May is bike to work month, and Thursday May 12th is bike to work day. Now that you are out there riding, you might be interested in learning how to fix a flat; tune those squeaky brakes; get your shifts in order; or perhaps go so far as to get really greasy overhauling your hub. Box Dog Bikes shows you how on Tuesday nights. Check out our upcoming classes.
These bike maintenance classes are all stand alone for $35, sign up for three or four at $30 each or all five for $140. Most all of the classes require no previous bike repair experience, simply mechanical interest and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Below is a further description of each class.
Know Your Bike: Learn all the names of the parts of your bike; learn how to replace an inner tube (fix a flat); learn the wonders of the rag, cleaning your bike keeps your brakes working better, and your chain shifting more reliably.
Brakes and Cables: Learn the basics of your braking system. We learn how to replace cables and housing, replace brake pads, and conduct the various adjustments necessary to get a strong and centered brake.
Shifting: Learn the basics of your gear shifting system. The only class with the prerequisite that student understands the basics of cable replacement as learned in the brakes and cables class. We learn about how to achieve and maintain clean/crisp shifting in both front and rear derailleurs.
The Bicycle Wheel: Adjusting hubs and truing rims. We learn how to keep your hubs spinning smoothly without wobble, and how to straighten and round your rims.
Bearing Systems: This class is about getting mechanical and a bit more greasey than the rest. We take apart hubs, bottom brackets and headsets; repack them; and adjust the bearings. Time permitting, and interest level, you will get the opportunity to overhaul one or two of these bicycle components.
I hope you can sign up for as many as you are interested in.
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm May 17th Know Your Bike
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm May 24th Bicycle Brakes
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm May 31st Shifting Gears
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm June 7th The Bicycle Wheel
Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm June 14th Bearing Systems