Bike Maintenance Courses


Training for the home mechanic  

Cycletrek offer a range of bike maintenance and repair training courses to help you to get the most out of your bike. Participants learn the secrets of our bike whisperer Barrie who has had 27 years of experience building and fixing bikes. Covering everything from basic maintenance through to wheel building and drive train replacement there is a course for everyone.

Having 27 years of experience in the bike industry, Barrie also recently trained at United Bicycle Institute in Portland, USA in suspension technology, as well as completing a bicycle frame building course with BREW Racing Frames (Blue Ridge Engineering Workshop) in North Carolina, USA. Whilst in the US, he attended Interbike at Las Vegas to get the latest information on all things bike!

Barrie will be leading the workshops based on the Park Tool School program. The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3 (BBB-3) is an essential part of the training package and is included in the price of the workshops. Barrie has chosen the BBB-3 as it is not only a comprehensive manual in itself, but also has excellent web based backup.

It is really worthwhile to do a maintenance course even if you usually have your bike serviced by a shop. Knowing how to adjust brakes and gears, etc will give you the confidence to fix it yourself to keep yourself going if something goes wrong on the ride.

Get 3 to 5 like minded people together to save money by organising yourselves a group course. Contact Barrie to book your training course for a date convenient for you and some friends, or a one on one course is also available where as the only participant you will get intensive learning and the course can be modified to your special interest if desired.

Special price for doing both Cycletrek Starters and Cycletrek Intermediate 1 on 1 bike maintenance courses on consecutive WEEK days, staying overnight in our cabin for a total of $625 (save $50).

 

Cycletrek Starter (CS)

Introduction to bicycle maintenance

As the bikes of today are a fairly complex machine, this course will be based around the procedures a bike mechanic would perform on a new bike having its first (90 day) service. Our workshop bikes, which will be out of adjustment, will be set up for demonstration of how to adjust correctly, including:

  • Gears
  • Headset
  • Basic brake adjustment
  • Wheel truing demonstration
  • Discussion and demonstration of threads, lubes, leverage, and more to gain an understanding of basic engineering principles of the bicycle.
  • Discussion and demonstration on the use of tools and tools selection

This course runs for a minimum of 5 hours including lunch break (BYO lunch) for groups, or 4 to 5 hours for one on one.

One on One cost: $295 includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3

Class of 2 participants is $195 each, includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3  each; or a couples price is $355 includes only 1 copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3

Group cost per person: $165 includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3 valued at $49.95 or $130 without the BBB – 3 (couples, family members, etc only need one BBB – 3)

(Note: BBB – 3 is required for this course;  valued at $54.95, it is only $35.00 when included with your course fee)

 

Cycletrek Intermediate (CI)

Intermediate bicycle maintenance and repair

This will be a more hands on course where students, who have completed the above course or have prior experience, will perform work on their own bikes, including:

  • Complete gear inner and outer replacement
  • Wheel truing
  • Removal, cleaning and re-installation of rear sprockets
  • Adjustment of rear cup and cone hub
  • Adjustment of front cup and cone hub

Demonstration of bottom bracket cartridge replacement (if yours needs replacing, we can order the correct part for your bike by prior arrangement, and you can perform the replacement on your bike)

Demonstration of headset replacement (if yours needs replacing, we can order the correct part for your bike by prior arrangement, and you can perform the replacement on your bike)

This course runs for a minimum of 5 hours including lunch break (BYO lunch)  for groups, or 4 to 5 hours for one on one.

One on One cost: $295 includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3 plus any parts provided by us

Class of 2 participants is $195 each, includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3  each; or a couples price is $355 (inc GST) includes only 1 copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3  plus any parts provided by us

Group cost per person: $165 includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3 valued at $49.95 or $130 without the BBB – 3 (couples, family members, etc only need one BBB – 3) plus any parts provided by us

(Note: BBB – 3 is required for this course;  valued at $54.95, it is only $35.00 when included with your course fee, however, if you have done the Cycletrek Starters course, you will not need to purchase another book, so please deduct $35 from the CI fee)

 

Hi Maintenance (Hi M)

Hello to bicycle maintenance – a beginner course designed specifically for women. Tool handling and bottom bracket maintenance without the smart arse male comments, plus all the other basics you need to know to keep your bike in good shape.

  • Gears
  • Headset
  • Basic brake adjustment
  • Wheel truing demonstration
  • Discussion and demonstration of threads, lubes, leverage, and more to gain an understanding of basic engineering principles of the bicycle.
  • Discussion and demonstration on the use of tools and tools selection

This course runs for a minimum of 5 hours including lunch break. (BYO lunch)

Group cost per person: $165 ( includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3

Class of 2 participants is $195 each, includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3  each

One on One cost: $295 includes the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair 3

(Note: BBB – 3 is required for this course)

 

On Your Own Two Wheels (OYO2W)

Wheel building course

 The student will learn basic wheel theory and how to lace and true a pair of wheels from scratch:

  •  using a rim, hub and spokes of your choice ordered by prior arrangement
  • rims and hubs can be self supplied, details provided to us so we can calculate spoke length and advise or order for you
  • or student can use our parts and the wheels remain the property of Cycletrek

This course runs for a minimum of 5 hours including lunch break (BYO lunch) for groups, or 4 to 5 hours for one on one.

Group Cost: $150 plus parts supplied by us  –  One on One cost: $280  plus parts supplied by us

Contact us to book a date to suit you.

Barrie demonstrating how to true a wheel

Barrie demonstrating how to true a wheel

 

Program

  •  Arrive on site for all courses at 9.30am (coffee and tea provided) for 10.00 am start. One on One courses can choose a start time convenient to participant.Learn to fix your bike at Cycletrek
  •  Weekend courses can be booked as a Cycletrek Starters on Saturday followed by Intermediate on Sunday. Free camping site can be provided for the Saturday night, however, there are NO FACILITIES. BYO everything!! Alternatively, we have our wonderful self-contained cabin (see accommodation tab for details) available – get in early to book.
  • Courses for groups have minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 participants.
  • Deposit of 50% of course cost to be made at time of booking, with the balance 2 days before course date.
  • Cancellations – 10% of deposit retained, balance refunded if more than 14 days prior to course date. 3 to 14 days before course date, full deposit can be transferred to another date or 50% of deposit will be refunded. Less than 3 days – no refund, but 25% of payment already made can be transferred to another date.
  • Group bookings and One on One courses can be held on weekdays if preferred.
  • Course participants are welcome AND ENCOURAGED, to bring a bike and go for a ride after the course on our fantastic state circuit single track (9.5km lap). (We don’t have dieback here, so please ensure bike is clean of mud – don’t forget under saddle and bottom bracket)
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