Understand your bike so you never get caught out again on your ride.

We have teamed up with Vicky Bikes to offer you our Mindful mechanics course at the stunning Forest of Dean. Read more...

What we cover

  • Bike MaintenanceUnderstand the basics around your bike so you never get caught out again on your ride. M-check, punctures, tyres, bolt checks, chain links. We cover the most common problems that could and do arise when riding so you feel confident to ride self supported for hours on end.

Details & Book

  • Group Size: 6
  • Duration: 9.30-4pm
  • Location: Pedalabikeaway, Forest of Dean cycle centre
  • Cost: £125

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1 day Mindful Mechanics course with Vicky Balfour, Vicky Bikes

Vicky’s Mission is to empower you so your riding is never limited by fear of things going wrong mechanically.

This 1 day course is a perfect step towards that goal. It addresses 3 common trailside problem areas: gears, brakes and chains.

Through the day you will learn about and practice working on:
Gear indexing (how to use limit screws and cable tension)
Brake pads (remove and replace pads; stop pads rubbing)
Chains (using quicklinks to fix broken chains)

This is a hands-on course where you will have your own workstand and the chance to get to understand how your bike works and how to troubleshoot problems out on rides.

You need:
a bike to work on
any tools you take on rides (eg multitool and chain breaker; quicklinks)

Vicky will provide everything else you need as well as handouts so you can practise what you’ve learned at home.


Max 6 places
Thursday 14 July
Start: 9.30; finish: 4pm;
Lunch 12.30-1.30pm (please bring a picnic or food available to buy from Pedalabikeaway)