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Bike maintenance courses

The bike maintenance course helps you understand simple bike design and set up and basic safety checks.

You will learn how to:

  • locate and repair a puncture
  • fix a broken chain
  • measure and fit a chain
  • remove and refit wheels
  • adjust brakes and gears
  • fix broken spokes (if time allows).

The course also includes an introduction to:

  • correct brake set up, pads and levers
  • set up and working of indexed gear systems.

These practical courses are ideal for people who want to know how to perform basic bike care and simple repairs.

Course times

The sessions run from 7pm to 9pm at our Kings Park Cycle Centre.

Course dates

  • Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • Wednesday 6 October 2021

Cost

The course costs £15 per person, to be paid by a non-refundable bank transfer prior to the course. Tea and coffee on the night is also included. 

All ages from 10 upwards are welcome.

How to join

Please email your preferred course date(s) and the following details to our instructor Nigel Winter at nigelcwinter@btinternet.com:

  • preferred course date(s)
  • name
  • home address
  • landline
  • mobile
  • age (if 18 or under).

Once you have agreed a course date, your instructor will provide his bank details so you can make a bank transfer prior to confirming your booking. 

Once you have paid the course fee, please email Nigel to let him know that you have paid the fee.

Your instructor will then get back to you to confirm the date and time of your course. Payment will need to be made for the course before your place can be confirmed.

If there is an earlier course date that you would like that is fully booked, let your instructor know. These may become available closer to the time.

Testimonials

'I really enjoyed the bike maintenance course. Nigel was excellent; he is very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us lots of good tips and has given me more confidence to have a go at fixing my bike, even my gears! Thank you.'

'Just a note following the course Daniel and I attended last night. It was a really useful session, a good mix of talk and hands-on. Nigel is a great instructor, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he was happy to answer additional questions. He showed us how to inspect our bike frame and take off the wheels, how to change an inner tube, the M-check, cleaning the chain and adjusting brakes and gears. Nigel explained everything very well and he took the time to make sure we understood what he was showing us, what tools we might need and what to do with them.'

'Just wanted to email to thank you for providing a great learning course. I feel so much more confident.'

'Please can you pass on my thanks to Nigel. The course he ran was superb. Nigel is obviously a credit to the council, he was totally professional, friendly and passionate about his subject. Thanks to all in arranging this course.'

'The session last night was excellent. Nigel taught us so much. I can't believe how much I learnt in 2 hours. Thank you. I was the only female so you could say that's it's suitable for everyone.'

'I just wanted to say thank you. Last night's bike maintenance course was exactly what I needed and I know have a bit more confidence about sorting out any small problems I might have. Nigel Winter is an excellent instructor. Very patient and he doesn't make you feel a bit daft asking what might seem to be a bonkers questions. He was terrific. I had a puncture and thanks to Nigel I was able to replace the inner tube (I have a spare) during a 40 mile ride. It was a thin sliver of slate.'

'Just to say we both thoroughly enjoyed the course last Tuesday. Please pass on our thanks to Nigel, who was extremely knowledgeable, patient and very good at explaining everything he showed us. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants a basic understanding of bike maintenance.'