Basic Mechanics Class

The Urban Bike Project Bicycle Mechanics Class is an 8-hour course providing hands-on instruction about bicycle maintenance and a variety of basic repair tasks. If you’re interested in becoming a shop volunteer but don’t know much about bikes, or just want to become more self-reliant with your bicycle, this is a great place to start.

What’s Covered In The Basic Mechanics Class?

Choose from the following classes, or take all four for the comprehensive 8-hour course:

  1. Flat tire repair and chain maintenance – 2 hours
  2. Braking systems – 2 hours
  3. Shifters and derailleurs – 2 hours
  4. Wheels and bearing systems – 2 hours

What Isn’t Covered?

We try to cover a range of repairs most useful to the everyday bicycle rider.There isn’t enough time in our classes to cover some of the more advanced systems such as disc brakes, outboard bottom brackets, press-in hub bearings, or wheel building.

How Much Does It Cost?

$15/class or $50 for all four classes. Cash/check due at first class session.

Is There A Way To Offset The Cost?

Yes! Regular shop volunteers may attend class to refresh/improve their skills to better serve our Open Shop visitors. If you are not a volunteer yet but would like to become one you’ll need to pay for the class in advance. Once you start volunteering regularly you can use your class fee as shop credit towards used bicycles and parts.

When Is The Next Class Scheduled/How Do I Sign-Up?

Spring 2018 dates:

  • April 23 – Flat tires and chains
  • April 30 – Brakes
  • May 7 – Shifters and Derailleurs
  • May 14 – Wheels and Bearing Systems

Register for classes by emailing urbanbikeproject@gmail.com and letting us know which session(s) you would like to attend.

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A sample of course materials used for Urban Bike Projects Bicycle Mechanics Class

One example of the instructional materials used in our youth and adult classes. Illustrated by our good friend Todd.