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 courses@thebristolbikeproject.org

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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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
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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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All Good

Excellent couple of days. Learnt a lot - what I could do myself, what I could do if I had the tools and what I wouldn't want to do. If I do use a bike repair shop in the future I will have a better idea of what work is entailed and maybe what would be a reasonable charge. I have learnt what extra tools and things I should take on a ride. Spent a fortune on new bits for the bike but I know it is now serviced safe and ready to go.
Thanks for all your help.
Note to others.....Biscuits always well received. Even those not veggie.

by Kerry-anne on Blank Business Name
Maintenence day 1

Great course i learned alot in just day 1 , it will save me loads of money in the long run as now know how to check for wear and do some of my own maintenence! Definitly comong back for day 2

by Alistair Lammie on Blank Business Name
Maintenance Day 1

Have been on a bike maintenance session before elsewhere and learned nothing. This was just right - the right ratio of demonstrators to students, good space and gear, perfect tempo, lovely informal but serious-about-bikes atmosphere. Couldn't fault it.
Alistair

by Matt Smith on Blank Business Name
Maintainence Course day 1

What a great day! Tiring but only due to all the valuable information and the many chances to try what you have been taught.
Never boring... teaching was faultles... friendly atmosphere.
Honestly brilliant.
Mike and Julian - absolute gentlemen !

by Mark Hutton on Blank Business Name
Intensive Course Days 1&2

Fantastic courses!
Day 1 is a great introduction to basic maintenance requirements, how to carry out the 'M-Check' and very simple fixes using fairly minimal tools.
Day 2 is much more in-depth and my bike definitely felt better for a hub and bottom bracket service!
The staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and patient! They have made the elements of servicing and repairing my bike to not be intimidating and where I don't have the tools or confidence to tackle something myself, I do at least have the knowledge and understanding to talk to a mechanic about it.

by Saul Martin on Blank Business Name
Intensive Course Day 1

Great day of learning! Teachers were friendly and patient, and everything was explained in an easy to understand way. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn a bit more about their bike. Left me with a greater sense of confidence when it comes to fixing things in the future. Definitely booking on to Day 2 ASAP. Thanks!

by Andy Metcalfe on Blank Business Name
Intensive Course day 2

Another fantastic day of learning - mainly about just how many tools you need to service your bike! Lots of great advice given in a very friendly atmosphere - so glad I did the second day's training. I wish I lived closer and could take advantage of the Thursday night drop in workshop sessions and make use of all your specialist tools! You do a great job there - so best wishes for the future of the Bristol Bike Project.

by Dan bridgewater on Blank Business Name
Day 2 course

This course was brilliant in boosting my confidence and understanding of bike maintenance. Mike was a very informative and helpful instructor and took time to explain how to diagnose and remedy each issues effectively. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone looking to take their bike maintenance ability to the next level. Thanks guys!

by Sophie Hughes on Blank Business Name
Intensive course

We had a fantastic time on intensive day 1. Learnt so much, great pace, everything explained really well, lots of practical hands on and teachers really helpful and super friendly. Hoping there'll be some day 2 dates soon!

by Andy Metcalfe on Blank Business Name
Intensive Course Day 1

A great course run by two fantastic teachers. I thought that maybe I'd go straight on to the Day 2, but so glad I came to the Day 1 course first. For years I have been tinkering with my bikes with results that were achieved more by luck than judgement! I now understand the reasons and methods for doing the basics correctly. Can't wait to sign up to the Day 2 course!

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