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Intermediate Bike Maintenance

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Leeds Bike Mill

37 Mabgate Green



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This 6-hour course will cover brakes and gears in more detail and is suitable for those who already know the basics of bike maintenance.

About this event

Our intermediate course is suitable for those who have already attended our Introduction to Bike Maintenance course or otherwise know the basics about their bike e.g. can carry out a general check, remove/replace a wheel, repair a puncture and clean and lubricate in the right places. We encourage you to bring your own bike along.

We will be adding more dates soon, so please check back if you can't find a date and time that works for you.

Session content


We will provide examples of different brake types and discuss the differences in their mechanisms. The tutor will demonstrate how to remove, replace and align brake pads; how to centre your brakes; how to adjust cable tension; and how to replace cables. You will then have the opportunity to practise some of these tasks on your own bike. For those of you with hydraulic disc brakes, we will look at the similarities and differences to rim brakes, how to adjust and centre your brakes and how to replace pads. We’ll talk through the principles of bleeding hydraulic disc brakes.


We will then look at how gears work and discuss common problems. The tutor will demonstrate how and where to check for wear and tear including whether the chain/cassette is worn and what condition the cables and housing are in, followed by how to replace the chain, cassette and cables.We will cover how and where to inspect the components for damage, how to set the limit screws, how to correctly set the position of a front mech and how to index your gears by adjusting the cable tension. There will then be the opportunity for you to spend time practising some of these skills on your own bike.

There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch that you can eat cold. We encourage you to bring a flask with a hot drink but we can make you one if needed.


Please do not attend if:

  • You or anyone in your household are suffering from any one of the following COVID-19 symptoms: new continuous cough, fever, loss of taste or smell.
  • You have been told to self-isolate.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer attend (see 'Cancellations' below).

What to expect

This session will take place indoors inside the Leeds Bike Mill workshop. There will be 1 (or occasionally 2) tutors and a maximum of 4 participants. Please wear a face covering at all times when inside the building, unless you are exempt (please inform us beforehand if this is the case).

You will each have your own workstand and set of tools and we ask that you maintain a distance from others in the workshop. Windows will be open for ventilation; for this reason please make sure you bring a warm layer. We will provide nitrile gloves (or barrier cream if you’re unable to wear gloves) and aprons. Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser are available. There is a toilet.

There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch that you can eat cold. We encourage you to bring a flask with a hot drink but we can make you one if needed.


Our workshop is on the first floor up a flight of stairs. The tutor will offer to carry your bike upstairs however if you have accessibility requirements that mean you would be unable to access a session on the first floor, please contact Leeds Bike Mill to let us know as we do have the option of booking a ground floor space to run a session in. This would need to be arranged in advance so please hold off booking a place until you have spoken to us.

There is some limited free car parking outside the workshop and payable parking in nearby streets.

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Free socially distant cycle training is being made available to help more people living and working in West Yorkshire to travel by bike.

The cycle training scheme is being delivered as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, which is aimed at enabling more people to travel by bike and on foot, in partnership with local authorities.

Whether people are looking to learn to ride for the first time or if they want to get back on a bike having not cycled in years - or want to develop their skills and confidence riding on the road - there is a session for everyone.

Those wanting to make regular journeys by bike, such as commuting to a workplace or college, one-one advanced or commuter sessions will be offered. From journey planning to cycling in traffic, and tackling busy junctions and roundabouts, these sessions will give people the skills and confidence to travel anywhere by bike.

A basic cycle maintenance session covering puncture repairs and minor adjustments and a full day course for people who wish to take on more complex maintenance and save money on simpler repairs.

The sessions will be available at venues across West Yorkshire to anyone aged 16 plus. Bikes will be available for those without their own.

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