The ” I really want to know more and fix my own bike ” Session.
A more complete cycle maintenance course centered on your bike.
From the basics to an overview of the deeper workings of the bike; the aim is to save you money on repairs and to demonstrate just how empowering and enjoyable cycle mechanics can be. If you do need to go to a bike shop for help, knowing exactly what you need to ask for is very confidence inspiring too.
Spaces are limited to eight students in a relaxed and supportive environment. New cables, tubes and brake blocks are usually available in the workshop at a small charge. We may be able to supply used parts should you need them. Feel free to bring spares along if you have them ready to fit.
Saturdays 10am to 4pm – please complete the simple contact form below requesting a date or buy someone you love a surprise present for one of our 2017 courses now booking
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Complete the form below with your preferred date.
The cost is ONLY £60 – Think of it as your first DIY bike service BUT with the hassle and uncertainty taken away – it comes with full support from Adam our CYTECH qualified mechanic, FREE use of all tools, FREE advice and FREE oily hands! You will save money this time and every time you service your bike thereafter!
There is half hour break lunch so bring your packed lunch and enjoy the lovely view of Exeter Canal basin from the deckchairs in our yard. (Weather permitting!)
There is a £10 deposit to secure your place on the date you choose. You can pay this by popping in here, or by paypal or phone up and pay by card on 07544 314749. You can pay the balance for the Maintenance Course by bringing cash or by credit/ debit card on the day.
· Complete personalised bike check over – fault finding & gauging wear on chains, rims, brakes, cogs, bearings, bottom bracket, headset, forks, and so on.
· Top Tips on replacing tires, tubes and mending punctures.
· Easy ways for cleaning drive train and fixing a broken chain.
· Fitting new brake blocks and new cables and setting up safely.
· Gear cable fitting and indexing gears the easy way.
· Overview of hub bearing servicing and wheel truing.
At the end of this course you will have been taken through most of the skills required to keep a bike on the road year in, year out, and in turn save yourself a lot of money especially if you are a regular social cyclist or use your bike for commuting.
Once you have completed a day course, we’d love you to come back and use our facilities at our “Bike D.I.Y night” where you have your own stand, tools to use and the on-hand advice of our friendly mechanics all for a small donation to our charity; Or come and volunteer with us and join our Ride On Family.
As we have so many possible openings in our premises, being a volunter, your help would be valued greatly.
We are Celebrating ANOTHER successful all day Bike Maintenance Workshop, Adam our star tutor, ace mechanic and all round nice bloke received this email from one of our happy Exeter cyclists
Hi My name is Cath,
I’m a health aware acupuncturist who regularly extols the virtues of exercise. I know it helps various health problems from high blood pressure to arthritis; however, I loathe exercising for exercise sake! To motivate myself to go for a run or join a gym is almost impossible. I need to be sneaky with myself and do things that are fun or useful but also benefit my health. Cycling fits the bill perfectly and I have been nipping around town feeling very ‘green’ whilst also staying a bit fitter.
I decided I wanted to know how to maintain my trusty ‘steed’ before heading further afield and was recommended a charity called Ride On. I enrolled on their bike maintenance course and pedalled down to the quay last Saturday and got stuck in.
Adam, our qualified mechanic for the day, was a patient teacher and before long we had the back wheel off our bikes, whipping the tyres off to fix imaginary punctures. It was great to be working on my own bike with the support of an experienced mechanic by my side. The most basic of questions were answered without a snigger and by the end of the day I could adjust gears and brakes (amongst other things) and felt very confident with an oily rag.
I would thoroughly recommend the course. Oh! and by the way the charity has a great selection of second hand bikes for sale to get even the most cash-strapped cyclists off on two wheels.
Important: Whilst we cover a wide range of bicycle types, we do not cover the following chain-set replacement, bottom bracket replacement, headset replacement or some high end components such as suspension forks, disk brakes, cartridge wheel bearings. If you need to know about these components we may be able to custom-build a course, please have a chat with us.
We are a Registered Charity No.1149065