- Even if you are like me and you are hesitant when it comes to DIY (even putting up a photo frame on my wall seems a little scary to me!)
- Even if you have minimum space in your home (Londoners take note!)
- Even if you are worried that your wheel will come flying off after a repair
- Even if you’ve tried before and struggled
How do you want your next bike ride to sound?
When I first started cycling, I didn’t even know how to repair a puncture. I’d simply ride to work, hoping that I wouldn’t get one. When the inevitable puncture arrived (always on a rainy day, when I was running late) I’d have to lock up my bike and take the bus to work.
I put up with this for a while, but eventually other problems started creeping up on me. When I’d start pedalling, the chain wouldn’t catch and I’d slip forward on the pedals. I started having to pull my breaks really far back for them to bring the bike to a halt. It was ruining the enjoyment of my morning commute.
I took my bike to a local bike shop and tried my best to describe the problems I was having. They told me the bike was in need of a service and it would likely be over £100. This just wasn’t the kind of money I had available at the time. I decided it was time to teach myself bike maintenance.
Time to hop on YouTube?
I jumped on YouTube and found a wealth of videos explaining bike repairs. I even bought myself no less than six bicycle maintenance books. I tried my best to follow the advice, but I never really cracked it. I remember flicking through a bike maintenance book and looking at it blankly thinking is “it just me who doesn’t get this stuff”?
The videos and books covered a wide area, but they didn’t do a good job of tying everything together in to an easy method I could follow.
Eventually, with my confidence battered, I gave up. I thought “I’ll look at this stuff again one day” and then never really did.
A chance discovery
One day, I stumbled across a weekend course on bike maintenance. It was expensive, at nearly £200. The sheer sight of that price tag made me nauseous. This isn’t something I’d normally do, but I took the plunge and followed the course.
Suddenly, everything clicked in to place for me.
It was like the veil had been lifted to a whole new world of things I could easily maintain myself.
The course gave me an easy system I could follow, to maintain my bike at home. Where previously I was left scratching my head, I was now able to identify problems with my bike and take the right steps to repair them. More importantly, it gave me the confidence I was previously lacking, to maintain my own bike.
I have to show this to readers of London Cyclist
I’d struggled with maintaining my own bike for a long time and suddenly that was no longer something I had to worry about.
After the course, I knew this was something I had to share with London Cyclist readers.
However, £200 is a lot of money, and not everyone has the time to travel to far corners of London to attend a course.
Instead, I wanted a course that someone could attend from the comfort of their own home. It should be designed in such a way, that even at a quick glance, people should come away with a load of great insights. After a just a single weekend, cyclists should feel confident with maintaining their own bike.
To create such a great course, would mean finding a great instructor. Someone that could explain things in a way that even a complete beginner could understand. Fortunately, through the London Bike Kitchen, I met the instructor Tom.
Tom had taught 100s of cyclists about bike maintenance. He had a way of explaining that made it obvious. It’s a skill he’d honed after much experience.
Tom liked the idea and that’s how it came to be.
How to save £100 per year on bike maintenance
(+ what bike shops won’t tell you)
Take a look at a typical bike maintenance bill:
Puncture repair: £13.95
Wheel true: £18.95
Adjusting gears and brakes: £35
Cassette and chain replacement: £55
Total bill: £122.90
These are all typical repairs that you can easily do at home. Think of all the money you can regularly save.
Plus, you avoid the usual frustrations with bike shops:
- You don’t have to be without your bike for 24 hours or often more. You can fix your bike as and when problems occur and even better, you can spot them before they become an issue.
- Don’t have to worry whether the bike shop has messed up your repair.
What bike shops won’t tell you, is that they don’t make that much money on bike maintenance. They’d much rather sell you a new bike instead.
Shockingly, some of the chain bike shops actually give their mechanics a commission per bicycle service completed. That gives them an incentive to rush repairs!
I’m certainly not saying all bike shops are like that, and I know of some fantastic local bike shops where I would trust my bike any day.
However, I enjoy knowing that if something goes wrong with my bike, I can fix it the same day.
But what happens if I mess up my repairs?
A typical fear that stops people from maintaining their bike themselves is worrying about messing up the repairs. It’s a very valid fear and one that I’ve always had.
I’ve always had these comical images in my mind of pedalling down the road and a wheel suddenly flying off. Plus, I can’t help but think of the embarrassment of having to take my bike in to be repaired after having messed things up at home.
Fortunately, as is so often the case, these fears have been proven completely unfounded. In fact, after years of maintaining my bike myself, the only embarrassment I’ve ever had, is that I put a new tyre on back to front. This meant more of the water was splashing on to me. Hardly the worst thing ever!
The good news is that you can perform a very quick and simple check to be sure your bike is safe to ride. It’s called the M-Check and it is the first thing explained inside the course. It takes a maximum of 5 minutes to perform and at the end of it, you’ll know your bike is road worthy.
Also, as any cyclist will know, bikes like to complain through squeaks and creaks. Therefore, you’ll quickly know if an adjustment needs looking at again.
