RideWise Cycle Maintenance and Repair Workshops

RideWise have announced details of their basic and advanced cycle maintenance workshops.

RideWise is a Nottingham based charity whose aim is to help and encourage as many people as possible to get on a bike and safely enjoy this wonderful form of transport. Workshops are held at The Lenton Centre, Willoughby Street, Lenton, NG7 1RQ and everyone is welcome to book a place.

They are a ‘not for profit’ organisation so charges are just enough to cover costs.

The next workshops will be –

 Sunday  24th April 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm

Cycle set up and puncture repair.

£15 per session

 Sunday 15th May 2016

10.00am – 12.00pm 

 Brakes, cables and gears.

£15 per session

Contact Vera@ridewise.org.uk

for information on dates. 

 ADVANCED Cycle Maintenance. 

(2 workshops of 4.5 hours each, over 2 consecutive weeks)  


£80 in total.

Workshop Content

Cycle set up and puncture repair.

The “M” check :  an easy to remember safety check which should be done before going out on your bike and for when you are out and about, how to mend Punctures. You will find out how to locate a puncture and repair it and the importance of using the correct tyre pressures.

This session also covers getting the bike set up to fit YOU – this makes riding much more comfortable and takes very little effort. Not to be missed!!!

Brakes, cables and gears.

Brakes : you can find out what type of brake system is on your bike and how to adjust brake pads to cure a squeaky brake and replace worn brake pads.  The workshop also looks at positioning and maintenance of cables, levers, pads, etc.

Gears : This bit sounds a bit more mechanical but it’s not too technical.  The instructor will be talking about types of gear systems, how they are set up and about maintenance of levers, cables, changers, drive chain, etc.


Attendees receive 8-9 hours of expert instruction to make adjustments and repairs and avoiding Bike Shop labour costs and reducing the cost of parts. As a result this course could save in excess of £80 on the items marked with a * on the list below, as compared to high street cycle shop charges.

The main topics will be some or all of the following, depending on demand:

  • Hub Gears – check/adjustment of Sturmey Archer 3 speed; Nexus 7; Alfine 9; Alfine 11.
  • Cassette –  Replacement of 8/9/10/11 speed Shimano / SRAM cassette / Campagnolo
  • Chain – correct length / replacement
  • Disc Pads – adjustment of cable operated / replacement
  • Suspension – adjustment of front and rear air suspension systems
  • Hydraulic disc brakes – bleeding.

If you have any questions, please contact Vera Cerri at RideWise:  0115 9552288

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