Bike maintenance courses
A bike maintenance course will give you the skills and confidence to service and repair your own bike. A bike in good condition is obviously safer and much less likely to break down, but will also last longer and probably cost you less in the long term. If you’re unlucky and something does go wrong, you’re also more likely to be able to repair it and ride home if you have the right skills.
What bikes are covered?
We run bike maintenance courses for mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, cyclo-cross etc. We can also cover e-bikes, but just the components that you’ll find on regular bicycles, not the electrics or motor.
Our courses are usually run as 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 days with the 1 to 2 courses for people to book as a pair. This is because the vast majority of demand has always been for 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 and group dates tend not to fill up. However, if you have a group of 3 to 6 people organised you can book a course group prices.
As you’d expect, 1 to 1 and 1 to 2 courses allow us to shape the day specifically to your needs, so you can cover the tasks that will be most use to you. Just get in touch to arrange a date that suits.
The course includes plenty of tea and coffee and some lunch – can’t tell you what it will be on the day but let us know about any allergies or dislikes when you book!
If you’re mostly confident in your abilities but want to progress we can also help with more advanced skills, even some fork & shock maintenance. Just ask for details of exactly what we can cover.
While you’re here…
Chasing Trails gift vouchers are always available if you’re booking as a present. Just ask & we can post or email a voucher. Email is ideal if you’ve left it to the last minute! The receiver can then book a date when convenient.
To book either type of course, contact us for a date & pay by card via the PayPal buttons below, by bank transfer (details supplied when a date’s sorted) or you can send a cheque if there’s plenty of notice.
Service & repair courses
This course covers skills needed to service & repair your bike. Even if you don’t have time to do your own servicing it’s helpful to have the knowledge for trail-side repairs like fixing a broken chain & replacing a cable.
Although workshop tools are nice, you can complete most common repairs with just a multi-tool and a few other affordable bike specific tools, so you won’t need to rush out to buy a huge set of expensive tools.
The course cost includes gear cables and a range of KMC chains are available for reasonable prices. KMC make the toughest and longest lasting chains in my experience and the fact that they’re also good on price is just a bonus.
A maintenance course is a great investment, after a few repairs you’ve paid for the course.
Bicycle strip & rebuild courses
Some people prefer a strip down & rebuild course. We like to offer what people want, so this is another option. You end up with similar skills & knowledge to the standard course but from a different approach. We’d say pick the one you like the sound of or phone for some advice.
A good practical reason to do a strip & rebuild course is if you want to get your frame resprayed. If you’re local & you want to do a 1:1 course as two half days or evenings, you can then send your frame to get re-sprayed & return for the rebuild when it’s done.
If you know that some components need replacing bring them along & feel free to ask for advice before the course
Again, the course includes gear cables and KMC chains are available. We offer 1:1, 1:2 or group courses if you have a group arranged. Max group size on the strip & rebuild course is 4 people to keep everything running smoothly.