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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, throw your bike up in the stand to discuss with our mechanics further. Classes do not need to be taken in order. Use the 718 App (available on ITunes and the Google Play Store) to check in at each class to earn a discount on tools after 4 classes!
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.
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.
Note: Classes 2,3 and 4 will be back on our schedule in 2019
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.
This is a 2-part class…participants must register for both classes. Space is limited to 10 participants, so please take that into consideration when registering.
Participants can buy components from 718 (at a 10% discount). Email us at email@example.com. 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 Bike Maintenance Classes:
This monthly class at 718 Cyclery is an open forum for women and gnc folks. There will be a topic planned as well as a chance to troubleshoot and discuss any maintenance questions. Plan to get your hands on bikes for a deeper understanding of bicycle mechanics. Those of all skill levels are encouraged to come whether to share knowledge and/or questions!
Examples of topics to be discussed: drive train maintenance, tubes and tires: flat fix tricks and techniques (at home and on the road), bike builds, swapping components, dos and don'ts of lubrication, truing wheels, brakes, safety checks, headsets, bottom brackets, hubs, etc!
Women’s Bike Maintenance Intensive
The Women’s Bike Maintenance Intensive is a 3 part course designed to teach you the basics of how to take care of and fix your bike. It is designed to come after the “basic maintenance” course offered monthly, but it is not required to understand or enjoy this course. Classes are structured around an informal lecture with hands on practice. Feel free to bring your own bike to learn with. Classes are every month, the first 3 Tuesdays of the month. Register here