Day 1: Fixing flats and re-conditioning hubs
Day 2. Headsets and bottom brackets
Day 3. Brakes & wheel truing
Day 4. Drivetrain: Chains & derailleurs.
Day 5. Final details and test drive.
Our instructors Ash & Kristen were very knowledgable and patient with us while we struggled with adjusting just so, which was the most difficult part. The class was helpful in helping us learn what each part is called and also how to determine and use the appropriate tool for each job.
My "lab partner" Jan and I worked on a Trek Multi-Sport 720, and if I remember correctly it was 62 cm, which is WAY too tall for me. The Trek was very abused, so we didn't have to make too many adjustments to it. There were other very different bikes that the other people in the class were working on, which was nice since we could get exposure to all the nuances of different parts (i.e. sealed bottom brackets)
Overall, I really enjoyed the class and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge of the inner workings of bicycles and the tool required to work on them. The class was $80, but you will receive $40 in shop credit that can be used toward shop time, used parts or bikes.
|Entrance to BICAS|
|The class workshop|
|My lab specimen|
|Cross-section of a headset|
|Ash teaching us about headsets|
|My lab partner Jan|
|Lupe, one of the many mascots at BICAS|
|Ash demonstrating wheel truing.|
|Wheel truer, AKA field goal posts.|
|Learning about drivetrains.|
|Jan getting the most important finger stuck in the handlebar.|
|Jan putting the bike through its paces.|