Course Descriptions // Upcoming Dates // gift vouchers // one-to-one & other bespoke courses
4 hour Intro to Bicycle Maintenance: useful for cyclists who want to understand their bikes a bit better, be able to do basic maintenance without going to a bike shop, it will cover adjusting your bike and general set up, m-check, useful basic tools and spares, cleaning and lubrication, adjusting brakes and replacing pads, replacing cables, indexing gears, and puncture repair. 1 tutor with a maximum of 4 participants. Price from £25
16 hour Advanced Bicycle Maintenance: useful for people with some understanding of bike maintenance, however we start with the basics so don’t worry if your only experience is repairing a puncture! It will cover all the above, and then go through a full service of a bicycle (full content below). 2 tutors over the duration of the course, with maximum of 4 trainees. Price from £135
Gears special course: A short course for those who want to really get to grips with the dark art of gear indexing, including full drivetrain set up, essential maintenance, and diagnosing & problem-solving issues. See below for dates.
Upcoming course dates
4 hour Intro to Bicycle Maintenance courses:
Saturday 15th February 2 – 6pm – sold out
3 hour Gears Special Bike Maintenance course:
Saturday 18th January 2.30 – 5.30 – sold out
16 hour Advanced Bicycle Maintenance course:
Our first two courses of 2020 are sold out. Please contact us if you’d like to be notified about future courses when they are available.
Course Gift Vouchers
Want to buy a place on a course as a present? Now you can order a Bike Mill course voucher, so the person you’re giving the gift to can choose what date they’d like to do the course – fill in this form to order a voucher.
One-to-one sessions costs £30 for 1.5 hours, giving you more contact time with the tutor and the opportunity to really tailor the course to your needs. These are only available in winter as we are busy in summer fixing bikes! But please contact us if you’d like to know when we start offering these again. In the meantime, check out Pedallers’ Arms for DIY bike fixing support.
Women & non-binary courses: We’ve had some interest in hosting courses for & led by female and non-binary people. We haven’t got any upcoming dates at the moment – if you are interested in hearing about any future courses, let us know!
Further information for the 16 hour course:
This 16 hour course will start with the basics and progresses into advanced bike mechanics; we will be completely servicing a bike over the 2 days (see curriculum breakdown below). You will have the option of receiving a Cycling UK (CTC) certificate of attendance in advanced cycle maintenance.
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 at least £90, and now the knowledge & skills to repeat this many times!), or you can use one of our bikes to practise on.
NB. If your bike is carbon or is worth a lot of money, for insurance reasons (and peace of mind), we may advise you to borrow one of our bikes to carry out the servicing on.
Sliding scale price: The minimum cost price of this course is £135 for 2 days with qualified instructors (Cycling UK Tutor, City & Guilds Level 2 Mechanic). We’ve set this price to be as accessible as possible while covering our basic costs. This is significantly cheaper than similar courses elsewhere (typically priced at £250), because we feel it’s important for our community to have access to cycle training and resources. In this spirit, we encourage you to pay more if you can afford to do so as it really helps us in our work towards making cycling affordable and accessible. Thank you!
If you are unwaged or on a low/precarious income and would like to apply for a free or cheaper place on our Advanced Cycle Maintenance course, please complete this form: Leeds Bike Mill Bursary Application Form. Your application will expire after 3 months so if you have not been offered a bursary within this time you are welcome to reapply.
Accreditation: If you wish to gain Cycling UK’s certificate of attendance in Advanced Cycle Maintenance, there will be a further £20 charge that covers Cycling UK’s administration costs.
T&Cs: We will confirm 7 days before the event that the course is going ahead, we reserve the right to cancel the event if there are not enough attendees – in this case you will be refunded or given a place on the next course.
If you are no longer able to attend, we regret that we can only refund your place if we or you are able to fill the place with someone else
Access: the workshop and toilet are up one flight of stairs. There is some limited free car parking outside the workshop and payable parking in nearby streets (parking is free on Sunday).
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, brake pad adjustment and replacement
- Gears – indexing, cable adjustment & replacement, limit adjustment, lubrication
- Transmission – chain repair and replacement, chainset, pedal, chainring and bottom bracket removal, service and replacement, cassette/freewheel removal and replacement
- Headset – A-headset/quill stem adjustment, strip, lube and refit
- Wheels – puncture repair, tyres, wheel truing, wheel hub servicing
- Emergency repairs – what to do when….
- Wear and tear – managing your bike and extending component life
What’s not covered? Please note that this course does not cover suspension maintenance, hydraulic servicing, headset pressing, or frame / thread facing or cutting. In addition, with the ever-increasing developments in bicycle design, there are certain components that this course does not cover as part of its standard curriculum. For example there are now many different types of bottom bracket and cranksets, however, this course covers square taper cranksets (with loose or cartridge bottom brackets) and Hollowtech II. If you want to check something specific before booking, please get in touch.