Our hands on bike maintenance workshop the other week was a big success. Thirty four people filled the Guildford Primary School gymnasium to hear from cycling enthusiast Mike Norman on keeping your bike in good shape.
Mike covered the ABCD of bike maintenance, 90% of which you can do at home with only a few simple tools. Here’s a few things I picked up.
‘A’ stands for Air: Check your tyre pressure (it’s written on the side of the tyre). Make sure you have a set of tyre levers, a spare and a hand pump if you’re planning on riding a long way from home! Watch out for the introduced weed, Calthrop, the spines of which can cause punctures.
‘B’ stands for Brakes: Check both your brakes are working and ‘pinching’ together. You’ll need a set of allen keys to adjust the tension.
‘C’ stands for Chain: The most moving parts on the bike are in the chain. Make sure it’s clean, and it will save you a lot of work! Use an old paint brush or toothbrush to remove sand and crud from your chain. Pinch off built up stuff on your gears, including jockey wheels (the little ones that guide the chain). Then run the chain through a rag with a little degreaser (don’t spill onto your wheel bearings). Dry and remove excess from chain and apply bike chain lubricant. Wipe off excess.
‘D’ stands for D-lock: Make sure you have a good lock on your bike.
For those with smart phones, there are several apps which take you through all these things and more. Check out Bike Doctor or Bicycle Maintenance 101
Join us for a hands on, fully coached bicycle maintenance workshop.
Learn how to service your own bike, including:
- Intro – you can do 90% of bike maintenance yourself!
- “ABCD” bike check – what to look out for to ensure your bike is roadworthy and operates efficiently
- Basic bike fit adjustments – seat hight, seat fore/ aft etc
- Cleaning and lubing chain, edge of jockey wheels etc.
- Dropped chain – how to fix it
- Taking wheels on and off – correct use of the quick release lever
- Taking off a tyre and changing a tube easily.
- Plus many more….. even for experienced cyclists
When: Sunday 25th of November
Where: Guildford Primary School courtyard
Time: 2-5 pm
Cost: $30 per person (bike services usually cost $50 or more)
Note, kids under 16 can attend with an adult for free, with their own bike included, as long as they are supervised and work together with the adult.
What you need to bring: Your bike! and old clothes
The workshop will be run by Mike Norman, professional cycle coach from the Secret Cycling Business. He will demonstrate each step and then participants get to work on their own bikes with assistance.
Afternoon tea provided.
Places strictly limited to 30 adults with bikes. RSVP and pre-pay essential via http://ttgbike.eventbrite.com.au/
Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Peter on 0438 940 386