Maintenance Skills

Maintenance Skills

Learning to maintain your bike and fix basic problems means your bike is always ready and safe to ride whenever you need it.

Many jobs are easy once you’ve been shown how. So why not join one our fantastic maintenance courses – basic / roadside maintenance, intermediate maintenance, and women only intermediate maintenance.  Check out our events listings here for the next available dates. Summaries of course content can be found below.

We also hope to continue our successful Cytech apprentice programme for 2016. Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes for 16-24 year olds, designed around the needs of employers, and lead to recognised qualifications. We will be announcing more about this soon.

 


 

Basic / Roadside Maintenance


This two hour course covers essentials such as: checking your bike is safe to ride; detecting common problems, making minor adjustments and repairs; and how to deal with roadside maintenance issues.


FULL COURSE CONTENTS:

The ABCD check and M-check; removing a wheel and tyre; repairing a puncture or changing an inner-tube; brake adjustment, cleaning, lubrication and storing your bicycle.

Intermediate Maintenance


 A four-part course perfect for those riding frequently who would like the knowledge and skills to keep their bike running smoothly all year round. Covers Wheels & Hubs, Brakes, Gears and Headsets & Bottom Brackets.


FULL COURSE CONTENTS:

PART 1: WHEELS & HUBS

Overview of common wheel sizes, hubs and bearing systems; identifying worn or loose wheel bearings; adjusting bearings; changing a cassette; changing a tire, changing an inner-tube; replacing a broken spoke; wheel truing (theory and demonstration).

PART 2: BRAKES

Overview of common braking systems; how to adjust brakes; changing brake blocks, changing a brake cable; reconnecting and setting up new brakes calipers.

PART 3: GEARS

Overview of common gear systems, changing a gear cable; adjusting the rear derailleur; adjusting the front derailleur; common issues and how to resolve them.

PART 4: HEADSETS & BOTTOM BRACKETS

Overview of headsets; detecting headset wear or adjustment issues; adjusting headsets; overview of bottom brackets; detecting bottom bracket wear or adjustment issues; adjusting bottom brackets.

Cytech Apprenticeship


Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers and lead to recognised qualifications. We will be announcing more about our scheme for 2016 soon.


If you are aged between 16-24, and think you might be interested in training as a bicycle mechanic, why not come along and volunteer a few hours each week helping in our workshop and get a taste of what its all about? In the mean time, you can find out more about Cytech Mechanic Apprenticeships here.