What’s it all about?
Bikes and Melbourne go hand in hand. Not only is cycling often the quickest way to travel (imagine going from Carlton to Fitzroy), it is also fun, free, and great for your health and the environment!
But uh oh, you’ve got a flat! What do you do? Come along to learn some basic bike repairs and maintenance skills that will have you back in the saddle in no time. You’ll save heaps of money too.
What will we cover?
This workshop will cover the basics of bike repair and maintenance, starting with fixing a puncture and moving on to brake and gear adjustments. Time permitting we will also learn to recognise signs of wear and identify when something can be fixed or needs replacing. There will be general workshop tips and Q&A too!
So stop paying bike shops $30 to fix a flat when you can do it yourself for $1 and give yourself over to get a little bit greasy.
Bring your bike but don’t wear your Sunday best. You won’t get covered in grease but if you do get any on your clothes it won’t want to wash out!
*Disclaimer: you won’t be able to fix up all your bike’s problems in the class and if you can’t bring your bike down don’t worry – we’ll be working in groups to learn the tricks so that we can go home and apply them to our own rides.
Who will be teaching?
Andy Walker is the mechanic at The Little Mule bicycle cafe. He began learning his trade at at a bike shop in his English home town in 1999, and has continued to indulge his passion for building and fixing stuff ever since. A journalist and lifelong cycling enthusiast, Andy has written articles for Mountain Biking UK magazine and The Guardian Bike Blog.