Intermediate Maintenance


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. Previously all of the intermediate courses listed below cost £30 (or £15 if you live, work or study in Hounslow – this discount is no longer applicable as of October 2020). Thanks for supporting cycling in Hounslow, Hounslow council!), run from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturdays, and take place at our workshop at 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford, UB6 9BX.

If you have any queries about these courses, please email for more information.

Please note – we ask people to pay the full £30 cost of the class when they make their booking. This 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. If London Bike Hub cancels the course, your payment is refundable is full. We’re having to do this as we’re finding a number of people have been booking places and then not showing up, or not responding to our efforts to contact them, which is unfair on those others we have to turn away once a class is fully booked.

If you qualify for the reduced class price, please go ahead and pay the £30 and we’ll refund you the difference on the day of the class.

Paying for your booking
The payment can be paid by Paypal (to If you don’t have a Paypal account, please email us at and we can help you pay via a guest option on the Paypal system which allows you to pay by debit card.

To book a place on a course, please use the forms supplied, (scroll down) selecting the type of course and date, before filling in your details. If we invite you to do so by email, click the PayPal logo below the course descriptions, towards the end of the page, to make your payment and confirm your place.

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
Index 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.

2. 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
Cleaning cassettes
Selecting a new cassette, and fitting it
Cleaning your existing derailleurs
Choosing and fitting replacement derailleurs

3. 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 one possible exception is our Brompton maintenance class, since keeping six Bromptons in stock as maintenance demonstrators would be rather expensive!

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.

Payment for Intermediate class bookings

If you’d like to pay via Paypal, please do so by clicking on the button below.