5BBC - New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club


It's all about the bike. With our classes, you can learn how to buy a bike, how to keep it in good condition, and how to fix problems on the road.

Bike Repair Course

Dates:July 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place:Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street), Manhattan, in the back yard.

Do you reach for your Metrocard or MTA Bike Permit, when you get a flat? Are you contemplating getting a new bike because your saddle isn't comfortable? Do you run to the bike shop, when you notice your brakes are rubbing? Do you Fedex your wheels back to their maker, when you notice a wobble? Is your cell phone the only bike took you know how to use?

The chances are that you would benefit from a bike repair course. Met Council's Bike Committee gave such a course. The 5BBC will bring back this 4 part course to show that bike repair is still a simple task. The sessions are two hours long and limited to 10 students. This will give students ample time not only to see the demonstrations but to touch and feel as well.

The first session will cover the basics of tools, bicycle comfort adjustments, fixing a flat tire and an in depth two minute bike check. The second session will cover brakes: cable adjustment; pad/shoe replacement; cable replacement and centering. Wheel truing will also be shown. The third session will cover the drive chain: chain cleaning and replacement; chainwheels; freewheels and freehubs. The last session will cover bearings: hubs; bottom bracket; pedals and headset.

This course is FREE for 5BBC members.
If you're not a club member, you can fix that here.
Registration for this course IS required. Contact Beth at bikecourse@5bbc.org

Beth Katz
Bicycle Course Coordinator

Recommended Reading

Bike Repair Manual by Chris Sidwells, published in 2004 by DK publishing, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. The book is available at the 5BBC.

Rodale Press (1-800-666-2806, the publishers of Bicycling Magazine) has excellent reference materials: Bicycling Tips for Quick and Easy Tune-ups and Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair by Jim Langley.

Jim Langley also wrote what may be the best online source for basic bike repair and maintenance. Best of all, it's free.

Anyone interested in bike repairs should also take a look at Sheldon Brown's articles.