As a starting point into the world of cycle maintenance we run an introductory course, which takes place on Saturdays (see below). If you’d like to take your knowledge further, we have three different intermediate courses which take place mainly on Saturdays, but with an occasional Sunday, at our workshop in Greenford, UB6 9BX.
All of the courses cost £25 each and run from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays, from 3pm to 7pm for those which take place on Sundays, or as specified for newer classes added on week days.
Please note – we’re now asking people to pay a deposit of £15 (which counts towards the cost of the class) to secure their booking for the 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.
Payment of the deposit can be made 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.
To book a place on one of these courses, please use the form below, selecting the type of course and date, before filling in your details.
This class runs on the first Saturday of almost every month, and is ideal for people who feel they know nothing about the subject, though many people find it useful even if they’ve been around a bike for a while. The final class for 2017 is on Saturday, the 2nd of December, starting as usual at 10am, and finishing at about 3pm. The first class of 2018 is on Saturday, January the 6th, also starting at 10am.
Parts of the bike
Diagnosing problems and basic adjustments
Rear wheel removal
Replacing an inner tube
Fixing a puncture
Cleaning, brakes and gears
This lesson is for people who want to know a little bit more than the basics from the first lesson. The remaining Saturday class for 2017, on the 18th of November, is now fully booked, so we’ve added a week-day class on Tuesday the 5th of December. Unlike our weekend classes, it starts at 9.30am and finishes at 2.30pm. If you can’t make that date, the first class of 2018 is on Saturday the 13th of January, starting at 10am.
Cleaning a bike, including your own
Brakes: adjustments and fitting new blocks on your own bike
Gears: common problems and adjustments
There’s lots of hands-on aspects – you will be getting your hands dirty putting what you have learnt into action. There is also time throughout the day to ask questions.
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 how to replace bearings, chains, cassettes and even derailleurs. The next one is on Saturday, November the 25th, followed by the first class in 2018 on Saturday, the 20th of January, at 10am.
Care and replacement of headsets and bottom brackets; wheel truing
Bottom brackets and headsets wear out eventually, so in this class we examine the ins and outs of keeping traditional and threadless headsets, and serviceable and cartridge bottom brackets, running smoothly, and what to do when they finally expire. We also delve into the skill of keeping your wheels properly round and properly straight (true), whatever London’s potholed roads throw at them. Join us on Sunday, December the 3rd, for the 3pm start of the next one of these classes, or book a place on the same class at 10am on Saturday, the 24th of March.
To book, please use the form below