Intensive Course

A complete cycle maintenance course over two Saturdays, tailored around your bike. The first day covers the most common repairs whilst the second gets more involved with the deeper workings of the bike. You can book either day or just one day if you prefer. No prior experience is needed – just the desire to get hands-on and skilled up. The aim is to save you money on future repairs and to demonstrate just how empowering and enjoyable cycle mechanics can be with a few tools and the right knowledge.

Our courses have two tutors and spaces are limited to just six students. That way we aim to create a relaxed and supportive environment, where you’ll get all the help you need. New cables and brake blocks are included in the price of the course. We also stock new and used parts should you need them.

Once you’ve completed a day course, we’d love you to come back and use our facilities at either our weekly Bike Kitchen or Women’s Night. Or even to volunteer with us and further improve your skills.

Day Courses run from 10am to 4pm(ish) with a 30 minute lunch break. Tea and Coffee are provided.

Free parking is available in the Hamilton House car park off City Road.

The course costs £60.00 per day. We also offer an unwaged rate of £35.00, (if you use your bike as sole transport and are not able to afford the full price).

If you’d like to buy the course as a gift, just select “Voucher” from the drop down menu. We will then post out a voucher to you to pass on. The recipient can arrange a suitable date with us.

For more information, email Mike Lowe

Important: Whilst we cover a wide range of bicycle types, we do not cover the following; suspension forks, bleeding hydraulic brakes, cartridge wheel bearings hub gears, replacing push fit bottom brackets.  If you have any queries about this, please let me know.

Also: Doing the course is sure to make your bike run smoother. However, if your bike needs lots of work, you’ll need to be realistic about what can be achieved in the limited time available on the day. You can always bring it back to the Bike Kitchen.

Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course: Day 1 £60

Day 1 starts off looking for trouble, finding faults before they become expensive repairs. We then go on to tackle brakes and gears, giving them a complete overhaul with new cables and brake blocks. Then getting them set up to work perfectly. Then we fix a broken chain. The last job is mending punctures.

– Complete bike checkover. Fault finding and gauging wear on chains, rims etc.
– Brakes: fitting new blocks and new cables. Setting up for optimum performance.
– Adjusting disk brakes and fitting pads (if requested)
– Gears: straightening the mech hanger. Setting limit screws. Calibrating for perfect shifting.
– Fixing a broken chain by the roadside, using a multitool.
– Replacing tires and tubes
 and mending punctures.

Book Your Place on Day 1:

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Phone Number

Or call the Bristol Bike Project on 0117 942 1794 to book over the telephone.

Note: Once booked, if you wish to cancel or rearrange your course date, you must tell us at least 5 days beforehand. Otherwise we cannot refund or rearrange your course.

Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course: Day Two £60

Day 2 gets greasy. We’ll go through all the bearings, stripping them down for a thorough service, adding years to the life of your bike. Then we tackle the drive chain. If yours is worn, now’s the time to bring in a replacement and fit it yourself. We can offer advice on what to buy, plus we have many parts in stock. We then go on to look at truing wheels and replacing a broken spoke.

– Hub bearing service (open type, not cartridge bearings found on high end modern hubs)
– Servicing and fitting headsets
– Complete drive chain removal and refitting, (removing cassette and cranks, all types)
– Bottom Bracket service or replacement (cup and cone, cartridge and Hollowtec II, Not press fit).

– Replace a broken spoke
– Introduction to wheel truing

Book Your Place on Day 2:

Select Date
Phone Number

Or call the Bristol Bike Project on 0117 942 1794 to book over the telephone.

Note: Once booked, if you wish to cancel or rearrange your course date, you must tell us at least 5 days beforehand. Oherwise we cannot refund or rearrange your course.

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by Ash on The Bristol Bike Project

I saw that the BBP were running a maintenance course on social media and I came from London for the day to do it.

It was taught with such care and attention that I feel profit-driven bike workshop classes don't provide.

Afterwards I feel empowered and very positive. My brake started to rub and I immediately knew what to do. I have had lots of joy tinkering and ensuring my friends and peers bikes are in safe condition too and spreading the knowledge.

The day started on time with a cup of tea and then we were straight into checking our bike and learning about the components. We covered a lot of ground and I took a lot of notes, but the teaching method allowed the concepts to also become grounded in my memory quite firmly.

