RBH Winter Season of Maintenance Clinics

Rockville Bike Hub: Connecting the Community

We’re planning workshops/clinics on specific topics starting after the holidays in January. Here’s what we’re working on:
Session 1: Basic maintenance and roadside repair  This session will cover flat repair, adjusting brakes, adjusting derailleurs, chain care, adjusting headsets, pedals, seat position and "evaluation" of your ride for possible participation in session 2 or 3. We will make recommendations for any additional repairs needed, or parts in need of replacement, and provide you with a list of parts to buy. You will become familiar with tools for basic maintenance and roadside repair. We will also cover some basic terminology and names for the parts of a bike.
Session 2: Refurbishing and Deluxe Tune-up – This session will cover replacement of parts such as, cables, cable housing, chains, brake pads; along with more in-depth drivetrain maintenance and cleaning. Basic wheel truing/adjustment will also be covered. Bring the parts recommended for your bike based on the evaluation conducted during session 1, and session 2 will provide an opportunity for you to learn how to perform most of these additional repairs.
Session 3: Special Topics – This will be based on the amount of interest, but sessions could cover more detailed maintenance, repair and/or replacement of bottom brackets, hubs and headsets. Wheel building and checking frame/dropout alignment are other possible topics.
Each session will be 3-4 hours. We’re looking at a maximum of 10 people per session so that you are guaranteed individual attention and the chance to actually get your hands dirty with your own bike. The cost is $25 for each session. The cost of parts is not included. We will repeat sessions if there is enough interest.
Let us know what you think about these clinics. Give us feedback on topics, on what days of the week would work best for you (weekday evenings or weekends) and on pricing. We want to encourage as much participation as possible while still covering costs. Also, if you already have some mechanical skills, let us know if you’d be interested in volunteering at one of these clinics. Watch this website, facebook page and meetup site for the final schedule of clinics.