Basic Bike Maintenance

We will not be running any in-person programs over Fall. Want to know when we schedule more programs? Sign up to our Bike Bulletin!

Want to learn more about how to keep your bike in good condition?

This fun, interactive course is for participants that are new to maintaining their bike or would like a refresher. Participants are encouraged to bring their bike to the workshop and are shown how to perform a basic ‘ABC Quick Check’ to ensure that it is safe to ride. We review some simple maintenance tips that can be done at home to prolong bike life, as well as how to properly lock a bike to prevent bike theft, and change a flat tire. All courses include time for participant questions.

Open to anyone age 14 and up. 

During the Beginner Bike Maintenance course, you will learn how to:

  • Clean and oil your chain
  • Check your brakes and gears for wear
  • Fix a flat tire 
  • Know when it's a good idea to take your bike in for professional service

 

FAQs

Where are lessons held? 

The lessons will take place in an off-road location next to Trout Lake Community Centre. We are still determining exactly where the off-road location will be but it will be a smooth, flat surface, with no vehicle traffic. When the registration link becomes available it will contain more specific details. 

Do I need a bike?

If you have your own bike and helmet, please bring them to the lesson. If you don't own a bike or can’t transport it to the lesson location, you can observe and work with others.

How can I get my bike to the lesson spot?

You can bring your bike inside a personal vehicle, on a vehicle's bike rack, on a bus bike rack, or Skytrain car. If it's your first time using a bus bike rack or bringing a bike on transit - check out TransLink's helpful tips beforehand. All Metro Vancouver buses are able to take 2 bikes on their front racks. 

How can I get to Trout Lake Community Centre?

Trout Lake Community Centre is located in the southwest corner of Trout Lake Park. You can find transit options either via Google Maps or through Moovit. There is free parking available outside the Community Centre (located near Victoria and 15th). Nearby cycling routes can be found here.

Do you offer other lessons for more advanced skills?

Yes, we are pleased to be running other programs at Trout Lake Community Centre this Summer - Beginner Bike SkillsNew Rider Skill PracticeIntermediate Bike Skills Practice. When combined, anyone can go from never having ridden a bike to a confident everyday cyclist.  If you're looking for a course to increase your confidence in cycling from the comfort of your own home, you can take StreetWise Cycling Online. We will also be running webinars on a range of topics, starting in April 2022. In the meantime, you can find recordings here. 

If you have any more questions, please contact streetwise@bikehub.ca