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February 9/09 10:00 am - Bike Maintenance Clinic Hosted by Midweek Cycling Club

Posted by Editoress on 02/9/09

Bike Maintenance Clinic Hosted by Midweek Cycling Club

8 hours - 10 people maximum - $100 per person - 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday, February 21st

• All participants to work on their own bikes. This gives you a familiarity with how things work, and knowledge of what you can to if you need to fix something on your own.
• Use your own tools. This gets you used to using them and makes sure you have everything they need.
• to reserve your spot please email

Equipment requirements:

• Optimally, everyone should have a repair stand, but a trainer will work in a pinch.
• You will be replacing cables and housing, and brake pads if they're required, so you should have a set of each available to them.
• A good pile of rags to clean parts with.
• A set of metric allen keys (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm),
• a few metric wrenches (8, 9, 10mm),
• a cassette lock ring tool for your cassette (Shimano or Campy),
• a chain whip,
• a large adjustable wrench (10-12"),
• possibly a pedal wrench or long 15mm open end wrench (depending on what model of pedal you own),
• a chain tool (and replacement pins or links to fit your chain type, Shimano or Campy, 8, 9, 10 speed),
• some tire levers,
• a crank puller (to fit whatever cranks you have on your bike,
• a BB tool to fit the bottom bracket on your bike,
• cable cutters,
• side cutters,
• small tape measure,
• angle finder (so we can measure and reset seat and bar angles)
• a cable puller/needle nose pliers to tension your cables if you think you can't do it by hand.
• You may also need a set of headset wrenches to fit your bike depending on the style of headset you have.
• And don't forget a pencil and paper to take measurements and notes.

The easiest way for you to figure out what you need is to take your bike into their local shop and ask what tools they'd need to do a full overhaul, completely removing most components, right down to the frame. (We'll leave any pressed in headset cups in the frame, and crown races on the forks to make things easier).

We'll have a full set of tools with us, so if someone doesn't have a tool they need, there will be one available for them to use, but we don't have enough for everyone, so it's best if you can get your own.

A quick agenda of the day goes something like this:

9:00 - Introductions and Game Plan

9:05 - 10:30 Disassembly (including measurements)

10:30 - 12:00 Cleaning and reassembly (fork, BB, cranks, brakes, derailleurs)

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 5:45 Complete reassembly (bars, levers, cassette, chain, wheels, cables, housing) and finish adjustments.

5:45 - 6:00 Questions


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