Overhaul class series: How to take a bike apart, replace all the worn parts, and put it back together. Sign Up Here
(To register for this course, you must have first completed or tested out of OCBC’s Tune-up class series)
This hands-on course will take you through the process of doing a bike overhaul — what most bike shops do for $250 – $300, plus the cost of parts. Over five Saturdays, you will learn how to:
- disassemble, assess, lubricate, and re-assemble the headset, bottom bracket, and wheel bearing systems.
- remove and replace brake and shift cables and housing, brake pads, and gear chainrings and clusters
- inspect frame and fork alignment, and condition of all components
- document seat and handlebar adjustments for exact re-assembly position
- Tape handlebars
You won’t use your own bike in this course, but it will prepare you to work on your own bike with minimal help in our shop, or at home with common tools and just a few bike-specific ones.
We don’t allow bikes that didn’t come from our stock in this class to be sure they will be consistent with the curriculum, so you will “adopt” a donated bike to be used in one of the co-op’s programs; or you can purchase the bike you work on at a discount (and apply any volunteer credits). If you want to pick a bike for this “Build Your Own” program, you must make an appointment to visit and select one at least a week before the first class.)
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, and for extra practice. Volunteering after each class is strongly encouraged, to practice and expand on the techniques and concepts covered each week.
To guarantee a class space your registration must be paid, or covered with volunteer credits. If there are fewer than three 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.
When: Months with five Saturdays from 9am – noon
Where: OCBC’s shop in Downtown Clevelands’ Flats (parking access at 1775 Merwin Ave)
Who: any fully vaccinated adult (or youth 12-17 years old, working with one adult as a “unit,” on one bike)
How much: $200 per student “unit”
Optional additional costs: Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, $25; Class-approved, As-is OCBC bike, $75 – $175
How many students per class: 6
Instructor/student ratio: 1:2
Shop credits earned: 50
Reserving your space in class: To participate, you must pay for this series to reserve your space at least 7 days before class. If you have not paid online, in person, or via check by mail, we cannot guarantee you a space.
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 and classes have a fixed number of students, you cannot 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.
Volunteering credits can be used to pay for classes, but you must have 60 credits before the course begins to guarantee a spot.
Covid-19 safety requirements: please present your completed vaccine card at first class, and wear masks in class. We have installed UV-C air filtration treatment, have >8′ of distance between workstation, and fully vaccinated staff who self-test if possible contagion is suspected.
For students who need to miss class because of a positive Covid test, make-up fees will be waived with a picture of the results.