Classes

dscn2603We offer 8 hours of mechanic courses that will train you to perform the most common repairs and adjustments to all systems on most bicycles, using the Park Tools curriculum for Basic Bicycle Mechanic.

Additionally, we offer scheduled customized classes for private groups of 6 to 14 people, which can be a great way to have some fun with your friends while learning how to have more fun with your bikes! We can cover any topics you wish.

You do not have to bring a bicycle or any tools. If you do wish to bring your own bike, there is time after each class to work on your own bike.

Our classes are a great way to jump start your participation as a volunteer mechanic in our shop helping others fix their bikes. If you practice all the skills taught in our course, you will be qualified to work in most bike shops. The best way to reinforce your new mechanic skills is to volunteer in our shop! You can help customers with their repairs during our DIY repair evening hours, or work on our inventory bikes to practice a skill you want to target. We’ll pair you with a more experienced mechanic so you can safely practice what you’ve learned.

This page is updated with our latest schedule below. Email us at training@newarkbikeproject.org with “Mechanic Class Sign Up” in the subject line to sign up or with questions, and be sure to include your name and in which class(es) you’re interested (1, 2, 3, 4).

BIKE MECHANICS CLASSES

Join us for our next round of mechanics training. Whether you’re brand-new to caring for your bike or just want to improve your skills, we can help you learn! The November 2016 classes are on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $10 per class.

  • April 4 — Class 1: Bicycle basics, safety and how to fix a flat
  • April 11 — Class 2: Wheels, brakes and cabling
    (no class week of April 18)
  • April 25 — Class 3: Drivetrain (gears, chains, shifters)
  • May 2 — Class 4: Bearings and cranks (cranksets, bottom brackets, headsets, hubs)

Class 1: Bicycle basics (Maintenance, safety, flat tires) – 2 hrs 

Learn about types of bikes, tools, and more bike terminology than you care to know! You’ll learn hands-on how to properly remove and replace a wheel and repair a flat tire. This class will demystify the world of bicycle tire sizes. Understand the elements of bike fit and how to size and adjust a bike to suit the rider. We’ll also cover preventive maintenance and safety items that any bike owner should know to get maximum life, smooth performance, and safe use from their bike.

  • Tools and bike terminology
  • Bike anatomy
  • Tires, tubes, fixing flats, pedals
  • Adjustments to handlebars, stems, seats
  • General maintenance and safety tips

This class is for all experience levels and prepares you for any of the classes below.

Class 2: Wheels, Brakes & Cabling – 2 hrs

Dive into adjusting several of the most common types of brakes, including side pull, center pull, cantilever, and linear-pull brakes. Learn to fix weak braking, brakes that rub and slow you down, and how to fix that embarrassing brake squeal.  Note: coaster brakes and disc brakes are not covered.  We’ll also cover simple lateral truing of a wheel to afford smoother braking. You’ll even un-stick, clean, grease, and replace cables, the most common source of braking problems.

  • lateral wheel truing, particularly for smooth braking
  • adjusting brakes and replacing brake pads
  • adjusting various types of brakes
  • cable maintenance and replacement

Class 3: Drivetrains (chains, gears, derailleurs, shifters) – 2 hrs

Learn how to adjust your derailleur equipped multi-speed bicycle for smooth and reliable shifting. Understand how to fix clicking, mis-shifts, skipping, and other chain-related issues on both the front and rear derailleurs. You’ll remove and replace a chain, too. We will also briefly cover adjustments to internally geared hubs, such as 3-speeds.  Note: If you want to fully master the mechanics of shifting, we suggest you take Class 2 before this one, so that you’ll learn about cabling.

  • front & rear derailleur adjustments
  • shifter adjustments, compatibility, and installation
  • chain removal, cleaning, sizing, and replacement

 Class 4: Bearings & Cranks (cranksets, bottom brackets, headsets, hubs) – 2 hrs

You’ll really get your hands greasy in this workshop that delves into the inner parts of a bicycle. Overhaul a wheel hub, cleaning and repacking ball bearings for smooth and efficient operation. You’ll do the same for the headset (steering) and bottom bracket (where the cranks are connected through the frame). We’ll also take apart, clean, and re-install the most common types of cranksets. Lots of grease is involved, but don’t worry… we top it off with complete instructions on how to properly wash up with mechanic’s soap! Note: If you have a modern, well maintained bicycle, your bike is unlikely to need these repairs. This class is intended primarily for mechanics working on older and neglected bikes that we often see in a community shop environment, as well as riders who want

  • overhauling and adjusting wheel hubs
  • overhauling and adjusting headsets
  • overhauling and adjusting bottom brackets
  • removing and replacing cranksets 

We will also have the textbook, Park Tool’s “Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair”, on sale for $20 during all classes for registered students. The class syllabus is indexed against the page numbers in this book, so it makes a great reference to everything you’ll learn and much more. You are also free to takes notes and photos as we go. The four classes are designed to go together, but you can sign up for them individually. Class size is limited to 10 students, so reserve your space today!