Concepts to be Covered
Tire PressureTire OrientationValve Types and Valve Cores
Tire and Tube SizingWheel Removal and Reinstall
Tire and Tube Removal/Reinstall
Patching Tubes
Releasing BrakesSetting Torque on a Bolt or Nut
Tire BootsRim Strips

Module 7:  Servicing Derailleurs and Shift Cables 

Concepts to be Covered
Bottom Bracket TypesBottom Bracket Parts
Bottom Bracket Removal
Specialty Tools Used with Bottom Brackets

Module 2:  Chain and Crank Removal

The following curriculum is intended to be used with a BWIRC bike mechanic course taught by a live instructor in a classroom/workshop setting.  We are currently using this curriculum for a class being taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy in Vero Beach. The class schedule is:

9:00 to 9:30     Students A & B (Team 1) have breakfast and set up workstations
9:30 to 10:15   Students A & B (Team 1) CLASS TIME
10:15 to 10:30  Students A & B (Team 1) clean and disinfect tools for next team
10:30 to 11:15  Students C & D (Team 2) CLASS TIME
11:15 to 11:30  Students C & D (Team 2) clean and disinfect tools for next team
11:45 to 12:30  Students E & F (Team 3)  CLASS TIME

12:30 to 1 pm   Students E & F (Team 3) clean, disinfect and store tools and have lunch​​

The base tool set for this class is the Park Advanced AK-4 ADVANCED MECHANIC TOOL KIT 

Module 3:  Bottom Bracket Removal

Rewatch video above from last class on Threaded Bottom Bracket Installation ​​and Removal

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Module 4:  Bottom Bracket Installation

Module 5:  Cassettes/Freewheels and Chains - Specifications, Evaluation and Removal

Concepts to be Covered
Chain Removal Including Master LinksCrank TypesCrank Parts
Crank RemovalSpecialty Tools Used with Cranks 
Determing Chain Width

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Class Activities
  • Remove, clean and re-install rear derailleur
  • Inspect rear shift cable and housing, lube or replace as needed
  • Adjust rear derailleur including cable tension, B screw and high/low stops
  • Clean front derailleur on bike (do not remove unless non-functional)
  • Inspect front shift cable and housing, lube or replace as needed
  • Adjust front derailleur including cable tension and high/low stops
  • Reinstall chain using a master link and lube chain

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Class Activities
  • Evaluate, remove, clean or replace and re-install headset bearings

Module 1:  Tires

Class Activities
  • Determine remaining useful life of chain and order replacements chain and master link as needed
  • Remove cassette or freewheel as applicable and order replacement as needed

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Class Activities
  • Remove chain
  • Identify and order replacement chain and master link
  • Identify crank type
  • Remove crank

Concepts to be Covered
Removing, cleaning and installing rear derailleursReplacing shift cables and housings
Adjusting rear derailleurs including cable tension, B screw and high/low stops
Adjusting front derailleurs including cable tension and high/low stopsChain installation using a master linkLubing chain

Concepts to be Covered
Threadless versus threaded (quill) stemsEvaluating headset bearing condition and tension Headset bearing removal, servicing and replacement
Tensioning headset bearingsUsing a small torque wrench

Class Activities
  • Remove and reinstall at least one wheel, tires and tube
  • ​Repair flat using a vulcanizing patch

Class Activities
  • Remove rear wheel bearings and free hub, if applicable
  • Clean, inspect and reinstall rear wheel bearings and free hub, if applicable
  • Remove front wheel bearings
  • Clean, inspect and reinstall front wheel bearing
  • Reinstall cassette or freewheel

Concepts to be Covered
Using GreaseBottom Bracket Installation
Using a Torque Wrench

Class Activities
  • Identify bottom bracket type
  • Remove bottom bracket
  • Identify and order parts necessary to replace bottom bracket 

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Class Activities
  • Bottom bracket installation ​​

Concepts to be Covered
Wheel bearing removal, inspection and replacementFreehub removal, inspection and replacement
Differences between sealed and unsealed wheel bearings
Cassette and freewheel installation 
Concepts to be Covered
Determining Chain WearDetermining Chain Specifications
Determining Cassette/Freewheel Type and Removal Tool Required
Cassette/Freewheel Removal
Determining When to 
Replace Cassette/Freewheel

Module 8:  Servicing Front Headsets

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Videos to Be Watched Before Class

Module 6:  Servicing Wheel Hub Bearings and Free Hubs