Course Details

Basic Maintenance

Basic Maintenance
Learn to keep bikes running smoothly on the road or trail.

Basic mechanical knowledge is a vital part of providing any kind of bike ride or cycling activity. CTC's Basic Maintenance course gives you the skills you need to prepare bikes safely for riding, and to fix the most common problems that occur during the course of a ride - on or off the road.

The course is hands-on. You'll be working on bikes, getting your hands dirty and learning by doing.


One day

Course outcomes

On this Basic Maintenance Course, you will learn:

  • Personal safety, tool and chemical handling
  • Correct use of tools and lubricants 
  • Degreasing, cleaning and lubrication
  • Pre-ride equipment checks
  • Brakes - cable adjustment and pad/block adjustment and replacement - for caliper, V-brake and disc brakes
  • Gears - indexing, cable adjustment, limit adjustment
  • Transmission - chain repair and replacement
  • Headset adjustment
  • Wheels - punctures, tyre repair
  • Emergency repairs - dealing with what can go wrong during a ride


Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

Available courses

Date Course Venue Link
5 Dec 2015 Bikespace Plymouth Details...
6 Feb 2016 Bikespace Plymouth Details...
5 Mar 2016 Bikespace Plymouth Details...

What next?

After this course, our Advanced Maintenance course deals with more challenging and technical maintenance topics.


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