Bike mechanic Courses

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You ride your bicycle every day, but how well do you actually know it? Do you want to show it your devoted love and how to diagnose technical problems on time? Our bike mechanic classes will give you a better overall understanding of your bike how it works, and how to use the right tools. At Het Atelier Participatif we offer the following :  

  1. Attend our general introduction classes for beginners
  2. Attend our classes on the maintenance and adjustment of specific bike components for amateurs
  3. Ask for a personalised and practical workshop applied on your own bike
  4. A self-organised workshop with a group of people

If are looking for a job and want to become a professional bike mechanic, see if you match the conditions of our socio-professional trajectory called DyNAMO (only in French).

Beginners: understanding and taking care of my bike

Want to get to know your bike, make it last longer and learn how to enjoy it even more? Show your bike how much you love it by attending this course!

  • Beginners 1. Get to know your bike What actually happens when I pedal, squeeze my brake levers or pull my shifters? ; What is the right name for each component and what's their main function? Let's get your hands dirty!; How to enjoy the hilly side of Brussels; tyre advice ; the drivetrain's do's and don'ts; Ergonomics; body position in relation to your saddle, handlebar and pedals.
  • Beginners 2. ​Taking care of my bike What's that strange noise each time you pedal? Learn how to check your bike for wear and tear; What’s inside a bike mechanic hobbyist toolkit and how to handle it? Get some tips and tricks from a pro; Daily bike care; Finally face enemy number one of every bike tour: a puncture: how to fix an inner tube, on-the-side-of-the-road-style!

When? The classes are on Tuesday or Thursday evening (6-8PM) or on Saturday morning (10:30AM-12:30PM)
Check for more info and the 2020 calendar
How? 
Registration is mandatory
€40 2x 2h (registration and payment on the spot)
€42,04 for online registration and payment

Please note that there is no refund policy and no changes are made after 14 days before the course.

Oh yeah bring your bike with you. It will come handy for careful observation. 

Amateurs: maintenance and adjustments

You are comfortable with tools and want to build up your bicycle mechanics skills.  Or you followed our beginners class and want to become even more velonomous. Time to take a look at the different bike components in depth and exercise their maintenance and adjustments:

  • All about your wheels A wheel isn't just a wheel! In this class you will get to know the most common types and sizes of rims, tyres and tubes and even learn how to change a spoke.
  • All about your gears Discover what type of gear helps you climbing that Mont des Arts. Learn to understand its mechanics, how to tune a rear derailleur and how to replace worn cables.
  • All about your brakes Stopping is as important as pedalling! During this class discover what type of brakes make your bike stop, learn to understand their mechanics and how to make those pads squeeze well!
  • All about your bearings Discover the beauty of a bearing system, in which parts of your bike they are hidden and what makes those rings and balls so crucial.

When? The classes are on Tuesday or Thursday evening (6-8PM) or on Saturday morning (10:30AM-12:30PM)

Check for more info and the 2020 calendar

How? Registration is mandatory
€80 for 4x 4h (for registration and payment on the spot)
€83,50 for online registration and payment.

Please note that there is no refund policy and no changes are made after 14 days before the course.

Don't forget to bring your bike with you. We won't fix broken parts during class, but we'll use it for observation and diagnostics.

Workshop on demand

We also offer practical masterclass workshops, executed on your own bike, with 1 on 1 coaching. Pick (or propose) a subject from the list below, send us your availability and if possible add some technical info of the bike you want to work on. Our regular offer consists of:

  • fixing a puncture
  • replacing the transmission of your bike
  • adjustment of your bicycle gears and replacing its cables
  • bleeding of hydraulic disc brakes
  • wheel building

By appointment only
€40 /hour 
Note that this prices are only an indication and refer to the existing offer. Extra preparation can make the prices go up.

Organise a workshop

You represent a school or a non-profit organisation and you’re in search for a bike mechanics introduction workshop? Invite the CycloLokal team at your place.

Or come with your group, friends or colleagues to our workshop and attend real bike mechanical classes together. Send us an e-mail to tell us more about your group, the number of people, your availability and which subjects you’re interested in. Together we’ll sort out the possibilities!