Understanding Bike Maintenance – Course Content

Understanding Bike Maintenance

Goals: Educational and Locational Outreach

Intended for people who really need to know how to maintain their bike in good worming conditon.

  • To run this course in various locations -especially in rural/small town areas
  • To address the importance of scheduled, routine maintenance procedures
  • To outline maintenance procedures and uncover the basic principles
  • To come up with an educational model that allows knowledge sharing in the form of on-line communication and/or one-on-one teaching sessions
  • To build a library of standard procedures and tools to do the job

Sketch of a Weekend Course

Day 1:

Introduction

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  • Anatomy of a bike
  • Tools required
  • Lubrication and Cleaning
  • Applying the proper torque to threaded parts
  • Mechanical Skills – levers and opposing forces

Bike Components that Require Routine Care and Cleaning:

Chains and Drive Train

  • Anatomy of chains
  • Maintenance Checks
  • Chain and Cassette wear
  • Cleaning and lubrication
  • Understanding Freewheel and Freehub mechanisms

Steering and Wheels

  • Understanding Headsets – threaded and threadless
  • Maintenance checks
  • Wheels – Quick release and Standard
  • Integrity and Centering of Wheel
  • Spokes
  • Tire Inflation – Maintenance of tires, tubes and repair of flat tires
  • Types of tires and valves

Pedals

  • Anatomy of a pedal – left and right types
  • Pedal removal and maintenance – pedal wrenches or the equivalent

Day 2

Brakes and Cabling

  • Types of Brakes
  • Maintenance Checks – Cables and Housing
  • Tools
  • Adjustment

Derailleurs and Cabling

Front Derailleurs and Shifters

  • Maintenance Checks – Cables and Housing
  • Adjustments
  • Maintenance for High / Low stops
  • Index Adjustments

Rear Derailleurs and Shifters

  • Maintenance Checks – Cables and Housing
  • Adjustments
  • Maintenance for High / Low stops
  • Index Adjustments

Chains – Removal and repair

  • Anatomy of Chains – Quick links, chain breaking tool (if necessary)
  • Maintenance Checks

Overview

Now that we understand the various parts that can be maintained by ordinary cyclists:

Tools

General Discussion:

See: Tools when you can spare the expense

 Maintenance Schedule

  1.  Pre-Ride Checks
  2. Post-Ride Maintenance
  3. Weekly
  4. Monthly
  5. Yearly
  6. Special Maintenance for Winter Riding
  7. Maintenance for Folding Bikes

Course Deployment – Typical Towns outside the Metropolitan Areas – e.g towns in Lanark County.

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