My favourite part of the day was seeing just how important a community and part of the wider community the BBP is.

I suffered a puncture on my way across Bristol afterwards and found that I could change my tyre in record time.

Thanks BBP, Shona and Tim!

by Guy on The Bristol Bike Project
Day 1 Intensive Maintenance - a must

This course is a must for anyone who does more than just potter around on a bike.

The description of the course is very accurate - we covered each of the topics mentioned in a very practical way. For each topic, first we were given a demonstration and then we got to try what we had learned on our own bikes.

The course is in the workshop half of where the Bristol Bike Project is (the other half is the shop). The set up of the workshop is well designed for the course - a central table with drawers containing all you needed to work on your bike (and the tools were good), and then a demonstration bike set up to the side. Lockers next door for your stuff, and a picnic table outside where you can have lunch.

The thing that made it really enjoyable were the people - both the participants (we were a very mixed age group with a good gender balance) and the tutors: Tim and Shona were really special - very clear explanations which were easy to follow. The incredible thing is how much more sense bike makes because of the way they described the principles of how a bike is set up.

I think the Bristol Bike Project is a very special place and I am very glad I went there. Highly recommended.

by Arthur Webb on The Bristol Bike Project
Great 2nd day.

The second day, like the first, was both fun and informative. Hands on, you get to service some of the more challenging components of your own bike under guidance. It is well worth doing.

by Arthur Webb on The Bristol Bike Project

This is a review for day 1. I have been doing some volunteer work on a bike repair project for a while but I still learned a lot from the course and had a fun day.

by Leah on The Bristol Bike Project

Fantastic experience at the Day 2 course. Good group size, attentive instructors and a great deal of information and demonstration of servicing parts of your bike and what parts can be replaced as you’re doing this. I think it’s great value for money, as not only are you learning new skills, but servicing and replacing some parts of your bike too! Would highly recommend

by George on The Bristol Bike Project
Intensive Cycle Maintenance Course Day Two

Very good second day of the superb Cycle Maintenance course at Bristol Bike Project. Replacing bearings and greasing the hub should add years to my wheels. While the introduction to wheel truing was very interesting although quite difficult.

by Nik on The Bristol Bike Project
Power to the people

Had an extremely insightful experience at day 1 of the intensive maintenance course. With almost no prior experience of fiddling with bikes I now feel much more confident maintaining and fixing it. It's a bit like finally getting to know an acquaintance you always hang out with but never really figured out.

Mike shared very clearly and easily understandable from his fountain of cycling wisdom, Julien was ever present like some sort of bike fairy helping out whenever I was failing to replicate what was shown to me 2 minutes ago.

One aspect proved to me that the BBP, also through this course, is the epitome of empowerment. The instructors were patient to answer every question any of the six participants might have, which led to us running over the allocated time but still getting through all of the content. Crucially, when asked along the lines of "What is the best way to do x" or "What is the best kind of part for y", Mike would consistently provide a summary of the different schools of thought behind each point of view on the matter, together with the respective reasoning, allowing us to decide between different ways of doing things based on our preferences and the provided information.

Thanks Mike and Julien, looking forward to day 2.

by Justin on The Bristol Bike Project
Brilliant Course and Cause

Course teaching excellent, gave a lot of confidence to tackle things I wouldn't otherwise. Great depth of knowledge from tutors. Good pace to the course and well equipped workshop. Good value, and good to know course and shops support great initiatives like Earn a Bike. Thanks BBP

by Graham Harrison on The Bristol Bike Project
Excellent one day course

An excellent course which covers basics before going into more technical aspects of the drive train. TIM and Shona were knowledgeable and couldn’t have been more helpful. Very useful and love the ethos; I feel better for being a small part of it. I do hope it stays in the beating heart of the city!

by Rhodri Anderson on The Bristol Bike Project
Good course that covered the right amount of ground

Very good first day. I will be booking onto day 2. The course gave a great overview of bike maintenance. The practical segments on brake and gear adjustment, chain fitting and cable fitting were the best parts and even more time spent on these would make the course even better. The student to instructor ratio was excellent. I left with a much improved confidence when it comes to playing with my bike + a toolbox of ideas that will help me make simple adjustments when things go wrong.

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