We are often asked where people can learn to maintain their bikes. It’s a constantly changing picture, but there are now quite a few possibilities, especially if you start at the right time. Here’s an update for summer and autumn 2011:
Outspoken cycle couriers have branched out in many directions and have become an influential organisation for cyclists in Cambridge in recent years. Among their ventures are new one-day cycle maintenance courses at basic and intermediate level. Outspoken offers a discount of 20% to Cycling Campaign members for these courses, which would repay your membership immediately! The reduced cost is £36.
The next courses are on Saturdays 13 August and 3 September for basic and Sundays 14 August and 4 September for intermediate.
If what you need is not so much instruction but tools and space to maintain your bike, Reworks in Harvest Way (off Newmarket Road near the Elizabeth Way roundabout) may be able to help. Reworks is a community space for art, cycling and sustainability, and every Wednesday and Saturday between 11am and 5pm they run bike workshops. Some tuition is available along with the tools you would need.
Hills Road Sixth Form College
As part of its adult education programme, Hills Road offers two bike maintenance courses most terms. They are run by John Claydon. The next ones are an introductory course on Saturday 15 October and an advanced course on 12 November, both 10am to 2pm. Each costs £25.