Classes

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.

Upcoming Class on 4/15/2019: Drivetrain Adjustment and Maintenance!

Join us for our hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to adjust your bike’s gear shifting system to improve shifting reliability and diagnose common problems like chain skipping. The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

  • Learn key steps to adjust your rear and front derailleurs
  • Check how worn your chain is and whether it needs replacing
  • Diagnose common issues like sluggish shifting, chain skipping, and rubbing noises coming from the drive train.

If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it because we want you to learn how to fix *your* bike, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 4/15/2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.
  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Wheel Building Series – March 31st, April 7th & 14th 

Please make sure you can attend all classes. Missed session material will not be repeated in subsequent sessions.

Prerequisites:  Must be familiar with hub maintenance and wheel truing techniques.

March 31st, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm orientation

  • Why build your own wheels
  • Wheel lacing patterns
  • Spoke and nipple types
  • Wheel building tools

April 7th, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm

  • Spoke length calculation
  • Rim and spoke prep
  • Wheel lacing techniques

April 14th, 2019, Sunday, 10am-12pm

  • 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. 

WAITLIST-Monday 3/11/2019 Upcoming Class: All About Hubs!

UPDATE: This class is now full and in WAITLIST status. Feel free to email the below address to request to be added to the waitlist.

Hubs are where your bicycle’s wheel rotates around the axle. Properly maintaining them will make your bike more efficient, your wheels more stable, and increase your wheels’ lifespan!

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Take apart, grease, and reassemble a standard cup-and-cone hub

  • Diagnose common hub-related issues like wheel wobble or excessive friction

  • Inspect hubs and determine if they need to be adjusted or serviced

  • Adjust your hubs to allow your wheels to spin more freely and last longer

  • Do you want to learn how to true a wheel at some point? Then you’ll need to learn how  to fix a hub first!

No experience is necessary. If you have a wheel with a hub that needs some love feel free to bring it, otherwise we have plenty of wheels that the shop to learn on.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 3/11/2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.
  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

CLASS FULL – Monday 1/28/19 Class: Fixing Flats and Routine Maintenance!

UPDATE: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Keep an eye on our website for future class offerings!

Join us for our entry-level, hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to fix flat tires and perform routine maintenance procedures to keep your bike’s parts in top shape! The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

    • Fix a flat tire via tube replacement or patching, along with learning the tools you need to fix a flat on the road (and avoid getting stranded!).

    • Clean and lubricate your drivetrain to extend its life

  • Know which key areas to periodically check on your bicycle to catch potential problems before they leave you stranded.

No experience is necessary. If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:
Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 1/28/2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:
FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

    • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Upcoming Class: Drivetrain Adjustment and Maintenance!

Join us for our hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to adjust your bike’s gear shifting system to improve shifting reliability and diagnose common problems like chain skipping. The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

 

  • Learn key steps to adjust your rear and front derailleurs

  • Check how worn your chain is and whether it needs replacing

  • Diagnose common issues that relate to sluggish shifting, chain skipping, and rubbing noises coming from the drive train.

If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it because we want you to learn how to fix *your* bike, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen

Monday, 12/10/2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Upcoming Class: Disc Brakes!

If you have disc brakes, or just wanna learn how to work on them, come join us on Monday 11/26 to get an overview, including:
  • Replacing pads
  • Truing rotors
  • Adjustments
  • An introduction to bleeding hydraulic disc brake systems
When: Monday, 11/26, 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: FREE (excluding parts where applicable)
 
Other things to know:
  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Upcoming Class: Bicycle Sizing and Fitting

Does riding your bike give you knee pain? Or wrist pain? Or does riding just generally feel more difficult than it should be? Or perhaps you’re considering buying a new bike but don’t know what size to get?

If any of these situations describes you, or you just wanna make sure you’re bike is fitted to you as well as possible, come join SBK’s hands-on bike fitting clinic! The knowledge you gain will make your rides more comfortable, more efficient, and most importantly, more fun! We’ll cover topics including:

  • Picking a frame size

  • Adjusting your seat height and angle

  • Setting up handlebars for optimal comfort

If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it, but this class is also great for anyone considering buying a bike.

Class location and date:
Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 10/15/2018, 6pm-7:30pm

Cost to Attend:
FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how about optimal bike fit. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage you or your bicycle may incur during the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

Interested?
Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Upcoming Class: Fixing Flats and Routine Maintenance!

UPDATE: This class is now full; no more RSVPs are being accepted.

Join us for our entry-level, hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to fix flat tires and perform routine maintenance procedures to keep your bike’s parts in top shape! The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

  • Fix a flat tire via tube replacement or patching, along with learning the tools you need to fix a flat on the road (and avoid getting stranded!).

  • Clean and lubricate your drivetrain to extend its life

  • Know which key areas to periodically check on your bicycle to catch potential problems before they leave you stranded.

No experience is necessary. If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:
Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 9/17/2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:
FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.
  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?
Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

Drivetrain Adjustment and Maintenance Class!

Join us for our entry-level, hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to adjust your bike’s gear shifting system to improve shifting reliability and diagnose common problems like chain skipping. The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

  • Learn key steps to adjust your rear and front derailleurs

  • Check how worn your chain is and whether it needs replacing

  • Diagnose common issues that relate to sluggish shifting, chain skipping, and rubbing noises coming from the drive train.

If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it because we want you to learn how to fix *your* bike, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 6/18/2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org

CLASS FULL–Fixing Flats and Routine Maintenance Class!

Update: This class is now full! Future offerings will be posted when they are scheduled. In the meantime, all open shifts are basically bike maintenance open workshops so feel free to come in during any open shift- Tue-Thu 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-2pm- to work on your bike with guidance from our volunteer mechanics!

Join us for our entry-level, hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to fix flat tires and perform routine maintenance procedures to keep your bike’s parts in top shape! The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

  • Fix a flat tire via tube replacement or patching, along with learning the tools you need to fix a flat on the road (and avoid getting stranded!).

  • Clean and lubricate your drivetrain to extend its life.

  • Know which key areas to periodically check on your bicycle to catch potential problems before they leave you stranded.

No experience is necessary. If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it, but you may also use one of our shop bikes.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 5/21/2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.

  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org