Frame and Internal Systems Classes
Free Ride offers these drop-in classes on frames and internal systems, in addition to the 6 basic drop-in classes. We offer these classes for those people who want to develop their skills working with the frame itself as well as the systems and components that operate inside of the frame.
These classes also offer a strong benefit to the general health of Free Ride, an opportunity for shop users, volunteers and staffers to learn how to use the more elaborate tools in the shop without damaging them.
Frames and internal systems classes are scheduled one session per topic, per season, i.e. one of each in Spring, one of each in Summer, one of each in Autumn. Check the calendar for more details on available dates.
Class duration and structure
Each class is 2 hours long. Classes include discussion on key concepts and hands-on practice using tools and parts in the shop.
Cost for each class
Classes cost $15.00 each. Nobody will be turned away due lack of funds.
To help make classes more affordable, we have alternate methods to pay for classes:
- Alternate payment by volunteering: Complete 2 hours of volunteering prior to the class. We consider 2 hours of volunteering as equivalent work-trade for each two hour mechanics class.
- Alternate payment based on government assistance: Individuals with ACCESS or SNAP/EBT cards may lack both funds and time, so they may take classes at no fee just by showing their cards.
Just show up a few minutes early. No advanced registration is needed.
Learn how to measure and cut a fork to fit and how to adjust, repack and replace both threaded and threadless headsets.
Learn how to measure all aspects of the bottom bracket for compatibility. We will remove and replace cartridge bottom brackets and re-pack adjustable bottom brackets.
Frames and Forks
Learn how to measure and correct bent drop-outs and asymmetrical chainstays and how to tap and face bottom bracket shells.
The cost of each Drop-In Class is $15 (cash only, please) or 2 volunteer hours. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Payment is due at the beginning of the class. If you are volunteering please come in during our Volunteer Night or Open Shop hours prior to the class. During Volunteer Night or Open Shop you will record your completed volunteer hours. You must complete your volunteer hours before you come to the class!
There is no registration for the drop-in classes. Just show up. On time is several minutes before class begins – everyone has to sign in and pay for class. The first 10 people will be admitted. All classes start promptly at 2:00pm or 4:30pm on Sundays or 6:30pm on weekdays (look at the calendar to confirm there is a class). Doors will be locked 10 min after start time, so please don’t be late.
Wednesday nights classes are for women, transgendered, queer and femme folks ONLY!
To see the 2011 Drop-In Class Schedule go to our calendar