Revolution – Program Draft

This program is subject to change as this is our first attempt offering it, but this represents the gist of our goals and how we’ll get there.

Safety First!

. Wear close-toed shoes
. Leave headphones/ earbuds in bag
. Respect people around you, the tools and the space

Earn a Bike Program 8 Weeks

~2 hour sessions

In this program participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to repair and maintain the main systems of a bicycle. They will have a chance to not only re‐build a bike from scratch for Firebird to give back to the community, but also to build a bike for themselves as they go along.

Each week, when participants finish their planned work on a shop bike, they can move on to addressing similar components on their personal bike.

Week 1 – Introduction to Bike Mechanics and the Shop Learn different types of bikes and bike anatomy + Shop tour and rules of respect within space/workshop expectations + Strip a bike to get used to using tools and names of parts

Week 2 – Tubes & Tires – Learn how to fix a flat tire, how to assess a wheel

Week 3 – Hubs – Learn how to take off a free wheel, repack and greaser front/back wheel Adjusting cones and troubleshooting

Week 4 – Bottom Brackets – Intro to parts, take off pedals and remove crank arm + Learn different types and tune up/repack bearings

Week 5 – Work on Building Your Own Bike

Week 6 – Headsets – Learn how to diagnose a headset, learn about handle bar and stem adjustments

Week 7 – Wheel Truing – Learn how to assess a wheel, adjusting spokes and use of a truing stand

Week 8 – Brakes – Intro to 3 different types of brakes + Learn how to change brake cables, housing, replacing pads and adjustments

Week 9 – Drive Train – Learn about derailleurs, gear shifters and chain + Learn different gears and how to adjust derailleurs

Week 10 – Work On Building Your Own Bike

Additional – Open Shop Drop-In Hours – Open shop hours will provide time for participants to come in and make up a class if they miss a week.

Don’t forget your ABCs!
A air (tire, tube, wheel)
B brakes (cable, lever, pads)
C chain (derailleurs, wear)