Bike Repair Workshop Series

In collaboration with UC Davis Cycling we are holding an introduction to bike repair workshop series. Beginning on October 3, 2018 there will be workshops alongside the Wednesday Open Shop. Workshops start at 6:10 pm.

Oct 3 – Intro to bikes and how to change a flat
Oct 17 – Brakes! How do they work?
Oct 24 – Shifting/What are all these gears for?
Nov 7 – What makes the wheels go round? (Hubs, bearings, and sprockets)
Nov 14 – TBD
Nov 28 – TBD

There is a $5 suggested donation or free for members of UC Davis Cycling, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

More information on individual workshops:

Intro to bikes, How to change a flat

Information section:

Introduction to the terminology of some common bicycle parts, talk about basic fit and function of bicycles and why they are great!

Mechanical skills:

Finish with a clinic on how to change a tube, along with common pitfalls, usual causes for flats, technique and tips for making this unfortunate part of cycling as painless as possible!

Brakes! How do they work?

Informational lesson:

A casual lesson on different braking systems for bicycles (cantilever, linear pull, side pull, center pull, disc, drum, coaster, etc) where you might these types of brakes.

Mechanical skills:

Finish with a clinic on how to adjust the more common types of braking systems (side pull caliper for road and linear pull for mountain) and some general tips and tricks to extend these adjustments to other types of braking systems.

Shifting/What are all these gears for?

Informational lesson:
A discussion on what gears are really doing when you bike and what is really happening when you change gears. There will be discussion on different types of shifting technologies (friction shifters, indexed shifters) and where you might find these types of systems on different bikes.

Mechanical skills:

Finish with a clinic on how to adjust shifting systems (cable tension adjustments) and common problems (limit screw adjustments, bent or mis adjusted components, etc.)

What makes the wheels go round?
(Hubs, bearings, and sprockets)

Informational lesson:

A conversation about bearing systems in general will be had. Topics will include, what bearings need to function, different types of bearings you might find on a bicycle (sealed, loose, caged). The areas of a bike where bearings are present.

Mechanical skills:

Finish with a clinic on how to adjust said bearings when it comes to the hubs of a bicycle. This will include how to access the bearings in the wheels including taking off the rear sprockets (Cassettes and freewheels) and the different types of challenges this might present.