|Frank Bede and Logan with their certificates plus Keir standing in for Isaac.|
A few weeks ago me (Isaac), Bede, Logan and Frank attended a bike maintenance course at Cycle Systems in Islington where we learned key basic skills including how to repair punctures and setting up and adjusting gears, cables and brakes. We could work on bikes provided by Cycle Systems or our own bikes. The day started off with a very thorough M-check which covered the basic M-check but in much more detail. With M Checks complete we learnt about punctures and how to fix and replace inner tubes a skill we perfected with some practice. We then shifted our focus to brakes and were taught how to replace brake shoes and brake blocks which led us up to lunch. We followed lunch perfecting the skills we learned setting up brakes correctly. These skills took some of us a while to master! We spent the remainder of the day's course adjusting gears and gear cables.
This course really helped build my confidence with bike mechanics and I'm sure the same goes for everyone else who took the course. Thank you to Cycle Systems and Interlinkx for giving us this fantastic opportunity.
There may be more opportunities coming up for our youth riders to take part in a maintenance course - let the coaches know if you are interested.