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Basic Bike Maintenance Series - Brakes

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Date and Time

Thursday, January 31, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


  • GVSU Bike Shop/ Ravines Center


Bikes, as with any vehicle, should be serviced regularly.  Anyone who rides a bike should know how to handle a few basic maintenance tasks such as how to replace worn brake pads and change a flat tire.  Not only will simple things like these make your bike safer, they also make riding your bike more enjoyable, and could save you an expensive bill from a shop.  The topics we'll cover don't require being a master mechanic and most can be done with simple tools you likely already have (or can acquire for a couple bucks from the hardware store).

Join one of our experienced mechanics for any of the introductory workshops listed below and have your bike tuned-up and rolling smoothly by springtime!

    Thursday, Jan. 24 -  Wheels (changing a flat and basic truing) 

    Thursday, Jan. 31 - Brakes
Do your bikes brakes work well enough to cause the wheels to skid on flat, dry pavement?  If not, your bike needs attention.  The second in our maintenance series covers a very important safety topic that we notice at our shop is commonly neglected for far too long.  Participants in this session will learn about troubleshooting brakes including replacing and adjusting both the pads as well as cables.  This session will focus primarily on rim-type brakes as opposed to disc brakes.

    Thursday, Feb. 7 - Shifters & Chain (adjusting front/ rear derailleurs & chain replacement)
    Thursday, Feb. 14 - Handlebars & Headset (adjusting handlebar height, steer angle, and headset bearings)
    Thursday, Feb. 21 - Pedals & Bottom Bracket (Replacing pedals/ crank arms & adjusting bottom bracket bearings)
    Thursday, Feb. 28 - Basic Bike Fit (Fine tuning saddle height, angle, fore/aft positioning, & handlebar height)

A desire to know more about the inner-workings of bicycles.  No mechanical experience, tools, or bike needed (but feel free to bring tools or a bike to work on).  The GVSU Bike Shop can provide everything.

Each session is $5

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