Back again by popular demand! The Park Tool School, a bicycle repair and maintenance course designed specifically for the home mechanic, taught by your very own professional mechanics and Mello Velo! The method of instruction is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on labs — plus we keep you caffeinated and/or well fed!
We have restructured our a classes a bit and are proud to offer a few new courses and additional session times! So if you’ve always wanted to learn how to fix your own bike — or know someone who does — now’s your chance to learn (or give the perfect gift for the holidays)!
Below are descriptions of our classes and tentative dates, but if there are specific requests, we can tailor a class to your skill level and interests. Just stop by, shoot us an email, or call.
FLAT FIX CLINIC (one 1.5-hour session): $19.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Make it a Deluxe package for $59.99 and you’ll get a Serfas Seatbag CK-4 Repair Kit (a $50 value) in addition.
Do you want to learn how to fix a flat tire? What causes flats and how to prevent them? Learn the basics of bicycle maintenance as we go over tire and tube service on different types of bikes.
INTRO TO BIKE MAINTENANCE (one 6-hour session -OR- three 2-hour sessions): $95.99 — Includes Park Tool’s Big Book of Bicycle Repair (a $24.99 value) + 25% off tools and either: 1 cafe lunch of your choice + coffee (6-hr session) –OR– 3 cafe drinks of your choice (2-hr sessions). Make it a Deluxe package for $349.99 and you’ll get a Park Tool Shop Apron and the Park Tool AK-37 Tool Kit (a $375 value) in addition.
Get your hands dirty learning critical maintenance tips and more. This class builds upon the basics like bike “anatomy”, tire and tube service, and when and where to lubricate your bike. See demonstrations, discuss and perform brake service, and simple gear adjustments. Areas of the bike that will be discussed:
- Tire and Tube Service
- Bike Cleaning and Washing
- Cable Tension: Derailleur Systems and Rim Caliper Brake Systems Overview
- Hub, Rear Sprockets & Headsets Overview
- Chains, Cranks & Bottom Brackets Overview
- Safety Check
- On-Ride Repairs and Bike Wash
INTERMEDIATE BIKE MAINTENANCE (two 5-hour sessions): $124.99 — Includes Park Tool’s Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (a $24.99 value) + 25% off tools, and 2 cafe lunches of your choice. Make it a Deluxe package for $374.99 and you’ll get a Park Tool Shop Apron and the Park Tool AK-37 Tool Kit (a $375 value) in addition.
This class will cover content similar to the basic shop tune-up. This class is a great option for someone who has tried basic repairs. Students should have some familiarity with the topics presented, but not necessarily have experience. Areas of the bike that will be discussed:
- Basic Bicycle Maintenance
- Tires & Tubes
- Hub, Rear Sprockets & Headsets
- Wheel Truing & Pedals
- Chains, Cranks & Bottom Brackets
- Derailleur Systems
- Rim Caliper Brake Systems
- Caliper Disc Brake Systems
- Frame & Fork, Suspension
- On-Ride Repairs and Bike Wash
BASIC WHEEL TRUING (one 1-2-hour session): $19.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Take both Basic Wheel Truing and Wheel Building classes for the combo price of $60.
Rims, Hubs, Spokes, Nipples — oh my! Learn the basics of wheel truing and spoke replacement, plus on-the-go tips and tricks.
WHEEL BUILDING (one 2-3-hour session): $49.99 — Includes 1 cafe drink of your choice + 25% off tools. Take bothWheel Building and Basic Wheel Truing classes for the combo price of $60.
This class has been often requested. Dreaming of building your own wheelset? Starting from component selection and calculation, to lacing, tensioning, truing, and dishing — build a wheel hands-on. Students are required to take the Basic Wheel Truing Class, or should otherwise be able to demonstrate proficiency. Wheel deals for those who want to build a pair of wheels to take home.
2014 Course Schedule:
Group Size is limited to 5 per session, REGISTER NOW (email or call 315-307-3104) to reserve your spot!
FLAT FIX CLINIC:
Clinics offered MONDAYS 5:30-7pm, on the following dates:
- January: 6, 27
- February: 3, 24
- March: 3, 17
INTRO TO BIKE MAINTENANCE:
One 6-hour Session: Sunday, January 19, 10am-4pm (or)
Three 2-hour Sessions: TUESDAYS 5:30-7:30pm, on the following dates:
- [Group Session One] January: 7, 14, 21
- [Group Session Two] February: 4, 11, 18
INTERMEDIATE BIKE MAINTENANCE:
Two 5-hour Sessions on SUNDAYS, 10am-3pm, on the following dates:
- [Group Session One] February: 2, 9
- [Group Session Two] March: 2, 9
BASIC WHEEL TRUING:
THURSDAY, February 6, 5:30-7:30pm
THURSDAY, February 13, 5:30-8:30pm