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.
Class Rewards: Please remember to take advantage of our Class Reward Program. At class, text 718Class to (646) 887-8473. After 4 class check-in's, recieve a 10% discount on a tool purchase up to $100.
Free Maintenance Classes:
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.
Class 05: "Class 05: 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.
Class 06: Hydraulic Brakes Hands on demonstration of the bleeding and care of both Avid and Shimano systems
Class 07: Enter Tubelessness How to select and install a tubeless tire set-up.
Class 08: Shock/Suspension Anatomy and Care Into to mountain bike shock and fork types and care
Class 09: Bar Taping Learn to wrap your bars in this hand-on class. Bring your bikes, class attendees receive discount on bar tape
Class 10: Cargo Bikes The ins and outs of cargo bike ownership and maintenance in NYC.
Class 11: Touring and Bike-Packing The touring experts at 718 discuss their touring experiences, as well as help you plan for yours
Class 12: Dynamo Hubs and Wiring Hub and light selection, as well as the art of dynamo wiring
Class 13: 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.
Building a wheel is probably the most complicated and at the same time most rewarding part of bike maintenance/building you can learn. This class is given in 2 parts. Part 1 is a demonstration/lesson with one of our wheelbuilders. Part 2 is the participant scheduling a time to come back to build their wheel under the watchful eyes of the shop staff (parts available at a discount). This is an advanced endeavor, not to be approached casually. Required reading (coming soon) is a mandatory prerequisite for entry to this class.
The class is a demonstration session. We discuss the ideas behind how a wheel holds together, as well as component selection and finally lacing and truing techniques. Required reading a prerequisite, this will be emailed to you.
Womens Only Classes: (Schedule TBA)
At 718 Cyclery, we strive to maintain an environment that is friendly to whomever walks through the door, without question. This class serves to provide an environment where women can feel comfortable while learning about bike maintenance.
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