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.
. 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)