Bike maintenance course – women only

VIDEO:  Louise shows how to remove the rear wheel in six seconds on one of our courses.

A two-day bike maintenance course for women only, held over two Saturdays.  We recommend that you attend both days.   We will run this course again in 2018, dates to be announced.  All bookings must be made online, we’re sorry but we’re unable to accept telephone bookings.

Suggested donation £20. You can pay online when booking or later – you will receive instructions in your confirmation email on how to do this, or just click here to donate (opens in a new window).

Led by Vicky Seville. Classes will be held indoors at Northfield Ecocentre, 53 Church Road, Northfield, B31 2LB.

Day one:

Module 1: Bike safety. This will include: understanding the parts of a bike and what they do; carrying out a safety check to make sure the main components are working safely (wheels; handlebars; brakes; cranks; pedals; chain; saddle).

Module 2: Bike cleaning, including degreasing and lubricating the chainset and cassette for maximum efficiency of your bike.

Module 3: Wheels, tyres and punctures. This will include understanding of how to care for wheels and tyres to avoid punctures; the importance of properly-inflated tyres; identifying valves, wheel size, tyre pressure; and how to identify and repair punctures. It will pay particular attention to taking the rear wheel off and putting it back on again, something many people are afraid to do.

Day two:

Module 4: Brakes. Understanding the function of brakes; how to care for brakes; how to make minor adjustments to brakes; how to replace brakes and brake cables.

Module 5: Gears. Understanding the function of gears; how to care for gears; how to make minor adjustments to gears; how to replace gear components and cables; understanding limit screws, and how and when to adjust them.


These classes will give you the confidence and ability to care for and maintain your bike and keep cycling. It will give you the confidence and ability to identify faults that are too complex or difficult for DIY so you know when to seek help from a bike shop or mechanic. With your knowledge of bike maintenance you will know what to ask for and won’t be ripped off.

There will be a maximum of six learners in each class. We will provide all tools and equipment including bike stands, tools, aprons, etc. The tutor will be Vicky Seville, an experienced bike mechanic and trainer. The focus will be on the most common types of bike architecture and component e.g. V-brakes that most cyclists have.

You are encouraged to bring your own bike if possible to work on. If this is not possible for any reason, then we have a range of bikes of all shapes and sizes that can be used to work on during the sessions.

Please take our online quiz – Do You Know How To Maintain Your Bike? This will test your knowledge of bike maintenance and let you know if you would benefit from training. Many people over-estimate their own bike maintenance ability.

We use a Learning Management System to record your progress in the bike maintenance classes you attend.