Beginner Bike Repair Course
Offered monthly, our Beginner Bicycle Repair course for youth (16+) and adults is a great way to begin learning how to repair and maintain your bike yourself, or to brush up on rusty repair skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes and can expect plenty of hands-on learning!
The class meets the first three Sundays of every month, with some exceptions for holidays and special events. Each class starts at 6pm (please arrive 15 minutes early) and runs approximately two hours long.
Week 1: Getting to know your bicycle with the ABC Quick Check
Learn the components of the bicycle, what they do, and how to recognize when they’re not working properly. You will also learn how to identify major mechanical safety hazards and other early warning signs that a bike is due for repair.
Week 2: Fixing Flat Tires & Roadside Repair
Learn what causes tires to go flat, how to repair a flat, and a few other handy techniques for getting your bike back on the road when an incident occurs. You will also learn to identify the various parts of a wheel, how to properly glue a tire patch, and how to spot the danger signs that a tire is worn out and needs replacing.
Week 3: Intro to Bicycle Adjustments & Basic Fitting
A properly fitting and adjusted bike is key for efficiency, comfort, control, and confidence. Week three introduces participants to bike adjustments and basic fitting. Learn how to set your bike up so it fits you like a glove and is a breeze to ride.
Classes typically run the first 3 Sundays of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Holidays and special events may result in scheduling changes on a case-by-case basis. Can’t make all three classes? We’re flexible with scheduling make-up dates, email us if this is an issue.
All class dates may be subject to change.
$50.00 for all three classes, $40.00 for WEbike members and students.
No one is turned away for lack of funds. If cost is a barrier, we can help – click HERE to email us and let us know you’d like to attend.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes to every class.
We require a minimum of four participants to hold a class. Classes under the minimum will be cancelled or rescheduled at the discretion of our staff. Encourage your friends and family to sign up together!
Maximum 8 participants per class.
Dates don’t work for you? Want women’s only, youth only, LGBTQ only class? Or a private class for just your friends or in your work-place? Contact us.
Advanced Drop-In Clinics
Learn how to service specific bicycle components in a hands-on workshop. Classes are taught by Oliver Swainson, our professional mechanic and Mechanical Education Coordinator. Tools will be provided. Topics rotate each week and run every Wednesday at 6pm until 8pm with some exceptions for holidays and special events. Space is limited to ten participants per class so book ahead to ensure your spot. Please arrive 15 minutes early so that class can start on time.
Cost is $15 for Bike Windsor Essex Members and $20 for general public. Volunteer opportunities are available to waive the entry fee. More details to come, or contact us via email for more information.
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for generously funding this program.