This introduction to bicycle mechanics is geared for 12-16 year old young adults. All participants must bring their own bicycle to work on in the class. • Each class is limited to four participants • Class is a two day course - December 27th & 28th - 1pm-2:30pm (A second class may be added if the first one becomes sold out) • Classes held at Wheelworks Too - 22 Church St., Belmont *Additional classes may be scheduled with sufficient interest • Students should wear clothes they can get dirty in • Aprons supplied • Gloves and tire levers given to each student! Class Objectives • Learn to clean & maintain your own bicycle. • Identify parts you need to inspect and replace when worn out. • Clean & maintain your gears & brakes using the correct tools, cleaners, and lubes. • Gather a list of basic tools for your toolkit. Day One - 90 Minutes How to wash the bicycle • The types of soaps, degreasers, and cleaning tools you will need. • Washing the bicycle frame, wheels, and drive-train, keeping your bicycle in tip top shape. Maintaining your drivetrain • Using the chain gauge to identify chain wear. • How to clean the chain, cogs, and chain rings. • Tools you will need to get the job done. • How to oil your chain and types of oil to use best suited to your ride. • Learn how to do simple derailleur adjustments. Day Two - 90 Minutes Maintaining your brakes • Inspecting the pads and rim surfaces or rotors for wear. • How to clean the pads, rims, or rotors and the cleaners you will need to make sure your brakes work correctly. • How to do quick adjustments to increase stopping power. Fixing a flat so you won’t get stranded on the trail • Removing the front and rear wheels and how to get them back in the bicycle so the gears and brakes work correctly. • Removing the tire, finding the hole in the tire and tube, and replacing the tube/reinstalling the tire. • Tools you will need to get the job done. • Find where the tire size, inflation pressure, type of tube, and any directional arrows located on your tires & how to inflate your tires. • Things to look for when tires are beginning to wear out.
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