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: Courses & Covid-19 Measures October 2021

Update on Courses & Maintenance Training during Covid-19 October 2021

With the reduction in required government measures we have started a gradual processes of de-escalation. However, as a small organisation both the health & safety of everyone and enuring operational capacity are fundamental to our business, and so we still have some key measures in place. Please read carefully and note these are subject to review. Please re-read immediately prior to your course:

Self-Isolation & Measure

Participants should follow government guidance and not attend if required to self-isolate. This includes experiencing any key symptoms of Covid-19, testing positive for Covid-19 (either PCR or lateral flow), living with someone with symptoms or a positive test or being asked by Track & Trace. Please see the NHS website for full details and exceptions to self-isolation.

If your circumstances change midcourse please inform us asap and prior to continuing the course. If you are required to self isolate we will defer your place to a future date.

Additional measures:

  • Facecoverings must be worn when moving about the building at all times for all staff and course participants.
  • Facecovering must be worn in the Training Workshop UNLESS particpants can show the instructor NHS confirmation of a negative lateral flow test from either that day or the night before. This must be via formal NHS text or email. For multiday courses a negative test must be shown each day. We do not supply testing kits on site.
  • Windows in our teaching workshop will be opened to allow airflow and ventilation. While we will heat the room participants should bring warm clothes in the winter months.
  • Alcohol gel and spray is provided throughout the building and participants will have their own work bench.

If you have any questions please contact us to discuss.

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.

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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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