Introduction:

Our free classes are a big part of who we are. Bringing people in on "the secret" is our thing. These classes are based on an informal lecture style, with attendees gathered around our central workspace. Feel free to bring your bike... After class, please feel free to throw your bike up in the stand to discuss with our mechanics further. Classes do not need to be taken in order. 

We run a full "semester" in Spring and Fall (just like school). In the Summer and Winter we offer our Basic Class once a month.

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Free Maintenance Classes (Basic Track):

  • Class 01: "Basic Maintenance and Flat Fixes"  This class covers basic points of do-it-yourself maintenance to get you self-sufficient with you bike. In addition, this class can serve as a gateway to learning more about these great machines.

  • Class 02: "Brakes and Their Adjustments"  This is the class to take if you want to get rid of that annoying rubbing sound. Braking systems, while plentiful, mainly follow the same few principals in terms of function and maintenance.

  • Class 03: "Gears and Derailleurs"  Often a source of mystery and stress from cyclists, this class serves to show that these shifting systems are easily worked with and essentially the same cast of characters for many decades.

  • Class 04: "Bearing Adjustments and Wheel Truing"  Slightly more advanced, this class is a great finale for our Basic Maintenance Series of classes. This class covers bearing adjustments (hubs, bottom brackets and hubs), as well as wheel truing.

Free Maintenance Classes (Advanced Track):

  • Intro to Mountain Biking  This class will discuss the different types of mountain bikes, as well as set-up/care, and where to ride locally.

  • Hydraulic Brakes  Hands on demonstration of the bleeding and care of both Avid and Shimano systems

  • Enter Tubelessness  How to select and install a tubeless tire set-up.

  • Shock/Suspension Anatomy and Care  Into to mountain bike shock and fork types and care

  • Bar Taping  Learn to wrap your bars in this hand-on class. Bring your bikes, class attendees receive discount on bar tape

  • Cargo Bikes  The ins and outs of cargo  bike ownership and maintenance in NYC.

  • Touring and Bike-Packing  The touring experts at 718 discuss their touring experiences, as well as help you plan for yours

  • Dynamo Hubs and Wiring  Hub and light selection, as well as the art of dynamo wiring

  • How to Spec a Bike  Starting from a frame, go through the process that we use at 718 to spec out and design a bike.

Adventure Cycling / Bike Camping Classes and Trips (Winter/Spring 2016)

  • 3 free classes that will prepare you for our Shop Trips this season. 

Wheelbuilding Class:

Participants will build a wheel during the class, and are able to come back to the shop if they don't finish by the end of class.  

Participants can buy components from 718 (at a 10% discount). Go to: www.718c.com/wheelbuilder and use promo code "Wheel" for a 10% discount.  Be sure to select "Shop Pickup" if you want the parts waiting for you for the Friday class. If you don't see the components you are looking for, just email us at info@718c.com. We are adding new components all the time. Tools are not required for class, but are included in the discount in case you want to take your new hobby further.

Alternatively, attendees can bring their own wheel components (rim, hub, spokes).  If bringing your own spokes, please have them cut to length (at 718 or elsewhere) prior to arriving at class. 718 charges 25 cents/spoke for this service. 

Women's Maintenance Classes: 

  • Women's Class 01: Bike Demystification, Basic Maintenance, and Flat Fixing. Get to know a little more about your machine in this hands-on introductory workshop, and walk away feeling more self-sufficient. This class will cover routine bike maintenance, the tools you should never leave home without, and how to fix a flat, with plenty of time to ask questions

  • About the Instructor:
    Where bicycles are concerned, Meredith's heart is in the liberating power of the riding, and working on, of all types of bikes for all types of people, on any surface and in any weather. She teaches project-based mathematics at a public high school in Manhattan for recent immigrants, where she also facilitates an after-school bike mechanics and cycling program.

Build-A-Bike: (Schedule TBA)

  • This class is a monthly offering where we go through the thought processes and parts selection for staring a bike project. With the parts laid out on, we then will go through the bike building processes, step by step. This is how many of us got our start, so definitely check this one out.

RideSafe Class: (Schedule TBA)

The goal of this hands-on class is to get the rider comfortable riding in the NYC streets, as well as getting familiar with the "rules of the road" and basic maintenance. Bring your bike and helmet,as we are going riding!

  • Rules of the Road. A review of the NYC Department of Transportation's published rules (download rules in advance here)

  • What to Wear: A discussion on cycling apparel and gear appropriate for the season

  • What to Bring: What tools are necessities on your ride

  • What to Look For: An overview of what to look for before hopping on your bike

  • Hit the Road: We enter the traffic pattern in Gowanus and explore various types of bikes lanes, and practice some techniques that will keep you safe