Bicycle Mechanics College at Mizzou is a series of courses that will teach you everything you want to know about maintaining, repairing and re-building your bike. These small, laid back, personalized classes are intended for cyclists of any experience level, from beginner to advanced! All BMC classes include student handouts with references to helpful online resources. The Bike Mechanics College is taught by League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who are also experienced professional bike mechanics.
Week 3 (April 19): Hubs, bearing and bottom brackets
What a hub is, how it works and how it wears, hubs, freewheel, headset, bottom bracket, pedals, maintaining and repacking hubs, dissassembling and reassembling bearings.
Student handouts include: Diagrams of bike hub systems and related online resources
Week 4 (April 26): Drive Train, Shifters and Derailleurs
Freewheels, cassettes & cogs, cranks and chain rings, using a chain tool, replacing a ‘stretched chain’, what derailleurs do, types of gearing set-ups, how derailleurs work and how to adjust them.
Student handouts include: Drive train diagram, gear ratio calculations, helpful online resources, derailleur and drive train diagrams, helpful online sources
Week 5 (May 3): Brakes
Brake cable runs, types of brakes, troubleshooting brake problems, adjusting, maintaining and repairing brakes,
Student handouts include: Brake type diagrams, brake maintenance and troubleshooting, helpful online resources