This hands-on course will take you through the process of doing a bike “tune-up” — You won’t use your own bike in this course, but it will prepare you to work on your own bike in the shop with minimal help.

Course cost: $100
Number of classes: 4
Maximum students per class: 6
Shop credits earned: 40
Volunteering credits can also be used to pay for classes, but you must have 60 credits before the course begins to guarantee a spot.

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 bikes are in a condition that will be consistent with the curriculum. 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.

You will learn how to do the following on a bike that’s in reasonable working order and not needing replacement parts other than tubes and tires:

  • Assess the condition of a bike
  • Prep
  • Lubricate
  • Adjust
  • Perform a safety check

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 or call us at 216-830-2667 to schedule an appointment to pick out the bike.

To guarantee your space, your registration must be paid, or covered with volunteer credits. If there are fewer than four students registered by Thursday before the first class, the series may be cancelled. If the class has reached its capacity of six students, you can still register and be put on a waiting list.

We are a Park Tool School, and the Big Blue Book of Bicycle repair is available at a discount as a textbook when you register for this course. Park Tool also has great repair help.

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.

Youth Earn A Bike

Youth 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 (or a Traffic Skills Intro ride for those over 14). 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 ($100). Scholarships are available for the $80.00 ($100) tuition fee by filling out a hardship (pay-what-you-can) form. Please email or call us at 216-830-2667 with questions.


Our shop manual is designed to help you have a better time volunteering at the co-op. It’s much easier to have a good time if the job you’re doing is easier, and we hope to make it easier by providing explanations that you can use to learn new tasks or remember how to do ones you’ve done before. There are entries here for most of the things we do in the shop, but some basic bicycle repair tasks that are hard to learn without taking a class are left out (for example, there’s no article on how to adjust brakes). Enjoy!