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Comprehensive Repair: $175

The Comprehensive repair class comprises four hands-on sessions, each 1.5-2 hours long. Classes meet once a week for four weeks, and tools will be provided, but students should bring their own bicycle, as we feel using the bike you’re most likely to work on in the real world will give you the most benefit.

We’ll also have shop gloves and aprons available, but we recommend you wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and wear close-toed shoes.

After completing the class, you should have a pretty good understanding of the basic workings of your bike, how to make minor (and maybe some major) repairs and adjustments, and know what tools you’ll need to maintain your own bike. On completion, you’ll also get a coupon for 15% off tools and accessories good for one month after you finish the class.

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Class sessions are:

Session 1: Overview and flat fix

Learn about the parts of the bike and how they work. The instructor will provide and overview of bicycle terminology and talk about the different styles of brakes, shifters and derailleurs.

Students will then learn to remove both the front and rear wheel of their bike, and remove and replace punctured inner tubes.

Session 2: Brakes

Instructors will discuss more detail on the different styles of brakes, and how they work, and demonstrate how to inspect them for wear and safety issues. Students will then practice adjusting their own brakes and tuning them for the best possible performance.

Session 3: Shifting

Instructors will talk about the differences between friction and index shifting, drivetrain speeds and shifter types. Students will practice adjusting their own shifting systems. Students may remove and clean their chains if time allows

Session 4: Bearings, Cleaning and Wrap Up

Instructors will demonstrate how to lubricate and adjust the bearings in headsets, hubs and bottom brackets (or how to check for wear on sealed cartridge bearings if applicable). Students will clean any drivetrain or brake surfaces that need attention. Instructors will discuss what tools you may or may not need to build up your home mechanic’s or roadside repair toolbox.

Wheel Building:

Email us at revolutioncycles.madison@gmail.com to schedule a time to learn how to rebuild your wheel(s)!