Cleaners, Health & Safety
  • Safety “M” check
  • Tyres, Tubes & Puncture Repair (innertube replacement), with wheel removal and installation
  • Looking after your drivetrain: lubrication, cleaning and wear of chains, rear sprockets and chainrings
  • Derailleur gear adjustment front & rear
  • Disc brake systems – differences of cable vs hydraulic, rotors, basics of brake alignment, pad replacement
  • Caliper rim brake adjustment and pad replacement for v-brake, dual pivot road caliper and cantilever
  • Field repairs – what tools to take and tips & tricks to get you home!

Please note that we will be concentrating on standard derailleur geared bikes. If you have a bike with hub brakes and hub gears you may find some parts of this course less relevant to your bike, though most things are transferable.

If you have any questions or worries, do please ask.

Price

The course costs £80 per person and includes:

  • All tools and equipment
  • A bicycle for you to work on if required (although we encourage you to bring your own where possible)

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

Course participants must be 18 years or above. We do welcome younger participants 16+ but we accept these on a case by case basis based on their prior experience. Please contact us to discuss prior to booking.

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.

Park Tool School Intermediate

Summary

Our one-day Park Tool School Intermediate course is designed for people with a basic knowledge of bike maintenance and who wish to extend this knowledge to the next level, being able to maintain and replace common key components on their bike. The course takes place in our dedicated training workshop over a full day to ensure there is plenty of time for practice. The maximum group size is normally 8, with our fully trained mechanic on hand to help out and answer questions as they come up.

Participants should have a good knowledge of the key content outlined in the Basic: Ride With Confidence course before booking the Intermediate as this level of knowledge assumed by the instructor on the day. If unsure do get in touch to discuss.

Course detail

  • M-Check, Wheel Removal and Puncture Repair, tyre and tube sizing – Revision
  • Workshop practice, repair stands, fasteners, torque, lubricants and grease etc.
  • Cassette Removal, cleaning and Installation
  • Chain removal, cleaning and installation. Sizing of new chains
  • Hub adjustment, different bearing systems discussion and demo
  • Basic principals of wheel truing
  • Crankset removal
  • Re-cabling gearsets and derailleur set up
  • Re-cabling brakes and set up

Please note that we will be concentrating on standard derailleur geared bikes and cable-based rim brakes. If you have a bike with hub brakes, hub gears or hydraullic disc brakes you may find some parts of this course less relevant to your bike, though most things are transferable.

Price

The course costs £80 per person and includes:

  • All tools and equipment
  • A bicycle for you to work on if required (although we encourage you to bring your own where possible)

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 circumstances 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

Course participants must be 18 years or above. We do welcome younger participants 16+ but we accept these on a case by case basis based on their prior experience and they must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult. Please contact us prior to booking to discuss this.

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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If there are no course spaces available or the dates don't work for you then please sign up to our waiting list

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