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Courses

Mike’s Bikes and Beans is now offering introductory courses on bicycle repair. The first course of the new year runs February 24th and 25th, call 587.523.MIKE (6453) or email info@mikelovesbikes.com for information on how to book a spot.

 

BIKE MECHANIC SKILLS 101

If you’ve always had a passion for bikes and are interested in working as a bike mechanic, or if you simply want to strengthen the mechanic skills you already possess, this fun and informative course is worth checking out! Bike Mechanic Skills 101 is a hands-on 6 hour course split over two days that covers the fundamental knowledge and abilities that a 1st year mechanic needs in order to be successful in the industry:

1. Shop Safety

2. Intro to bicycle mechanic tools

  • Matching the right tool with the right job

 

3. Changing tires

  • Tire change fundamentals; presta vs shrader
  • Proper valve angle alignment and installing the tire on the rim, directionally and in relation to the valve
  • Diagnosing common causes of flat tires

 

4. Wheels

  • Theory and practice laterally and radially truing a wheel
  • Diagnosing when a wheel is no longer serviceable
  • Adjusting spoke tension and dish
  • Adjusting the preload on front and rear hub bearings, intro to repacking hubs.
  • Quick release fundamentals

 

5. Bottom Brackets

  • Types; diagnosis and replacement

 

6. Drivetrain

  • Types and widths of chain
  • Intro to cassettes and freewheels
  • Removing crank arms
  • Derailleur types and proper alignment
  • Diagnosing when a drivetrain component is no longer serviceable
  • Common shifting issues
  • Replacing cables and housing
  • Fundamentals of limit screws and barrel adjusters
  • Derailleur hanger alignment

 

7. Brakes

  • Intro to replacing pads for disc, caliper, cantilever and v-brakes
  • Replacing cables and housing
  • Common braking issues
  • Adjusting toe-in
  • Bleeding hydraulic brakes

 

8. Headsets

  • Types, diagnosis and installation
  • Adjusting preload on threaded and threadless headsets

 

9. Miscellaneous

  • Seat height and angle adjustment
  • Handlebar and brake lever angle alignment
  • Matching geometry with different styles of riding
  • Teaching customers about basic maintenance
  • Installing accessories
  • Intro to wrapping bartape
  • Intro to hydraulic suspension

 

Call, email or tweet the shop for more details!

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