Course – Next Date September 2024

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Bicycle Maintenance Course

Duration:  6 weeks, Tuesday nights 6pm-8:45pm

Cost: $495 (inc GST)

Where: At our workshop in Port Melbourne

This course is designed for people who ride and enjoy cycling and want to understand and maintain their bikes.

To build their knowledge and confidence with bicycle maintenance to enable basic repairs, adjustment and roadworthiness of bicycles.

To cover the wide range of types, specifications and variations of bikes, bikes specially prepared for this course will be provided that cover a wide range of mechanical variations.

The course will include discussions, screening of relevant Park Tool and GCN instruction videos and hands on experience.

Dates: Tuesday 24th September  2024 (for 6 weeks).

There’s a form at the bottom of this page to register or ask a question.


Week 1 Basic mechanical skills

  • Tools and workshop requirements.
  • Fasteners, thread locking and anti-seize & torque, bearing types.
  • Diagnosing and solving mechanical problems

Week 2 Tyres and tubes

  • Valve types, Tyre sizing and types
  • Wheel demounting
  • Tube faults, Puncture types, Tyre faults
  • Inspection and repairs
  • Inflation
  • Wheel mounting

Week 3 Gears and transmission

  • Gear & change mechanism types
  • Chains – inspection and wear
  • Bottom bracket types and inspection
  • Rear sprockets – types, maintenance and cleaning

Week 4 Brakes

  • Brake types, lever and actuation styles Caliper, V, disk, hydraulic and cable).
  • Inspection for wear, adjustment, pad replacement, disc rotors

Week 5 Frames etc

  • Frame, handlebar, grips, bar tape, stems,
  • Saddles
  • Headsets & forks
  • Inspection and maintenance and replacement where applicable

Week 6 On ride repair overview

  • This lesson will be the culmination of the learnings, understandings and appreciation of the previous lessons.
  • Punctures, damaged tyre, broken spoke or chain, bent derailleur hanger, mystery noises, crash damage.
    Safety checks.
  • Cleaning


At the end of the course the participant will have gained the knowledge and understanding to either complete the repairs themselves, purchase parts or talk knowledgeably to a bike shop mechanic regarding their bike maintenance needs.

If you’re ready to register, or just have a question, please fill out the form below:

(We try to reply as quickly as we can, but our staff handling these enquiries are only part-time, so bear with us.)