Teachin’ & Learnin’!

sbk2W Promotion of bicycle maintenance and safety is at the core of SBK’s mission. The SBK offers a broad spectrum of classes, seminars and workshops to facilitate a better understanding of the mechanical operation and maintenance of bicycles.  Classes, seminars, and workshops include:

  • Basic Maintenance classes
  • Target specific classes (i.e.  derailleur adjustment, bottom bracket and wheel hub servicing)
  • Frame and fork alignment
  • Wheel Building classes
  • Requested classes (i.e. Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub rebuilding)

All sessions are offered at our shop and are usually free of charge.  Sessions are posted below and on our Facebook page.  Some classes, like wheel building, are limited and slots are allocated on a first come basis.  Questions and concerns can be directed to the Education Coordinator.  For off-site classes, please contact our Outreach Coordinator.

All Things Shifting!

Do you move your shift lever and nothing happens? Or does too much happen? Does your chain seem to have a mind of its own, jumping from one gear to the next? If so, come to our next maintenance class and we can show you how to diagnose common shifter and derailleur ailments along with tips for curing them.
When: Sunday, 6/18, 10am-12pm
Where: At the Bike Kitchen, 1915 I Street
Participants should bring their own bikes if they have them, but this is not a requirement. Also, please remember that the primary purpose of the class is to teach and that you may not have time to complete repairs on your bicycle during the time allotted for the class.  As usual, classes are free but donations are welcome.  
If interested, please RSVP at

***Update–CLASS FULL*** Basic Maintenance Class

***UPDATE- This class is now full but another will be announced shortly so stay tuned!***
June 4th 10am-12pmish
This class will cover bicycle part and tool terminology, flat repair, and brake adjustment (as time allows).  Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes, if they have one. 
As this is a hands-on class, it is limited to 6 participants; please email to RSVP.  There is no fee for this class. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow for the sign in process and to ensure you don’t lose your spot to a waitlister.
Please note: Given the limited class time, we cannot guarantee that bikes will be rideable by the end of the class.  

Wheel Building Series – June 3, 10, 17 

Prerequisites:  Must be familiar with hub maintenance and wheel truing techniques.
June 3, 2017, Saturday, 0900-1200 
Orientation (mandatory attendance, no exceptions)
  • Why build your own wheels
  • Wheel lacing patterns
  • Spoke and nipple types
  • Wheel building tools
June 10, 2017, Saturday, 0900-1200  
  • Spoke length calculation
  • Rim and spoke prep
  • Wheel lacing techniques
June 17, 2017, Saturday, 0900-1200  
  • Spoke tensioning techniques
  • Dishing, achieving equal tension
  • Finalizing wheel build
No RSVP required. All questions regarding sessions will be addressed at the orientation. 
We only have three truing stands so, unless attendees bring their own, allocation will be determined by lottery. Attendees that do not have a stand to use are still welcome to watch, listen, and learn during these sections.
Because of the logistics of these seminars (checking participants in, security and safety of demo props, etc…), once the session begins, no late comers are allowed to join the session. 

Basic Maintenance Classes–Suspended for Winter

Third Monday Basic Maintenance classes are now over for the year.  Classes will resume in the spring, check back on our website and Facebook page for updates.

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The Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen will be hosting a Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class on the third (3rd) Monday of every month at 6:30-7:30 PM. First class – May 16, 2016.

Basic bicycle maintenance: Level A
* Bring your own bike for hands-on experience
* Bike component identification.
* Pre-ride bike safety check.
* Clean and lube the drive train for a quiet, smooth ride, and to prevent wear & tear.
* Recommended tools and how to change an inner tube/fix-a-flat.

Classes are FREE.  No need to RSVP.  Please arrive a few minutes early to complete our waiver and sign in process.

Neglecting maintenance on you bike can result in an expensive trip to your local bicycle shop. These classes provide an opportunity to learn the basic maintenance skills necessary to keep your bike on the road, out of the shop, and avoid expensive repairs.

Come down and see what our shop has to offer.  

Derailleur Adjustment Class

Got noise, chatter, slipping, ticking, or clicking when you ride your bike? Or does your bike just not shift period? SBK is offering a basic derailleur adjustment class on Saturday, November 28, 2015, 10am-12pm. No need to RSVP, just show up. Classes are free, however, donations are always welcome.

Hub Maintenance Class

Freewheel Hub Cut Apart
In preparation for the wet season, we will be holding a short hub maintenance class on Tuesday, October 13th from 5pm-6pm. This will be a lecture-based class; you do not need to bring any bikes or parts.
No RSVP necessary. Please show up a few minutes early so we can start on time.

Basic Maintenance Troubleshooting Class

Saturday, September 19th, at 2:30pm.  No RSVP necessary.  Class will start promptly at 2:30pm and last for approximately an hour.  Please arrive a few minutes early to get signed in.

This class is a basic bicycle maintenance class. We will cover the basic daily check list for maintaining a bike in a safe rideable condition. 

No experience necessary. No dissasembly of any components or bike will be performed. Troubleshooting problems will be covered, but not the actual procedure for remedy. 

Tubeless Tire Seminar

tubelessRunning tubeless on road bikes. SBK invites all to come down for a seminar on running tubeless tires on your road bike. Information regarding the tubeless system and a demonstration will be conducted on May 30, 2015, Saturday, 2-3:30pm, at the SBK. No charge, open to the public.

Bottom Bracket Class: May 16, 2015, Saturday, 2-4:00PM


Come down and learn the simple procedure for maintaining and servicing your bottom bracket. If you have never serviced your bottom bracket, this class is for you. Imagine, driving your car and never changing your transmission oil!  

The class is free. Donations are welcome but not required or expected; just show up ready to learn!