Leeds Bike Mill are happy to say we’ve received some new funding from Go:Cycling! As part of this, we will be running some training courses in bike maintenance throughout the year.

We have just finalised our dates for September,

We are running two different courses – a 4 hour course, and a 16 hour course over 2 days, both are free of charge. Our last batch of courses were fully booked with waiting lists so get your bookings in quickly!

The 4 hour course is an introduction to bike maintenance, please bring your bike and we will look at how to do an M-check (safety check), punctures, brakes, and gears.

The 16 hour course starts with the basics and develops into advanced bike mechanics, it is accredited by the CTC, and if you do not have a bike you may be able build one up from our stock during the course – get in touch for info. Please scroll down to view booking information and guideline course content.

Course dates for November 2015:

16hour course: Tuesdays 3rd & 10th November 9am-5pm

4hour course: Tuesday 24th Nov 5-9pm

Course dates for December 2015:

16hour course: Tuesday 1st & Friday 4th December 9am-5pm

4hour courses: Tuesday 8th Dec 5-9pm,

Course dates for January 2016

16hour course: Sat 30th & Sun 31st January 9am – 5pm

4hour courses: Tuesday 12th January 5-9pm,
Tuesday 26th January 5-9pm

Booking info:

Individuals: Whether you don’t know the first thing about fixing bicycles or you’ve done a fair bit, you’re welcome to attend any course. (min age 16years)

The 4hour courses, please go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/1349161 in order to book a place on a course – they are free to attend but you must pay a £5 deposit to reserve your place. We will return this £5 to you when you attend the course.

For 16 hour courses, please get in touch by emailing info@leedsbikemill.org or calling/texting 07729 895 510.

Organisations and groups: If you have a group of volunteers, members or users who  are interested in finding out more then please contact us to discuss options by emailing info@leedsbikemill.org or calling 07729 895 510. Ideally we would like 4-6 trainees to run a course. The longer training course can be offered in different formats: 4 sessions of 4-hour blocks, 2 sessions of 8-hour blocks. The shorter course can also be arranged for 2 x 2 hour sessions rather than 1 x 4 hour session.

Further info for the 16 hour course:

If you have your own bike you can do all the repairs on that so by the end you will have a fully serviced bicycle (service worth £90), or you can use one of our donated bikes to practise on. If you don’t have a bike then we may be able provide you with one to keep the bike at the end of the course – please  get in touch for more info.

Guideline Course Content for 16 hour:

  • Personal safety, tool and chemical handling
  • Tools, lubricants and aids
  • Degrease, clean and lubricate
  • Pre-ride equipment check
  • Righty tighty and how tight is tight? – the torque wrench
  • Brakes – cable adjustment & replacement, disc pad and v-brake block adjustment and replacement
  • Gears – indexing, cable adjustment & replacement, limit adjustment, lubrication, mech removal, replacement and positioning
  • Transmission – chain repair and replacement, chainset, pedal, chainring and bottom racket removal and replacement, cassette and free hub removal and replacement
  • Headset – a headset adjustment, strip, lube and refit
  • Wheels – punctures, tyre repair, trailside wheel truing, wheel hub servicing, disc removal and replacement
  • Emergency repairs – what to do when….
  • Lubrication – all items stripped and replaced through the course
  • Wear and tear – managing your bike and extending component life

Please note that this course does not cover suspension maintenance, hydraulic servicing, headset pressing, or frame / thread facing or cutting

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