If you want to buy a holiday gift for a friend or family member who rides a bike, or if you want to treat yourself, I have an idea for you. Enrollment is now open at Bike Works for the next sessions of ABC, the Adult Basics Class (Jan. 16th – Feb. 20th) and the intermediate level class, DEF, aka Developing Excellent Fixing-Skills (Jan. 5th – Feb. 9th).
Bike Works is known for its community youth programs, but they also offer a few amazing classes for adults. I took the Adult Basics Class a couple of years ago and I cannot even begin to describe how much I learned. I'll tell you this much, it's a beginner class but I finished that class feeling like I knew a whole lot about bike repair. Now I can make minor adjustments and fixes to my bike and I don't have to take my bike into a shop to get a tune-up every year. The class began with super basic stuff like learning how to change a tube and eventually covered more advanced stuff like overhauling a headset. I haven't been able to find a more thorough beginner class for this price anywhere else.
The intermediate class covers more details about bike repair like truing a wheel, how to set up derailleurs for reliable shifting, the secrets of overhauling complex three piece bottom brackets and advanced braking systems and much, much more.
These classes fill up up fast, so act quickly if you want to secure your spot by getting in the form and fee. The forms are available here. The fee for the class is $100 if you commit to 9 -18 hours of volunteer work, which is usually working on bikes so it's basically homework AND you are doing something for the community. If you can't commit to volunteering, you can pay $150 for the class.
ABC class schedule: Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm January 16th – February 20th
DEF class schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm January 5th – February 9th