As part of my drive to fix my bike and cycle it regularly, I decided that I would improve my skills so I felt confident to make basic repairs on my bike.
I typed in Bike Maintenance course into Google and came up with the Fix it! class run by the people at Evans Cycles. So I paid £15, with high hopes of getting shown the errors of my ways.
When I arrived there were five other people taking the class and I was disappointed that there was only one instructor. I came to realise that I would not be getting my hands dirty as this class was an explanation only session.
The session covered:
1) Replacing an innertube
2) Tightening breaks
3) Fixing chains/gears (I’ll be honest I was getting a bit lost by this point)
We were shown on a hybrid bike, so it was slightly different to my mountain bike so I had to try and imagine where I would go on my own bike. As I am not that confident in fixing my bike, this was not an easy task.
To be fair the instructor was capable and knowledgeable demonstrating his craft. I was also quite envious how easily he popped the tire of when replacing the inner tube.
I spend about 30 minutes trying to wrench it off which involves a good amount of sweating, swearing and threatening my bike with a good kicking if it did not behave.
Another benefit was a small pack of fix it goodies, which I estimate being equal in price of the course.
It was evident that more personal tuition was needed as the session got dominated by one of the students as a dozen questions about there personal needs.
In conclusion I was obviously disappointed, I wanted practical experience and guidance on where I was going wrong with changing my tire. What was given I could have got from Youtube.
Anyway back to the drawing board. I am now at a stage where if I knew someone who was good with bikes I would pay them for one to one tuition.