The Albany Bike Rescue is offering bicycle maintenance classes designed to teach people how to maintain their bikes. Each class begins with a short introduction to the subject matter, a demonstration, and then an hour of hands-on, volunteer assisted, application of the lessons. Classes are offered once per week, and each course has three classes.
The beginner’s course covers brakes, shifting and derailleurs, and hubs. Students learn the basics of proper adjustment of brakes and the replacement of cables and housing, how to fine tune the shifting of gears, and the maintenance of bearings and axles.
The intermediate course covers bottom brackets, headsets, and truing wheels. Students will learn the removal of the crankset and bearings, the different types of head tube components, and balancing rims and spokes. (You must take the beginner’s course before taking this one.)
All classes are free. Completion of classes not only helps you take better care of your own bike, but allows you to volunteer at the Rescue and help others.
If you are interested in signing up, please contact us by email. Thank you.