Repair And Tuning

Tune-up your bike, skis or board, or learn basic repairs and maintenance from an expert mechanic in our workshop-based courses.


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Weekend Full Bike Repair Course (A, B, C & D)

Spend the weekend learning from a professional mechanic how to 'tear it down and build it back up' using your own bike (mountain or road). You'll be led hands-on through a comprehensive tune up/overhaul—leaving no component untouched (fork and shock internals exempt). The content includes modules A, B, C and D which will give you the knowledge to improve the performance and longevity of every component on your bike. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes, and Basic Bike Mechanic certificate upon completion. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Basic Bike Repair (A & B)

Dive in for a full day and learn the essentials of a basic bike tune-up, including chain and tube repair, gear and brake adjustments, and lubrication for maximum performance. The content of modules A and B will be covered. Perfect for urban bikes or modern road bikes. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools & supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Suspension Fork Service Tutorial

Learn how to perform simple suspension fork service from a professional. Learn how to change fork seals, wipers and oil, and maximize fork smoothness and performance. This tutorial will demonstrate the procedure for two popular brands, but is applicable to most fork brands. Contact Cody at cbjohnst@ucalgary.ca to register.

Bike Maintenance Essentials (A)

Savvy cyclists are self-sufficient and don’t shy away from roadside repairs and maintenance. Bring your favourite bike to our fully-equipped shop and practice flat tires, chain repair, and routine cleaning and lubing in this 3-hour evening course. A little DIY troubleshooting keeps your bike generating smiles for miles. No experience necessary. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Shifting and Braking Systems (B)

In this 3-hour bike repair course, get your shifting and braking systems working better-than-new by learning how to change cables/casing, accurately adjust derailleurs, and troubleshoot disc & rim brake systems. You'll be able to save your future tune-up dollars for coffee (or more bike parts). 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Hubs, Bottom Brackets and Headsets (C)

Dry bearings and contaminated grease can damage parts on your bike and slow you down. In this 3-hour repair course, learn how to inspect, adjust and repack or replace bearings before the damage is done. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools & supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Wheel Truing and Hydraulic Bleeding (D)

Get your battered bike wheels round, straight and equally tensioned, then learn the process to remove air from hydraulic systems on modern disc brakes. This 3-hour evening course lets you practice on a variety of components if your personal bike is already dialed. 14+. Prerequisite: modules A & B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, repair notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Wheel Building

The balanced tension of a spoked bicycle wheel is a beautiful thing, especially when you've laced and tensioned it yourself. In this 3-hour course, you'll use a mix of measurement, formula, technology and good old-fashioned feel to build a strong, serviceable practice wheel. Prerequisite: ABCD course certificate or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools, in-house practice components (hub, spokes, rim), course notes.