Bicycle maintenance classes

A key part of our business is teaching bicycle maintenance. We offer three classes and are experienced in training riders of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced urban commuters.  Each class provides a mixture of lecture and hands-on work and demonstration. We provide all tools and spare parts required. 

Registration Information

Enrolling in our classes is simple.

  1. Choose the method you wish to register with, either clicking the button below, or submit your application to us in the mail by downloading the PDF registration file and e-mail back with your attached completed registration. Make sure to include the required registration fee to hold your spot in class. If registering by mail, a check or money order for the registration fee amount must accompany your application. If registering electronically, we accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American Express as payment. Please note, the tuition and registration fee amounts are payable in U.S. funds only and payment in some form must accompany your application in order to be valid.

*Both the Basic Bicycle Maintenance and the Technician Training classes are taught in a “team learning” style where students work with a partner to increase comprehension of the curriculum.

*All classes are first come first serve. Pedal To The People must receive a signed enrollment agreement by mail or on-line with required registration fee(s) for a student’s enrollment to be valid and to hold a sign up spot.

*It is a good idea to call us before sending in your application to verify availability.

1. Basic Bicycle Maintenance (2.5 hrs. 1 day)

Tuition $95 + Registration Fee $25 = $120 Total

Our Basic Bicycle Maintenance course will make you a self-sufficient cyclist, enabling you to perform most of the common procedures carried out on a day to day basis. The information presented is applicable to all types of bicycles and it is also a great introductory class for anyone who would like a more thorough foundation before taking our Professional Technician training courses.  This course is also excellent for anyone who would like to maintain their bicycle in-house rather than always rely on a local bike shop. The class includes our bicycle anatomy brochure and a multitool used for hands on demonstrations. Students are provided the tools and supplies necessary for the exercises. See our calendar for updated schedules.

SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Anatomy of the bicycle

  • Bike Fit and Position

  • Brake System Adjustment and Maintenance

  • Cable and Housing Replacement and Maintenance

  • Derailleur System Adjustment and Maintenance

  • Emergency Roadside Repair

  • Flat Repair, Tire and Tube Design

  • Stem and Handlebars

  • Wheel Truing

2. Technician Training Courses (20 hrs. 8 days)

Tuition $400 + Registration Fee $95 = $495 Total

These courses are comprehensive professional level courses for students with limited or no bike shop experience. The goal of the classes are to prepare students to learn enough about professional bicycle mechanics to work on their own bicycles in a professional manner. We emphasize a great deal of hands-on experience during both a component-by-component study of bicycle repair, as well as a study of the bicycle as a complete unit. The information presented is applicable to all types of bicycles. 

Students take away the entire eight chapter training manual, a small tool kit and one of our custom shop rags with our logo printed on them. Each chapter includes lecture, with hands-on exercises. Again, students are provided the tools and supplies necessary for the exercises. See our calendar for updated schedules.

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Repair Stand Use

  • Measuring Tools

  • Thread Specifications

  • Torque

  • Bearing Inspection & Assessment

  • Hub & Axle Sets

  • Crank Sets

  • Stems and Handlebars

  • Frame Construction

  • Frame/Fork Alignment

  • Frame Fit

  • Frame Materials

  • Cutting Tools

  • Bottom Brackets

  • Brake Systems

  • Saddles & Seatposts

  • Chains

  • Wheel Repair and Truing

  • Headsets

  • Derailleur Systems

  • Derailleur Cable & Housing

  • Tube & Tire Repair

  • Pedals

  • Gearing

  • Freewheels & Freehubs

3. Wheel Building (7.5 hrs. 3 days)

Tuition $450 + Registration Fee $150 = $600 Total

This course is designed but not limited to experienced mechanics or who have had some prior wheel building experience or those students who have taken our Technician Training course. We cover advanced topics of wheel building, including lacing patterns. Our goal is to lead you on the path to becoming a master wheel builder. Students will build and keep a high-quality set of wheels. See our calendar for updated schedules.

Topics covered:

  • Hub, Spoke & Rim Selection

  • Spoke Length Calculation

  • Lacing Patterns

  • Wheel Design

  • Customizing


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