Intensive Course

A complete cycle maintenance course over two Saturdays, tailored around your bike. The first day covers the most common repairs whilst the second gets more involved with the deeper workings of the bike. You can book either day or just one day if you prefer. No prior experience is needed – just the desire to get hands-on and skilled up. The aim is to save you money on future repairs and to demonstrate just how empowering and enjoyable cycle mechanics can be with a few tools and the right knowledge.

Our courses have two tutors and spaces are limited to just six students. That way we aim to create a relaxed and supportive environment, where you’ll get all the help you need. New cables and brake blocks are included in the price of the course. We also stock new and used parts should you need them.

Once you’ve completed a day course, we’d love you to come back and use our facilities at either our weekly Bike Kitchen or Women’s Night. Or even to volunteer with us and further improve your skills.

Day Courses run from 10am to 4pm(ish) with a 30 minute lunch break. Tea and Coffee are provided.

Free parking is available in the Hamilton House car park off City Road.

The course costs £60.00 per day. We also offer an unwaged rate of £35.00, (if you use your bike as sole transport and are not able to afford the full price).

If you’d like to buy the course as a gift, just select “Voucher” from the drop down menu. We will then post out a voucher to you to pass on. The recipient can arrange a suitable date with us.

For more information, email Mike Lowe courses@thebristolbikeproject.org

Important: Whilst we cover a wide range of bicycle types, we do not cover the following; suspension forks, bleeding hydraulic brakes, cartridge wheel bearings hub gears, replacing push fit bottom brackets.  If you have any queries about this, please let me know.

Also: Doing the course is sure to make your bike run smoother. However, if your bike needs lots of work, you’ll need to be realistic about what can be achieved in the limited time available on the day. You can always bring it back to the Bike Kitchen.


Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course: Day 1 £60

Day 1 starts off looking for trouble, finding faults before they become expensive repairs. We then go on to tackle brakes and gears, giving them a complete overhaul with new cables and brake blocks. Then getting them set up to work perfectly. Then we fix a broken chain. The last job is mending punctures.

– Complete bike checkover. Fault finding and gauging wear on chains, rims etc.
– Brakes: fitting new blocks and new cables. Setting up for optimum performance.
– Adjusting disk brakes and fitting pads (if requested)
– Gears: straightening the mech hanger. Setting limit screws. Calibrating for perfect shifting.
– Fixing a broken chain by the roadside, using a multitool.
– Replacing tires and tubes
 and mending punctures.

Book Your Place on Day 1:


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Note: Once booked, if you wish to cancel or rearrange your course date, you must tell us at least 5 days beforehand. Otherwise we cannot refund or rearrange your course.

Also: Vouchers can be exchanged for a Level 2 service if the recipient prefers.


Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course: Day Two £60

Day 2 gets greasy. We’ll go through all the bearings, stripping them down for a thorough service, adding years to the life of your bike. Then we tackle the drive chain. If yours is worn, now’s the time to bring in a replacement and fit it yourself. We can offer advice on what to buy, plus we have many parts in stock. We then go on to look at truing wheels and replacing a broken spoke.

– Hub bearing service (open type, not cartridge bearings found on high end modern hubs)
– Servicing and fitting headsets
– Complete drive chain removal and refitting, (removing cassette and cranks, all types)
– Bottom Bracket service or replacement (cup and cone, cartridge and Hollowtec II, Not press fit).

– Replace a broken spoke
– Introduction to wheel truing

Book Your Place on Day 2:


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Note: Once booked, if you wish to cancel or rearrange your course date, you must tell us at least 5 days beforehand. Oherwise we cannot refund or rearrange your course.

Also: Vouchers can be exchanged for a Level 2 service if the recipient prefers.


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by Paul Barham on Intensive Course
Intensive bike course

Just attended the all day intensive bike maintenance course. Brilliant day showing us how to strip down and service our bikes. Great teachers, highly recommended.

by Joey on Intensive Course
Excellent courses!

