Is It For Me?
This 1 day course is for anybody that owns a bike and wants to keep it safe to use and running smoothly when out and about.
There are no pre-requirements for this course – only that you come along with your bike on the day.
The course is suitable for anybody with a MTB, Touring bike, Road bike or Cyclo-cross bike.
This course does not qualify you to work on or maintain bikes – just look after your own.
This one day course is designed to give you the skills to clean, maintain and inspect your bike so that it works for you when you are out riding.
We will train in a relaxed atmosphere and on your own bike throughout. We will also have plenty of chances to discuss and share ideas and experiences.
Throughout the day we will ‘translate’ some of the language around biking.
We also hope to not only train and inspire you but to give you the confidence to tinker around with your own bike in the future.
You will be in a group of no more than 6 with one instructor. Meeting your instructor in the morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and knowledge so that the syllabus can be modified to suit people’s needs.
The level of the course enables you to be able to adjust, rather than assemble components on your bicycle.
There will be a chance to discuss any mechanical problems in addition to the above throughout the day. However, there might not be the chance to fix any issues outside of the outline above.
For some detail: (don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense at the moment – we will explain all on the day)
- Checking tyres, fixing a puncture and making sure the wheels are in correctly
- Headsets: Checking they are good to go, adjusting if necessary and sign posting what to do if more work is needed
- Brakes: Checking pads/blocks for wear. Identifying any other issues and checking for proper alignment.
- Gears: checking they work correctly including stop screws, gear wire tension, rear gear mechanism hanger alignment and chain removal.
- Tool Kit: what is needed for simple home mechanics
- Cleaning and Maintenance: how to wash your bike, what with and then how to lubricate it effectively
What Will I Need?
Glenmore Lodge has a well-equipped workshop with work stands and tools which you are able to access and use throughout the course.
It is almost essential that you bring your own bike on which to work. If you can’t then we should have a similar bike here for you to use. Call ahead to check though.
If you have any bike tools already then please bring these along. It is also useful to bring along any tools that you would take out biking with you. Neither of these are essential though. We will chat through what would be good to own on the day.
We can also sell you replacement cables, cable outers and ferrules so you can replace those on your bike if you wish. Expect to pay about £7.50 – £15 depending on what you use.
If you want to bring along your own replacement cables / cable outers and brake pads / blocks then please do so. Unfortunately we don’t carry spare brake blocks / pads for every bike so it is worth bringing your own replacements.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure about any of this – we will cover all these issues on the day and will give advice on any spares you may need to buy after the course.
We can also supply a workshop apron for you to wear whilst working on your bike.
Lunch, Tea, coffee and cake at the end of the day are all included in the cost of your course. Accommodation is not included.
Other meals and B&B accommodation can also be booked separately in advance if required. Please ring to ask for availability if intending to stay.