We do a whole lot of cycle maintenance training. But it’s not all about spanners – some of our volunteers also run a monthly learn-to-ride session, which you can find out about at the bottom of the page.
Want to learn how to fix your own bike? Then you’ve come to the right place! We have several different options, depending on whether you just want to know how to fix a puncture, and right up to industry-recognised qualifications that could be your ticket to working in a bike shop:
Basic Bike Maintenance Class – First Saturday of the month at The Journey
This is a small group class, where we cover the basics. Working with small groups, we can make sure we focus on what you’re interested in – whether it’s how to fix a puncture, or adjust your brakes, or even just how to clean and lube your bike (you’d be amazed what a difference this can make to your ride).
The maximum class size is six, and the class runs from 11am – 3:30pm
Price: £35 per person / £15 for concessions – book and pay in advance via Eventbrite.
If you’re interested in booking a session for your staff, we can also run a private evening class for you. For groups of 4-8 people, the price is £25pp. To find out more, please pop into The Journey and talk to Sara, the shop’s manager.
Individual Bike Maintenance Training – by arrangement at our The Journey on Saturdays, 11am – 3:30pm
This is a more intense version of the basic training. Paired up 1:1 with a skilled mechanic, you can cover pretty much whatever you want. Typically, we work with people who want to get their bike ready for long rides or tours, and at the same time want to learn how to fix things when they break in the middle of nowhere.
There are two options for this training – either 1:1 (£100 for the day), or if you come with a friend, it’s £130 for a 1:2 day. To make an appointment, please pop into The Journey and talk to Sara, the shop’s manager.
We have a LOT of tools – everything you could possibly need to do any conceivable job on a bike. You can hire a workstand and tools to use at our workshops to fix your own bike up.
The price for this is just £5 per hour, or £15 per hour if you want the help of a mechanic to show you what to do. We don’t run a formal booking system for this – just call the Byker shop or The Journey to check how busy they are before popping down. If you haven’t called and just turn up, we may be able to fit you in, but can’t make any promises!
We’re a Velotech training centre, and can teach you workshop standard bike maintenance. Velotech Gold is recognised as the industry standard, and we deliver this training over four consecutive Fridays. The final day is a written exam (don’t panic – it’s multiple choice), plus a practical assessment.
By the end of the training, you’ll be able to strip a bike down to the bare frame and rebuild it, diagnose and repair faults, service hubs, bottom brackets and head sets, and true buckled wheels.
Dates for 2018 are:
- Course 1 – 23rd February, 2nd, 9th & 16th March 2018
- Course 2 – 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th June 2018
- Course 3 – 26th October, 2nd, 9th & 16th November 2018
The course costs £490 per person, including your own personal toolkit, the assessment and certificates. We do give discounts to third sector organisations and some individuals. If you’re a bike shop mechanic looking to get qualified, we’ll also give you a discount for the cost of that tool kit, as we assume you already have what you need! ;0)
The maximum class size is generally four, with availability on a first come, first served basis. You can reserve your place by paying a non-refundable deposit on this Eventbrite page (credit card / debit card / paypal / etc.).
If you’re unable to pay this way (for example, your corporate purchasing policy only allows payment of invoices), please get in touch with our Byker office, and we’ll issue you with a pro-forma invoice for the full course cost. Please note though, that until this invoice is paid, we’ll continue to offer the course places, so if someone else reserves and pays their deposit, you may be bumped to the next course.
One of the things that lots of parents struggle with is teaching their children to ride. It ends up becoming a big deal, with the children’s and parents’ anxiety feeding off each other. We can fix that for you – some of our volunteers are experts at getting children and adults alike onto two wheels, confident and (largely) wobble-free.
We run children’s learn-to-ride sessions on the LAST Saturday of the month at Byker. Because it can be icy in the winter, there is no class in December, January or February, and summer holidays mean there’s no class in August either. The class takes place at a school playground just around the corner from our Byker workshops, so it’s completely traffic free, and there’s lots of space for those early wobbles. We work with small groups, and the maximum learner to teacher ratio is 3:1.
This year we’re trying to sort out some new volunteers to teach these classes, and once this is sorted will update this page as well as adding a link to Eventbrite for the bookings! Watch this space for more details.