I'm Yuri Scherer, one of the proud owners of Bondi Bike Shop and also the workshop director. With over three years in the market, we are excited to introduce the first module of our Bike 101 Class. We want to thank you for joining us on this journey, as it means the world to us to share our bike knowledge with the community. This class is designed for those who may have little to no experience fixing bikes but have a passion for riding. We firmly believe that this course will empower you to handle bike emergencies confidently.
In this first module, we'll explore essential topics, drawing from years of hands-on experience working on bikes, including:
Let's kick things off by understanding your bike as more than just a bicycle; it's a complex machine that requires maintenance to keep it performing at its best.
Understanding the Bike (Basic Engineering)
A bike is made up of several key components:
The frame serves as the backbone, connecting all the vital parts. From the headset of the frame, we connect the stem, handlebar, and fork, which controls the steering. The handlebars house all your controls, like brake levers and shifters, which manage your bike's speed and agility. The bottom bracket links the frame to the rear wheel through the drivetrain, allowing you to propel your bike forward.
All these components are made up of moving parts, which require proper greasing to prevent wear and tear.
What to Have in Your Toolkit
Before heading out on a ride, it's essential to be prepared for any situation. You'll need a toolkit that includes:
These items will be your best friends on the road, helping you tackle unexpected bike issues.
How to Use Your Toolkit
Your toolkit is your trusty companion on the road. A multi-tool will have various sizes of Allen Key bolts, screwdrivers, and more to handle common bike issues. Tire levers are vital for removing the tire from the wheel in case of a puncture. We'll guide you on using these tools effectively in our class.
How to Lubricate Your Drivetrain and Adjust Gears
These topics will be covered in detail in our class, ensuring your bike runs smoothly and your gears shift seamlessly.
What to Check Before Every Ride (M Check)
Safety is paramount. Our M Check will walk you through inspecting your bike before every ride. We'll go over everything from the front hub to the rear hub, ensuring your bike is in prime condition.
To keep your bike in top shape, regular preventive maintenance is crucial. We recommend servicing your bike every six months in a professional bike shop. This will help identify worn parts, damaged components, and ensure your bike adheres to manufacturer standards.
Australian Road Rules
Don't forget, there are compulsory accessories when riding in Australia, including a helmet and lights for your safety.
Are you ready to master your bike and ride with confidence? Join us for our Bike 101 Class, and we'll equip you with the knowledge and skills to handle any situation on the road. Stay tuned for updates on when the course will be available, and don't miss your chance to become a biking pro!