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Glastonbury, CT 06033

860-659-0114

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Bicycle Maintenance Classes

This will be our twelth straight year offering our Bicycle Maintenance Class series.  To date we have trained hundreds of students using our "hands-on" training program.  Originally based on the Park Tool School outline, we have re-designed our program using the experience that we have gained through the years.  The classes have been restructured and now allow for the flexibility for an individual to take either the entire series or just one particular session on a topic that most interests them.

As in previous years, we still require that each student purchase a copy of Park Tool's "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair."  You may purchase this from Bicycles East.  This book is now in its third revision and contains hundreds of color photos and procedures to help novice as well as veteran mechanics.

At the beginning of each session students will receive an outline that covers the topics of the night.  This outline will reference the various sections of Park Tool's book that covers the topics for the night.  In addition, the instructor for the night may pass out additional handouts that clarify the topics.

This year we will be offering 4 sessions--each covering a different topic.  Students can sign up for one or as many of the sessions as they choose.  Each session is limited to 6 students.  Sessions will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  As of this time, we are planning to offer each session only once.  Your position must be reserved with a deposit in advance.  Deposits will be refundable if cancellation is at least one week before the start of the session.  See below for details and dates for each session.

What you need to bring:

  • Your bicycle -- It should be a working bicycle totally assembled and ridable.  This class is not intended to fix your broken bike but rather help you develop skills to maintain your bike for years of trouble free operation.
  • Text Book -- Park Tool's "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Mechanics."  This book can be purchased in advance at time of registration or on the day of the class ($25.00).
  • Wear Clothes that can get dirty --  Because this is a hands-on class you may get grease on your clothing.  Be sure to wear clothing that you are not concerned about getting dirty. Park Tool's SA-3 Heavy Duty Shop Apron will be available for purchase at a discounted price if you would like to protect your clothing further.

Discounts on Parts and Tools:

  • Anyone attending these trainings will receive a 15% discount on Tools, Parts, or Materials purchased during the class sessions. 

Session 1:

Scheduled Date Thursday November 10, 2016 6:00-8:30 pm            

Topics for the night:

  • Tires & Tubes -- Removal of wheels, tires, and tubes.  Repair of flat--Tire and Tube Inspection 
  • Chains -- Proper selection, Chain Repair, Chain Length Calculation
  • Wash and Lube -- Equipment, Types of Lubes, Effective procedure

In this class you will cover the four most important topics that will help insure that your bicycle runs trouble free.  "Friction is the enemy" of your bicycles.  If you don't effectively clean and lube your bicycle on a regular basis you will ultimately have a problem.  If you ride your bike...at some point you will get a flat tire.  Don't miss out on a great day of cycling by not knowing how to correctly fix a flat.  Chains do wear and fail.  Having an understanding of how to make basic repairs can save your from walking back to your car.  

This is a hands-on class.  You will spend most of your time learning hands-on from our professional staff.  During the class you will have plenty of time to ask questions, and your work will be checked by a professional mechanic.   All tools will be supplied by Bicycles East.

Prerequisite:

  • There is no prerequisite for this class.

The course fee for the class is $45.  Enrollment is on a first-come basis and is limited to 6 people.  To enroll, please call us at 659-0114 or email info@BicyclesEast.com

Session 2:

Scheduled Date Thursday November 17, 2016 6:00-8:30 pm
                          

Topics for the night:

  • Brakes
  • Derailleurs

In this class you will learn to how to adjust the brakes and derailleurs on your own bicycle.  This is a hands-on class.  You will spend most of your time learning hands-on from our professional staff.  During the class you will have plenty of time to ask questions, and your work will be checked by a professional mechanic.  Not only will you learn how to make adjustments to your own bike, you will develop an understanding of how these components function and work.  All tools will be supplied by Bicycles East.

Prerequisite:

  • There is no prerequisite for this class.

The course fee for the class is $45.  Enrollment is on a first-come basis and is limited to 6 people.  To enroll, please call us at 659-0114 or email info@BicyclesEast.com 

Session 3:

Scheduled Date Thursday December 1, 2016 6:00-8:30 

Topics for the night:

  • Cassette Removal and Replacement
  • Freewheel Removal and Replacement
  • Chainring Removal and Replacement
  • Front and Rear Sprocket Inspection
  • Wheel Truing

This session starts to deal with more advanced topics.  Intended for the person who likes to perform repairs on his or her own bike rather than concerned with just basic maintenance to keep the bike running.  You will learn how to identify when it is time to replace your cassette or freewheel as well as your front chainrings.  Skills will also be learned for removal/replacement of these important components.  At least half of the class will be spent on wheel truing.  This is a hands-on class.  You will spend most of your time learning hands-on from our professional staff.  During the class you will have plenty of time to ask questions, and your work will be checked by a professional mechanic.  Not only will you learn how to make adjustments to your own bike, you will develop an understanding of how these components function and work.  All tools will be supplied by Bicycles East.

Prerequisite:

  • There is no prerequisite for this class.

The course fee for the class is $45.  Enrollment is on a first-come basis and is limited to 6 people.  To enroll, please call us at 659-0114 or email info@BicyclesEast.com 

Session 4:

Scheduled Date Thursday December 8, 2016, 6:00-8:30

Topics for the night:

  • Bottom Bracket Removal/Replacement--Cartridge Type
  • Wheel Hub Overhaul and adjustment--Non Cartridge Bearing as well as Cartridge
  • Headset Overhaul and adjustment--Thread-less as well as Threaded Headsets

These are advance topics.  Students should have basic knowledge of bicycle repair before taking this class.  It assumed that anyone who takes this class plans on doing detailed repairs/maintenance on their own bicycle.  As in our other sessions, the focus will be on your current bike.  Only functioning usable bicycles will be allowed in class.  The class in not intended for repairing broken or damaged bicycles.   This is a hands-on class.  You will spend most of your time learning hands-on from our professional staff.  During the class you will have plenty of time to ask questions, and your work will be checked by a professional mechanic.  Not only will you learn how to make adjustments to your own bike, you will develop an understanding of how these components function and work.  All tools will be supplied by Bicycles East.

Prerequisite:

  • A knowledge of basic bicycle repair.  Although previous sessions are not required, sessions 1 through 3 are excellent prerequisites for this course.

The course fee for the class is $55.  Enrollment is on a first-come basis and is limited to 6 people.  To enroll, please call us at 659-0114 or email info@BicyclesEast.com 

 

 

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