These courses are for people who want to move beyond the basics as covered in our Beginner’s maintenance class, and discover how to carry out a considerably wider range of repairs and adjustments on their bikes. Intermediate courses listed below cost £40 and run from 10am to 3.30pm and take place at our workshop at 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford, UB6 9BX. Dates for 2021 are as follows: 24 April, 1 May and 22 May.
If you have any queries about these courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note – Payment is returnable in full if you cancel your place no later than two weeks ahead of the class date, or if we’re able to fill your place if you cancel closer to the class date. Eventbrite holds the booking fee and this is fully refundable if the workshop is cancelled by LBH due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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1. Cleaning, brakes and gears
Our most popular intermediate course, this one deals with how to:
Diagnose common problems with brakes and gears
Recable brakes and gears
Fit new brake blocks
Adjust rim brakes to work optimally
Please note: this class covers rim brakes only (dual-pivot, V-brake, etc) – we have a separate class for disc brakes.
The next available Brakes and Gears classes are on 19 September fully booked, 10 October fully booked and 28 November 2020 – places available. Classes start at 10am.
Care and replacement of hubs, cassettes, chain and derailleurs – NO LONGER RUN
This class looks at how to care for your bike’s front and rear hubs and drive train, including chains, cassettes and even derailleurs. Topics include:
Servicing and adjusting cup-and-cone hub bearings
Machine-cleaning an existing chain
Cutting a replacement chain to length, and fitting it
Selecting a new cassette, and fitting it
Cleaning your existing derailleurs
Choosing and fitting replacement derailleurs
Care and replacement of headsets and bottom brackets; wheel truing – NO LONGER RUN
Bottom brackets and headsets wear out eventually, and wheels can take a battering from potholes, so in this class we deal with:
Servicing, adjusting and replacing ‘traditional’ serviceable bottom brackets
Checking and replacing cartridge bottom brackets
Servicing and adjusting threaded and threadless headsets
Replacing threaded and threadless headsets
Truing a standard 36-spoke alloy wheel
Do I need to bring my own bike?
As is the case for all our classes, if you’d like to bring along your own bike to work on, that would be fine. Otherwise, we have bikes you can practise on if you’d prefer to leave your trusty transport at home.
The next step
Beyond these courses, we have our Park Tool Advanced maintenance course here, and a series of more specialist courses looking at wheel-building, servicing and maintaining hydraulic brakes, stripping and rebuilding Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub gears, and maintaining Brompton’s world-famous folding bikes.
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