British Cycling is hosting a beginner's guide to bike maintenance and repairs at Edgbaston Cricket Ground this month.
The workshops, delivered by Peter ‘Spike’ Taylor, former GB Cycling Team head mechanic, will take place over the two days of the weekend of November 12 and 13.
The Beginner Workshop is a half-day course for new cyclists with little or no experience of maintaining a bike and offers an introduction to bike anatomy, riding position, puncture repair, brake and gear maintenance as well as oiling, cleaning and component care.
Peter Taylor, at Pro Tool School, said: “There is nothing difficult about basic bike maintenance and the workshops are designed to teach new and regular cyclists some simple techniques to give them the confidence to do the job themselves, saving them time and money.”
The workshops, which cost £65 to attend, are delivered are open to cyclists of all ages and abilities.
There is no need to bring your own bike or tools, refreshments will be provided and anyone who registers for a workshop will automatically receive British Cycling Ride membership worth £24 free of charge.
Carole Matthewman, who attended the Beginners Workshop in Manchester, said: “The course did exactly what it said on the tin and was aimed at just the right level. It was engaging, good humoured and combined demonstrations with a hands-on approach which is the best way to learn.
“Things I once thought of as being really hard such as taking off a rear wheel and sorting a puncture were made easy with a little know-how from Spike. I have come away from the course safe in the knowledge that next time I am out on my bike and have a problem I won't have to rely upon a Good Samaritan.”
Simon Wilson, who attended the Intermediate Workshop in Manchester, said: “I consider myself a pretty experienced cyclist, yet I still learnt an awful lot. The content and delivery were fantastic. Spike and Ian were just brilliant and pitched the session perfectly. At no point did we feel patronised or unable to ask questions.”
For more information about the workshops and to book a place, click here or call 0161 274 2049.