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Comprehensive 8-week course teaches you how to diagnose, prevent, and fix/tune-up a majority of the basic issues you might
have with your bicycle. 

CLASSES START 1/11/23 (WEDNESDAY) 

Overview

  • 8-week course costs only $175 | One class per week for 6 weeks
  • Expert instruction from Trek and Shimano certified mechanic Josh Gerard
  • 6 p - 7:30 p class every Wednesday for 8 weeks
  • Small class size
  • 10% discounts on tools, parts and accessories during the class
  • All classes held at 2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor - 33 Sherman Avenue W, Fort Atkinson WI

What To Bring

  • A quality brand bicycle
    • Bikes found on the curb, off brand big box store bikes, etc. aren't the best candidates for this class. The scope of work required for these type of bikes can be greater than the time available each night. 
  • A disc brake equipped bicycle is recommended but not required. Disc brake service is a big part of the curriculum.
  • Tools listed below (see section at bottom of page) are recommended but not required. Use discount code MAINT2223 at checkout for a 10% discount.
  • Something to take notes on.
  • Snacks and hydration so you stay alert and energized!

Curriculum 

DATESFOCUS AREASDETAILS
1/11/23 (Wednesday)
Beginner's Class - Systems Check
Identify the different parts of a bike
Pre ride safety check (tire pressure, any rubbing / noises, wear and tear parts like pads and chain)
Clean and Lube a chain
Light brake adjustment
Light derailleur adjustment
1/18/23 (Wednesday)
Roadside Repairs - Brakes and Tires

Types of tires (tubeless, tubes, tubular)
Inner tube replacement
Tire tear “hacks” (tape, dollar bill, tie a tube, carry 27.5 tube mountain biking)
Adjusting brake rub
1/25/23 (Wednesday)
Brakes
Adjusting brakes
Disc brakes vs rim brakes (advantages/disadvantages)
Brake housing vs shift housing
Replace Rear brake cable

2/1/23 (Wednesday)
Derailleurs
Rear derailleur tension adjust
Rear derailleur limit screw/b tension adjust
Front derailleur tension adjust
Front derailleur limit screws
Chain care
2/8/23 (Wednesday)
Headsets / Bottom Brackets
Testing for play (bb/headset)
Threaded versus threadless headsets
Replacing bearings
Crown race removal and replacement (Demo only)
Types of Bottom bracket
remove/install pedals, cranks, and bottom bracket on bike

2/15/23 (Wednesday)
Wheel basics
Wheel types (26, 27.5, 29, 700c)
Rim width / tire width combinations
Testing for play (hubs)
Removing cassette / brake rotor
Basics of wheel truing (on bike/ off bike)
2/22/23 or TBD
Instructor will clarify
Open hoursUse this time to take learnings from the first 6 weeks and continue work on your own bike, ask questions, etc. 
3/1/23 or TBD
Instructor will clarify
Open hoursUse this time to take learnings from the first 6 weeks and continue work on your own bike, ask questions, etc.

Recommended Tools

Park Tool AWS-1 3-Way Hex Wrench - 4mm/5mm/6mm
$13.99
Park Tool introduced the bicycle world to the 3-way hex wrench set over 30 ...
Park Tool AWS-3 3-Way Hex Wrench - 2mm/2.5mm/3mm
$12.99
Park Tool introduced the bicycle world to the 3-way hex wrench set over 30 ...
Park Tool Tire Lever Set (Set of 2)
$4.95
• Updated with a new material and new design • Features a wide flat tip fo...
Park Tool Shop Scissors
$13.95
Park Tool's Shop Scissors are shop quality with sturdy, stainless steel bla...
Park Tool Professional Cable And Housing Cutter
$43.95
Park’s Professional Cable And Housing Cutter is specifically for use on der...
Park Tool Cassette Lockring Tool with 5mm Guide Pin
$9.95
Heat treated alloy tool steel, one inch base fits wrench or bench vise. Thi...
Park Tool Chain Checker
$30.99
To prevent poor shifting and uneven drivetrain wear, most manufacturers rec...