Bicycle Tune-Up Class


Bicycle Tune-Up Class


This comprehensive 3-part workshop will be held on three consecutive Sundays, January 13, 20 and 27 from 2pm to 5pm. The is limited to six participants, and will cover the following topics:

Session 1 Intro, Wheels & Bearings

After familiarizing you with all the component of the bike, their functioning and terminology, we’ll do a brief safety check, and then jump right into what some consider the most complex part of the bike: the wheels. This is how we perform our tune-ups, and there are reasons wheels have to come before everything else. We’ll cover wheel retention and removal, parts of the wheel, hub bearing adjustments and wheel truing. We will also go over adjusting the bearings in the headset and bottom bracket. Although we’ll talk about flat prevention, this class will not cover fixing a flat in detail, because we do a special free class devoted just to that. However, participants will have an opportunity for a hands-on flat fixing demonstration after the formal part of the class (see below).

Session 2 Brakes

In the second session we’ll cover brake adjustment and repair, replacement of brake pads and cables, as well as address some common braking issues.

Session 3 Drivetrain and Shifting

In the final session we’ll cover cleaning and maintaining the drivetrain, diagnosing chain wear, and correct adjustment of derailleurs.


Each session is scheduled for 3 hours. The first two hours will be informal lecture and hands-on demonstrations. The last hour will be reserved for less structured Q&A, and addressing in more detail issues of particular interest to participants.

Other things of note

This workshop is best suited to multi-geared modern bikes, such as hybrids, mountain or touring bikes. Please bring your own bike to class. We can store your bike between sessions if you prefer.

Class fee includes a copy of Chainbreaker Bike Book (or a comparable book, based on availability) and 20% discount for any bike repair tools and materials purchased during the course of the class. In addition to the 9 hours of instruction, participants can book additional time during business hours to complete unfinished projects.

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Expressly excluded from this service are:

  • Repairs of damage sustained as a result of crash, accident or neglect

  • Installation of parts or accessories purchased elsewhere