VRQ Level 1 - 5 Day Bike Maintenance Course
Downland Cycles Bike Maintenance Centre. If it can be repaired, we'll teach you how. Our bike maintenance courses are run in our purpose built training centre. Each student has their own work bench and own set of tools to work with. Bikes are provided for you to practice on for the first day of the course both road and mountain bikes are available. Build up your confidence on our bikes before tackling your own bike on the last day, for a full strip down, clean, re-lubricate and rebuild. Maximum of 5 students on each VRQ Level 1 Course.
(Course is run from 9am - 5pm)
Learn everything you need to know about your bike. No stone left unturned. By the end of the 5 day bike maintenance course you will have learnt all the skills necessary to generally maintain your own bike. No experience is needed to take one of these courses, we take you right back to basics and build your skills quickly and rapidly.
Five Day Course
The five day VRQ Level 1 course gives the student the ability to strip a bike down to the frame or buy a frame, prepare it and then build it with the components of their choice.
It gives the student the opportunity to use workshop tools and equipment previously unseen by home mechanics.
Overview of tools.
What types of tools are required within a cycle workshop
Lubrication and cleaners
Diagnosing problems with a bike
Tyres and inner tubes, description of sizes, installation and removal and repairing
Pedals, installing, removing and re-threading
Crank arm, installing and removing, square type, splined and cottered
Chain rings removal
Chains, the types of chain available, fitting, removing and getting the correct length
Chain cleaning and lubrication
Rear sprocket removal and fitting
Bottom bracket removal and fitting, cartridge type
Bottom bracket removal and fitting, adjustable type
Bottom bracket rethreading and facing
Hub servicing and adjustments
Headset servicing, A-Head and threaded
Headset replacement, tube and fork reaming
Brake systems, calliper, linear, side pull, dual pivot
Brake cables and housing
Gear systems, STI levers, twist grips, down tube, thumb levers
Gear cables and housing
Front derailleur fitting and indexing/adjustment
Rear derailleur fitting and indexing/adjustment
Stems, handlebars and seat posts, types, fitting measuring and adjusting