How to fix bikes and influence your commute

Mar 10, 2016 | News

If you’re looking for some help, knowledge and support keeping your bike in top form, come to the VGH Cycling Centre for the 2016 Bike Maintenance Seminars. Five weekly sessions will be delivered by experts who can answer your questions and assist you in building your bike smarts. The sessions include;

1. Adjust/Replace Gear Cables
2. Flat Tire CSI – Diagnostics & repair of bike flats
3. Fit Your Bike to Your Body
4. Chain & Spoke Repair – Truing a wheel
5. Maintain/Replace Disk Brake Pads

These weekly seminars will take place in the afternoons (4:30-5:15pm) and start in the first week of April. Registrations will be collected for both Mondays and Wednesdays and either/both days will become ‘official’ once six people have registered. (For optimum assistance, class size will cap at nine people.)

Passes will be sold as a package of five sessions: $45 for members of the VGH Cycling Centre, $70 for non-members. Passes will be transferable i.e. you can send a friend to a session if you aren’t able to attend. Participants must work for one of the Health Authorities – or sign-up with a friend/family member who is HA staff.

To register;
• sign-up for Monday afternoons (April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2) or Wednesday afternoons (April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4)
• be prepared to pay by credit card or bank withdrawal (no charges will be made until five others have signed up for the same date)

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1. Adjust/Replace Gear Cables
Winter and wet riding take a lot out of your cables. Learn how to inspect, lubricate & change gear cables to smoothen your winter ride. Bonus: Learn how to set derailleurs properly so that your gears shift smoothly without jumping or skipping.
2. Flat Tire CSI – Diagnostics & repair of bike flats
Was it glass, a nail, jumping a curb, a pesky spoke head? Being able to identify the cause of a flat tire is key to preventing the next one! This interactive workshop will challenge you to diagnose the most common causes – then repair them.
3. Fit Your Bike to Your Body
'You'll get used to it!' is no way to deal with minor back, neck or shoulder pain or numbness from straining to reach ill-fitted handlebars & seat posts.
Don’t let nagging pain reduce your cycling enjoyment and endurance. Learn how to adjust your bike to suit your own body proportions.
4. Chain & Spoke Repair – Truing a wheel
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link! Learn how to care for your chain, when it is worn out, and how to identify and remove a bad link. Learn how to size and install a new spoke, and the basics of straightening your wheel.
5. Maintain/Replace Disk Brake Pads
Learn how to replace and set disk brake pads properly so that your bike stops whenever you need it to!

Questions? Please contact Arthur at the VGH Cycling Centre by email at Arthur.Orsini@vch.ca

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