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Bike Maintenance For Serious Cyclists, Assington Mill, 13th November 2016

Author: Anne Holden, Assington Mill Published: 9th November 2016 09:38

 Assington Mill

Bike Maintenance For Serious Cyclists, Assington Mill, 13th November 2016

This is a more advanced one-day course on bike maintenance for those who do a lot of cycling, and who are keen to learn the finer points.  The aim is to give you the knowledge and confidence to successfully diagnose and repair faults so that you can get the most out of your bike.   Could be of use to triathletes.


  • introduction on bike types, tools,equipment and terminology
  •  general safety inspection of the bike
  •  tyre replacement
  •  tyre pressure
  • brake adjustment, pad & cable renewal
  • gear adjustment & cable renewal
  • pedal types, removal and attachment, shoes
  •  bearing adjustment (wheel & headset)
  •  chain stretch, wear, replacement along with rings and sprockets
  •  bike fit / positioning
  • wheel truing

Comments from past participants:

Exceeded all expectations.

Such knowledge and confidence.  Friendly easy presentation.  Felt comfortable asking stupid questions.  Delicious food.

Excellent teaching.  Perhaps trying to divide himself between too many people.

Packed a lot in very successfully.

Good level of detail but impossible to cover everything in one day.  Lots of neat tips and tricks.

Very ambitious content.  Difficult to cover with varied group needs.  Worked for me well. Breige

I wonder if Graeme could split the course into two days:  1. What you need to know to keep your bike on the road what to do when out on the road – punctures, quick fixes, basic maintenance and cleaning and what to look out for.  In other owrds for people who will go to the bike shop for most things.  2.  What you need to know when in your garage at home – proper maintenance [see 2016 courses].

Could have skipped puncture tutorial in order to spend more time on more complex areas [see next year].

What to Bring

A bike - an old one is better than a new one
Allen keys
A work stand if you have one - worth borrowing if not
Overalls/old clothes
Strong shoes (there is no tarmac on the farm)





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