I recently attended both days and they were fantastic! I've always been afraid of working on my bike before now. Even taking the rear wheel off used to leave me in cold sweats. But now, I've had two punctures on my rear wheel since and have repaired the tube both times super quickly. I was also fearful of breaking the rear mech at the slightest touch and I thought the bottom bracket was a magical component that mere mortals never touched! Ha! I'm considering adding a few more tools to my collection so I can regularly service/overhaul all the bearing systems because... I thought it was fun. All the tutors were great and really patient, it was always very inclusive and enough time was given on each part for everyone to really get their heads around it and then actually do it themselves. It also gave me the confidence to attend a women's night drop in to service my front wheel hub myself! I would recommend the maintenance courses and the drop in sessions to anyone who cycles! Thanks so much!!

by Iain on Intensive Course
Perfect,

As a qualified grumpy old man I approached this feeling, on the one hand that it would be a waste of time and on the other a fear that my ignorance might be exposed. Mike and Julien oozed knowledge and experience, a great ability to communicate effectively and an enthusiasm that makes me hope my bike falls to bits - just so that I can fix it! This course not only makes me feel more in tune with my bike, more confident to keep it healthy but will also save me a load of money on expensive servicing. Furthermore, although I haven't tried this, they allow you to access their workshop for £2 on certain evenings! Thank you!

by Graeme on Intensive Course
Intensive Course Day 1

Really excellent course! Mike and Julien were both extremely knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. We were a group of 6 and I feel everyone came away with a greater understanding of how bikes work and how to keep them in top nick! The whole concept of this project is fantastic as well and hope to come back and get involved with the volunteering

by Martin on Intensive Course
Intensive Course Day 2

Great course. Friendly and relaxed. Well taught and tailored to the learning aims of each participant and the characteristics of their bike.
I brought some new parts and was very grateful for Henry and Julien's advice in fitting them. Bike is now how I want it and running well.
Thank you

by Steve on Intensive Course
Intensive Maintenance Courses

I've now done both days of the course and found them really useful. Henry and Julien are excellent teachers and paced the sessions to the people attending, encouraging full participation and giving just the right amount of help. I took different bikes that needed some work along to the two days. Both are now in good shape. A very enjoyable couple of days!

by Matt on Intensive Course
Intensive Day 2

Anyone wanting to learn more about their bike should take these courses! After attending the day 2 intensive course on 28th May, I have learnt to be more hands on with the drive train of my bike, fixing and adjusting those annoying creaks and squeaks that make yourself wonder if a major break down is coming. The courses are paced well with easy to follow demo's. Thanks to both Mike and Julien who were happy to spend some time on the more unusual issues of my bike and share their knowledge where they could.

by Caroline on Intensive Course
Perfect teaching

I can only reiterate the comments made by previous delegates; I joined the Day 1 course because I wanted to be able to fix problems on my bike myself. The course has given me the confidence to check for faults and, if necessary, adjust or replace brakes (very important!). I am not so confident that I understand the derailleur adjustments but that is more down to me than the teaching and I intend to book the Day 2 course to follow through on the training. It was a brilliant course, well structured and very well presented and I had a great day. Many thanks to Mike and Julien for their attention to detail and really positive engagement with all the students through the day.

by David on Intensive Course
Fantastic course

Absolutely brilliant course. I've done day one and day two and would recommend both. Mike and Julien are really great tutors, everything - even the complex stuff - is explained and demonstrated clearly so you can feel confident when it's your turn to have a go. Nothing too much trouble for these guys, really friendly atmosphere AND endless supply of tea and biscuits -what's not to like?

by Ian Thayer on Intensive Course

Great course! I have completed both day one and day two now and as a result feel a lot more confident and knowledgeable regarding my bike. The course runs at a great pace and the ability to learn from others and their bikes is really helpful. If anyone is looking to further their bike skills than this is a great way to do it.

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