The £20 tool kit that will allow you to do 70% of the repairs
Bike maintenance tools can be expensive. However, even with a basic £20 set of bike maintenance tools, you can complete 70% of the repairs inside the course.
The basic kit includes: A set of Allen keys (£3.25), screwdriver (£1.50), chain tool (£6), lubricant and grease (£9).
Then, as time goes on, and you get more and more excited about bike maintenance, you’ll want to add extra tools to your cupboard.
Even if you don’t have that much space at home
Not everyone has access to a garage or a garden. However, there are some excellent ways you can work on your bike, even in the smallest of flats. You just need to set things up correctly. Inside the course you’ll discover exactly how to maintain your bike at home, even if you feel you don’t have the space.
Take a look inside the Weekend Bike Maintenance Course
When you sign up, you’ll get instant access to 14 HD videos walking you through different areas of bike maintenance. There are also 3 bonus PDFs and a quick start guide so you can get started as quickly as possible.
Here’s a breakdown of the contents:
An incredibly quick and easy check you can perform in 5 minutes to see if your bike is road worthy and discover any potential problem areas you need to look at.
How to easily adjust your gears so that they instantly respond when you change gear. Also, find out how to replace an old frayed cable, which is the most frequent cause of delayed gear changing.
It’s important to have well-adjusted brakes for safe cycling. After going through this section, when your brake is pulled 2/3rds of the way down, your brakes will be fully engaged. Also, find out when your pads are worn out and how you can replace them.
If you’ve ever had a clicking sound from your chain as it passes the front derailleur, this is your chance to get it properly adjusted. You’ll see exactly how to adjust your derailleur so that your chain stays in the right position. This section also covers replacing the gear cable.
A frequent source of irritating noises, we’ll show you how to care for your seat post, so that it gives you many years of good service.
One of the most frequent areas for maintenance is the bicycle chain. This video demonstrates how to clean a chain and how to replace it when it becomes worn.
Find out how to adjust and replace your pedals. One of the most beneficial upgrades you can do for your bike.
When you turn your handlebars do they turn smoothly or in notches? You can learn how to service both a threaded and a threadless type headset here.
Worn out cassettes can cause cyclists lots of problems, such as chains that slip as soon as you try to pedal. This video clearly demonstrates how you can easily replace your cassette.
Crank and bottom bracket
Getting a creak as you pedal uphill? There’s a strong possibility it is your bottom bracket. The ones installed with most mid-range bikes are usually not of the highest standard and require replacement. In this section you’ll see that even this “complicated” repair, can actually be done by anyone at home, as you long as you follow the right steps.
With all the potholes around, it’s inevitable our bicycle wheels go out of true the more we ride. To get them back in the correct alignment, you can spend a few minutes truing them. Once you’ve been shown how to do it, it can actually be quite relaxing!
We tackle the cyclists arch enemy and show you how you don’t need to walk to the nearest bike shop to repair a puncture and pay £13.95, you can do it yourself in 10 minutes.
Most cyclists are riding around with a badly adjusted bike. This means sweatier pedalling, as each pedal stroke is an additional effort. It can also mean a painful back and arms. We cover the most important adjustments for proper bike fitting.
Inside the bonus content
We also included three bonus guides:
Fast puncture repair secrets: The best way to prevent punctures and how to become the fastest puncture repairer in the whole of London.
Emergency bike maintenance: Unleash your inner MacGuiver with our roadside repairs guide. You’ll even discover how to create an emergency bike lock, if you’ve left yours at home.
Bike maintenance schedule: Never again think about what maintenance you have to do, by using our bike maintenance schedule.
Who this course is for
- If you want to save money on bike repairs (even a simple puncture repair costs £13.95)
- If you want to spot problems on your bike before they become an issue
- If you want a squeak and creak free bike
- If you’d like to be proud of maintaining your bike yourself (and you are willing to accept that your friends will start coming to you for bike maintenance advice!)
- If you’d like your bike maintenance to become a relaxing experience rather than a chore
- If you want your bike to last you many years
Who this course isn’t for
- Anyone that is unwilling to invest £20 for a basic bike maintenance toolkit
- Note that the course currently doesn’t cover hub gears (common on folding bikes) and Campagnolo components (not that common on most bikes). Though Campagnolo components often follow a fairly similar set of repair instructions.
Try the Weekend Bike Maintenance
course risk free for a full 60 days
I’m certain that what you’ll learn inside will pay for itself at LEAST 5 times over in the coming year. Go through this course and see for yourself. If you don’t save a load of money on bike shop repairs and you don’t gain the confidence to start repairing your bike yourself, then I’ll issue you a full refund. No questions asked.
This guarantee lasts a full 60 days. That gives you plenty of time to have a good look through. I’m offering this unbeatable guarantee because I truly want this to be a no brainer for you. Put it to use, if you don’t love it, email me and I’ll refund 100% of your money.
Get instant access now for just £20 ($31.83)
P.S. Normally courses such as this one cost £200 to attend. You can follow the course online whenever you wish as you have a lifetime membership.