Our Drop-In Classes can be taken individually and with no advanced registration.
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.
Tubes, tires and flats
In this intro to the course we will discuss tube and tire selection and sizing, and have a thorough exercise in patching a flat.
Hubs and bearings
An introduction to cup and cone bearing systems. We will disassemble, clean and reassemble the hub of a wheel.
How to prepare your wheel and make spoke nipple adjustment to make a lateral true and straighten the rim of your wheel.
Learn how to remove, clean and fit a chain, how to remove freewheels and cassette and replace a chainring.
Brakes, Cables and Housings
Learn how to replace your cables and housings and how to make the basic adjustments to make your brakes work better.
Demystify one of the more complex components of your bicycle by learning its basic adjustments.
Special Topics Classes
Single Speed Conversions
A discussion of the many factors in converting your old multi-speed bike to a single-speed. Learn how to measure chainline and respace a rear hub.
A comprehensive review of this dynamic component from the drivetrain system.
In addition to learning how to adjust headsets, you will learn how to overhaul and replace threaded headsets and how to measure and cut a fork.
Learn how to use the tools to maintain the symmetry of your frame and the integrity of your tubing and threads.
Wheel Building 1
In this Part I class we will measure dimensions on hubs and rims in order to calculate proper spoke length.
Wheel Building 2
In this Part II class we will lace and tension wheels.
The cost of each Drop-In Class is $15 (cash only, please) or 2 volunteer hours. ($25 or 3 volunteer hours for Wheel Building II) 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 (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.
To see the current Drop-In Class Schedule go to our calendar