This hands-on course will take you through the process of doing a bike "tune-up" -- the assessment, prepping, lubrication, adjustments, and a final safety-check -- on a bike that's in reasonable working order and not needing replacement parts other than tubes and tires. You won't use your own bike in this course (so no one is stuck with a bike they can't ride), but it will prepare you to work on your own bike in the shop with minimal help.
For this series of four classes you will "adopt" one of OCBC's donated used bikes -- either for the co-op's use in one of our programs, or to purchase (and/or earn with volunteer credits) for yourself. We don't allow bikes that didn't come from our stock in this class to be sure all student's bikes are in a condition that will be consistent with the curriculum. All class bikes will be stored at the co-op during the course, so they can also be worked on during our open times -- including immediately after class -- in case that day's work isn't finished in class. Volunteering after each class is also strongly encouraged, to practice what you have learned each week.
Youth Earn A Bike students can enroll in the Shop Classes (with an adult chaperone) to work on the bike they will earn, after also taking the Family Traffic Skills class. The student and chaperone pair will work together on one bike, so they will need to register as one unit and pay one fee of $80.00. Scholarships are available for the $80.00 tuition fee by filling out a hardship form. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 216-830-2667 with questions.
Folks can work on their as-is "project bike", purchased from OCBC through this class. If you choose to tune-up an as-is bike for yourself, you will need to make a separate visit prior to the class to pick out an appropriate bike. Please email email@example.com or call us at 216-830-2667 to schedule an appointment to pick out the bike.
Space is limited to 6 students, so you must sign up in advance on our events registration page here. To guarantee your space, your registration must be paid, or covered with volunteer credits. If there
are less than 4 students registered by Thursday before the first class, the series
may be canceled. If the class has reached its capacity of 6 students, you can still register and be put on a waiting list.
The cost of this course is $100. However, you will also earn 40 shop credits during this class, since you'll have received the training needed to be a more effective OCBC volunteer and will (hopefully!) come back to practice what you have learned (and earn more shop credits!) in the future. Volunteering credits can also be used to pay for classes, but you must have 60 credits before the course begins to guarantee a spot.
Policy on missing a class: Registering for the class series includes attendance at 4 classes throughout the month. Since each class builds upon the last class, you may not skip classes and make them up later. However, we are aware that unforeseeable events do occur. For emergency purposes ONLY, participants may make a special shop use appointment to re-take the missed class on the Wednesday immediately following the class at 6:00pm, subject to availability. This re-take class will cost $30.00, since staff time during our open hours is valuable. If this is ever the case, get in touch with us as soon as possible to make an appointment for the re-take class.
Cancellation policy: For a full refund, you may cancel your registration for a class series 10 days in advance of the first day of class (two Wednesdays before the class). This gives us time to advertise the vacancy and fill the spot. We're sorry, but if you cancel within the 9 days before class, we cannot refund you. Filling the class is important to us, so please be mindful when registering.
For more follow up info, please see our "Thank you for registering" page.
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