In this class, you'll choose one of our bikes, learn how to overhaul the different components in 6 class sessions, then take it home with you at the end! You'll leave with a fully overhauled, reliable bike. Scroll down to Core Classes to see the subjects covered.
All this for just $130 ($60 class + $70 bike†)
Please check the calendar for pre-enrollment and class dates.
The price of the bike includes $20 of consumable parts, such as cables, housing, brake pads, etc. If you want to learn bicycle mechanics and don't need a bike, you can take the class on one of Velocipede's bikes for $60.
† higher quality bikes may require a surcharge, bikes may need additional parts to be rideable
Velocipede's Core Class series provides affordable bicycle maintenance education so you can keep your bike running smoothly. Classes include an instructional portion, followed by hands-on practice on Velocipede's bikes. Class tuition is $12/class or $55/6 months of classes. Tires/Tubes is Free!
TIRES/TUBES: Be ready for the next flat! Learn how to install and remove tires, as well as patch tubes for re-use.
HEADSETS: In this class we will begin learning about the bearing systems by overhauling the headset, the bike's steering mechanism. Covers stem removal, headset overhaul, and proper adjustment.
HUBS: Keep your wheels spinning farther. Includes overhaul and proper adjustment of wheel hubs, as well as freewheel/cassette removal.
BOTTOM BRACKETS: This class covers bottom brackets, the bearings that allow the cranks to turn. Includes chain and crank removal, bottom bracket overhaul, and adjustment.
DRIVETRAINS: Don't put up with balky shifting! Learn to replace cables, housing, and adjust the derailers.
BRAKES: Learn to adjust the main safety component on the bike, brakes. Includes replacing cables, housing, pads, and brake adjustment.
Open Shop is available to anyone who needs some help with their bike, use of special bike tools, or just a place to work on a bike. For a $10 shop fee, volunteers will help you assess your bike and guide you in repair as needed. Used parts may also be purchased during this time. Open Shop is first come, first served.
Velocipede offers a Graduate status to those who have completed the Core series of classes. Graduates receive free access to Core classes, Open Night, and a 25% discount on parts and special classes. Graduate status must be renewed every 6 months.