Advanced bike maintenance: mega clinic

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  • Date
    Sunday, 09 February, 2020
  • Time
    From 10:30 am to 03:00 pm EST
  • Organizer
    MEC Ottawa
  • Price
  • Address
    MEC Ottawa
    366 Richmond Road
    Ottawa, ON

Learn how to wrench like a pro. This more advanced bike repair and maintenance class combines different topics in a single super session.

Skill level: intermediate to advanced

Format: hands-on, small group class

You’ll learn

Get to know your bike’s drivetrain:

  • When to change a bike chain and cassette
  • When to change cables and housing
  • How to replace a bike chain
  • How to remove and install a cassette
  • How to replace gear cables and housing

How to adjust bike derailleurs:

  • How to inspect your derailleurs
  • How to tell when your derailleurs need an adjustment
  • How to adjust your front and rear derailleur
  • When you need to take your bike to the shop for service

How to adjust and fix bike brakes:

  • Different types of bike brakes
  • How to change pads on rim brakes (caliper and cantilever)
  • How to adjust the position of rim brakes
  • How to change the cable and housing for rim brakes
  • Brief overview on issues with disc brakes (but we won’t be covering maintenance or service on disc brakes in this clinic)
  • When you need to take your bike to the shop for service

How to true bike wheels:

  • Why you need to true your wheels
  • How the 3 aspects of wheel trueness (lateral, radial, dishing) affect the bike
  • Why it’s important to properly adjust your hub when you’re truing wheels
  • Steps to take for truing a wheel
  • How to destress a wheel and avoid spoke wind-up
  • What tools you need to do the job
  • When you need to take your bike to the shop for service

Important notes

We highly recommend taking the beginner bike repair and maintenance clinics at MEC before this class.

This is a hands-on clinic, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit of bike grease on.

Please leave your own bike at home, where you can practice your new skills on it later. We’ll provide demo materials and gear in class.

Who’s teaching the clinic?

Our more advanced bike clinics are taught by experienced MEC bike mechanics, who are ready to answer any of your questions.