Advanced bicycle maintenance courses
Our advanced bike maintenance courses are for those who want to know more than the basics. They are especially suitable for frequent riders who need to maintain their bikes more regularly, such as commuter cyclists, mountain bikers, racing cyclists or touring cyclists. Each course is based upon modules from our professional City & Guilds level 2 training programme.
In these practical sessions you will be working in our fully equipped professional workshop on our demo bikes, with all the relevant tools and products.
They say 'the devil's in the detail' and these courses are certainly wicked - you'll come away armed with the skills to perform some very complex tasks plus loads of valuable advice.
Bicycle hydraulic disc brake course
More and more bikes are equipped with hydraulic disc brakes; even entry level commuter bikes now feature this technology. This course includes:
- Identifying parts of the brake caliper – an important first step is understanding pistons, pads, caliper body and fitting hardware
- Types of pad and changing them – organic/resin and sintered compounds all have an effect on brake performance and wear. We’ll show you how to change pads and why you would use different compounds
- Setting up the caliper – why positioning is so important to wear and performance and how to rectify sticky pistons
- Rotors and rotor truing – you’ll learn how to fit a rotor and how to straighten a warped brake rotor
- Rotor adaptors – matching caliper and adaptors to rotor size
- Fluids – not all hydraulic systems use the same fluid. Learn why you can’t mix them and what precautions to take when handling hazardous and corrosive liquids
- Hose shortening – getting the right hose length not only makes your bike look neat and tidy but reduces the chance of rub. We go through the correct process for trimming hydraulic hose.
- Standard bleed – with so many makes and models out there we demonstrate a standard bleed procedure for hydraulic brakes. This covers the reasons why brakes need bleeding and why air in the fluid is not what you want!
Advanced gearing and bottom brackets course
Keep the wheels in motion on this hands-on advanced bicycle transmission module, covering the dirty, greasy moving parts that can make cycling difficult if they’re not properly maintained. This course includes:
- Chain removal and refitting - how to correctly remove, size and replace your chain using a chain rivet extractor and quick link.
- Cassette/freewheel removal and refitting - fit a new cassette (or freewheel) of a suitable ratio and number of gears - we’ll look at 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 speed variants.
- Chainset removal – we’ll teach you how to correctly remove and re-fit a chainset from its bottom bracket and how to ensure it’s not damaged in the process.
- Chainring removal and refitting - change chainrings when worn or damaged and explain how to match them to the transmission system of your bike.
- We’ll discuss and identify bottom bracket standards, fitting tools and assembly compounds as well as demonstrating removal and installation of a standard threaded bottom bracket.
Our mechanics will also be happy to answer your questions on the day.
Bicycle wheel truing and wheel building
Riding over pot-holes is a way of life these days so learn what to do when your wheels finally say enough is enough! This course includes:
- Calculating spoke length – the first part of building a wheel once you have chosen your hub and rim is calculating spoke length for each side of the wheel.
- Lacing a wheel – we’ll guide you through the dark art of lacing a standard three-cross wheel, using our parts and tools.
- Truing a wheel - learn the multi-dimensional art of truing a wheel, ensure it runs true to the frame/brakes and forms the perfect circle
- Replacing a broken spoke – it’s rare for a spoke to break but if one does it’s not the end of the world, or the wheel. We’ll show you how to remove, replace and tension a spoke.
- Tension a wheel – the final part of the course brings all of the elements together as your wheel reaches its final stage of production.
Locations Courses are available in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, all take place in our fully kitted out professional workshops using Park Tools and workstands.
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Trainees work on the demonstration bikes provided.
We pace the learning to suit the groups’ ability. If you are unsure which course to book then please give us a call to discuss your requirements.
There's a maximum of 6 people per course.
For larger groups please call to make special arrangements.