Easy Maintenance - FREE courses and advice
Once you've got a bike it's good to get some know-how about taking care of it.
It will be cheaper than taking it to the bike shop every time you get a puncture and it will certainly make your bike last longer.
A little bit of knowledge will go a long way and all it takes is a few minutes before and after every ride to carry out a few simple checks.
We’ve included advice about what to do below, but we’re sure you’ll agree there’s nothing like actually learning on the job.
Our Cycle Maintenance starter course gives you the knowledge to keep your bike on the road and make sure it’s safe to ride. The course is hands-on so you get the chance to work on a real cycle – it’s best if you bring your own but let us know if you’d like us to provide one. The course lasts around two hours and our qualified instructor will cover;
We’ll provide all the tools you need for the course. Bikes can be dirty so we suggest you wear old clothes.
These cycle maintenance courses are completely free and are for people aged 16 or over. Courses are arranged in small, friendly groups at venues across Greater Manchester. Our tutors are fully qualified and the sessions are arranged at a pace to suit the abilities of the group.
Find and Book Your Maintenance course here
If you can’t find a course near you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when we’ll next be in your area.
We’re now also offering Intermediate Level Bike Maintenance training. This course is aimed at community/workplace champions who have an interest in getting others into cycling.
The one day course will cover:
Find and Book Your Intermediate Maintenance course here
Every time you take your bike out, it's best to carry out a simple pre-ride check. A good way of doing this is the 'M' check which ensures you don't miss anything.
Start with the front hub and wheel, up to the handlebars, down to the bottom bracket, back up to the saddle and end at the back wheel - all the time looking out for potential trouble-spots in between.
Things to look out for:
Take a look at these sites for more informationhttp://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/check-your-bike-in-2-minutes http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/about/bicycle-maintenance-ebook/
It's a good idea to carry a basic toolkit with you when out on your bike. Don't worry the items needed are small and can be easily carried on the bike in a seat pack or similar.
At home you don’t need to worry about the portability of items so you might want to have a set of larger, more heavy duty items. Contents of your at home toolkit will very much depend on your type of bike (and fittings) as well as how much maintenance/repair work you intend to carry out yourself.
Remember if you're not sure take it your local bike shop for professional advice.
We're offering free bike maintenance training as part of our offer to bike friendly workplaces through the Cycle Commuter project click here to find out more.
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