Course Descriptions // Or skip to Upcoming Dates
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 6 participants.
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). 1 or 2 tutors depending on the number of trainees (maximum of 6).
Upcoming course dates
16 hour Advanced Bicycle Maintenance courses:
Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May 10am – 6pm – booking available via Brown Paper Tickets
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.
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. You will have the option of working towards a Cycling UK (CTC) accreditation 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. If you don’t have a bike then we may be able to provide you with one at low cost that you can keep at the end of the course please get in touch for more info.
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.
The minimum cost price of this course is £125 for 2 days with qualified instructors (CTC Tutor, City & Guilds Level 2 Mechanic). However we are asking that if you are able to contribute more than £125 it would be greatly appreciated and would enable us to offer this course to a wider range of people through our bursary scheme. We ask for anything up to £200 to help towards subsidising places. This year, four people have completed the course thanks to the generous donations from 12 previous participants.
If you would like to apply for a subsidised place, please complete this form: Leeds Bike Mill Bursary Application Form.
If you wish to gain Cycling UK (CTC) accreditation in Advanced Cycle Maintenance, there will be a further £20 charge that covers Cycling UK’s administration costs for issuing certificate.
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 is wheelchair accessible but the toilet is up one flight of stairs. There is some limited free car parking outside the workshop.
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
Please note that this course does not cover suspension maintenance, hydraulic servicing, headset pressing, or frame / thread facing or cutting.