Adult Bike Repair Classes
Our Adult Programs offer the same fun, friendly, and accessible high-quality bike education as our Youth Programs and are open to people 18 years old and up! You can pay the full registration price or we offer reduced class prices in return for volunteer service. The volunteer work trade model is a way for us to give back to our volunteers and to invite our students to participate in our volunteer community.
Registration opens quarterly. Scroll down to register. If you don’t see registration available for the class you want, then please check back later!
All 2021 classes are now full, with extensive waitlists. Please scroll down to see our 2022 class schedule and registration!
Bike Repair 101
In these classes, you will learn how to fix flats, overhaul bearing systems, and adjust gears & brakes. Participants will work on bikes provided by Bike Works. After you build your wrenching skills, bring your bike to our Open Shop community repair space to give your bike the tune-up it deserves, or attend our Volunteer Repair Parties to help Bike Works repair bikes that we donate back out into the community.
Abiding by CDC guidelines, in person learning is resuming. Students will work individually in designated areas to allow for 6+ feet of distancing. Class size is limited to six (6). Masks are required, and students are encouraged to have been vaccinated.
Upcoming Class Dates
Tuesdays, January 18 – February 22, 6:30-8:30 PM FULL! Please email email@example.com to sign up for our waitlist
Tuesdays, March 8 – April 12, 6:30-8:30 PM FULL! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for our waitlist
Tuesdays, April 26 – May 31, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesdays, June 14 – July 19, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesdays, August 2 – September 6, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesdays, September 20 – October 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Bike Repair 201
This course is intended for graduates of Bike Repair 101 who have spent time honing their skills through volunteer hours, or experience at-home or on-the-job. Students should already be proficient in fixing flat tires, adjusting basic bearing systems, and troubleshooting brakes and drivetrains.
In this class series, you will learn:
- Rear hub overhaul & cassette/freewheel removal
- Overhaul or replace bottom brackets & headsets; basic crank, stem, and handlebar compatibility
- Advanced drivetrain theory & troubleshooting (including chain replacement and derailleur hanger alignment)
- Basic drivetrain and brake compatibility
- Wheel truing
Students will receive a free copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. This course will involve 30-45 minutes of reading per week outside of class time.
Please email email@example.com to sign up for this course.
Upcoming Class Dates
Wednesdays, March 9 – April 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
Make the best of the winter by learning how to build your own wheels. Students will learn the theory behind wheel building; lace together a hub, spoke, and rim; properly tension all spokes; and finally true the wheel.
Students will have the option of practicing on wheels provided by Bike Works or building a wheel(s) to keep. If you would like to buy supplies to build your own set of wheels please call the shop as soon as you register!
Price is pay-what-you-can. Suggested tuition of $120, or $175 “pay-it-forward” to support another student (see Class Tuition section below).
Upcoming Class Dates
Tuesdays, November 22 – December 13, 6-9PM
At Bike Works, all of our programming is on a sliding scale cost. Through this payment structure, we are able to provide programming for anyone who is interested in bike riding and repair, no matter what they can afford to pay. We believe that it is more important than ever to be creating access and opportunities for communities disproportionately affected by institutional racism, classism, and sexism. We ask that individuals and families who are able to pay the full cost of our classes help by paying it forward for community members who cannot afford to pay full price, or at all.
Interested in youth programs?