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
- 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 email@example.com 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 be put on a waiting list. Just email us.
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 Thursday 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 by calling or emailing us 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.
Youth Earn A Bike
Youth students can enroll in the Shop Classes (with an adult chaperone) to work on the bike they will earn. 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 $100. Scholarships are available for the $100 tuition fee by filling out a pay-what-you-can form. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 216-830-2667 with questions.
Public shop use
OCBC’s shop is open to the public for do-it-yourself repairs during all open hours, except 10am – noon on Saturday, when the shop is being used for our Shop Classes. There is a $5/hour cost to use the shop (which can be paid with volunteer credits) includes a workstation and stand, all supplies, and a professional assessment of the work to be done, if needed. To learn more, check out our Shop use page.
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!