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. All of the intermediate courses listed below cost £25 (or £10 if you live, work or study in Hounslow. Thanks for supporting cycling in Hounslow, Hounslow council!), run from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturdays (or from 3pm to 8pm for those rare courses which are scheduled for Sundays), and take place at our workshop at 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford, UB6 9BX.
To book a place on one of these courses, please use the forms supplied, selecting the type of course and date, before filling in your details.
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 classes are on July the 21st, September the 8th, and November the 17th. Classes start at 10am.
Care and replacement of hubs, cassettes, chain and derailleurs
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
The next Care and replacement of hubs, cassettes, chain and derailleurs course is on Saturday June the 2nd, and then September the 15th, and December the 1st. To book, please fill in the form HERE.
Care and replacement of headsets and bottom brackets; wheel truing
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
Join us on Saturday, the 19th of May , for the next one of these classes, or book a place for one of the subsequent courses on July the 28th, or October the 27th. To book, please fill in the form HERE.
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.
Paying your deposit
We’re now asking people to pay a deposit of £15 (which counts towards the cost of the class) to secure their booking for these classes below, as we’re finding a number of people have been booking places and then not showing up, which is unfair on those others we have to turn away once a class is fully booked.
The deposit can be paid by Paypal (to firstname.lastname@example.org), or via bank transfer to London Bike Hub, sort code 08-92-99, and account number 65441099. Please use your first initial and first few letters of your surname, along with the first few letters of the course title, as your payment reference. We can take the deposit as cash or a cheque as well, if you drop it by the workshop at least a couple of weeks ahead of the course. Cheques should be made payable to London Bike Hub, and either handed in, or posted through the front door in an envelope marked for the attention of Jon Marks at London Bike Hub.