Training

We do a whole lot of cycle maintenance training. 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.

Hire a Workstand – Saturdays at Byker, or any day at The Journey

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!

Velotech Training – Get Qualified

velotechWe’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.

Upcoming dates are:

  • 23rd & 30th November, 7th & 14th December
  • 11th, 18th, 25th January and 1st February

The course costs £490 per person, including the assessment and certificates. We do give discounts to third sector organisations.

The maximum class size is generally six, 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.