The Bike Depot offers a full curriculum of classes to get and keep your bicycle repair skills up to speed!
This is a listing of our most popular classes, check the online store for a current classes, dates and times. Classes take place at the Bike Depot unless otherwise noted, and require registration at least 24 hours in advance. Please call with any questions. You can see the current schedule and sign up for all Bike Depot classes through our online store. Payment is required at time of registration.
Basic Series Classes
Basic classes are offered for a suggested donation of $7 and require registration at least 24 hours in advance. Donate and sign up here or call in to the shop and we'll put you on the class list!
Fix A Flat Clinic (Summer Only) ~ 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month: 12pm-3pm @ The Denver Bicycle Cafe, April-September.
Fixing a flat tire is the most important piece of bicycle repair knowledge you can have so join us at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, grab a drink and learn how to keep your bike rolling. Stop by any time during the clinic for an impromptu and FREE demonstration. No registration required.
Mechanics 101 Class ~Schedule Change & Location Change this winter: Mechanics 101 will be held at the Denver Bicycle Cafe on 1st Tuesdays of the month from December 2013 - February 2014. Normal class times will resume in March 2014 at the Bike Depot. New to bicycles? Need some help keeping yours in tip-top shape? This class teaches students about bicycle anatomy and covers basic brake and derailleur adjustments as well as the essential solvents and lubricants that will keep your bike running smoothly on Colorado's roads and trails.
Introduction to Bicycle Touring
The essential guide for all those interested in going for an extended bike trip. It will cover planning, equipment selection, preparing for a first tour and the lifestyle on the road. Touring is a fun, awesome way to travel, but requires extensive planning to avoid the many possible pitfalls that come with a long time on the road. Make your trip great by starting it with this class!
Master Classes (advance registration required – sign up HERE)
Master Mechanics Course
Our most popular and comprehensive instruction series. The full-blown mechanics course takes place over six consecutive weeks and covers your bike from handlebar tape to rear brakes. This course gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about overhauling hubs and bottom brackets, truing wheels, repairing broken chains and much more. The course costs $200 and includes Park Tool's essential text: the "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair." Registration is required and class size is limited.
Our Expert Level classes are hands-on, skills based classes that run over several weeks. Sign up and take your skills to the next level.
Women’s Mechanics Class
A 2-part class designed to give a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of bicycle repair in a fun, welcoming environment and to introduce you to a place where you will be able to continue to learn more about bikes, community bike shops and about how you can become a self-sufficient cyclist! Students are encouraged but not required to purchase the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair.
One of our most popular classes is a three-part in-depth workshop to teach you proper techniques for truing and building wheels. Students will learn the ins and outs of spoke length calculation along with how to properly lace, tension, dish and true wheels . You are welcome to use recycled wheels/components from the Bike Depot or order new parts and leave the class with a new hand-built wheelset!
Break away from the basics. Our advanced classes will introduce you to biking as a lifestyle choice! Convert a Single Speed, become a dedicated Bike Commuter, or learn to maintain all the different systems on your bike.
Learn how to clean and reapack any of your bearing systems. From hubs to bottom brackets and headsets, we will give you a step by step on pulling, cleaning, repacking and then re-assembling the whole system. This is the perfect entry level class to get started on doing all the regular manintenace for you and your loved ones.
This class unlocks the mysteries of your all those pesky cables on your bike. We will walk you through the cable systems for brakes and derailleurs, show you the basics of installation, and cover the adjustments and factors that contribute to crisp, clean shifting and braking. Another great class to dip your toe into the world of Bike Maintenance.
Teaches concepts like wheel anatomy, spoke tension, dish and radial and lateral true. Wheel truing class also double's as week one of our Wheel Building series so if you like what you learn, let us know and we can sign you up for the rest of the series.
The perfect class for novice commuters in Denver. We will cover bike commuting strategies, street riding safety, bike route options, essential gear and dealing with carrying cargo. It will also cover hands-on basic bike and tire repairs. After this class you will be ready to hit the road morning and night.
Single Speed Conversion
This class teaches students about styles of single speed bikes, parts needed for a conversion, costs involved and some basic mechanical skills needed to do the work. It doesn't matter if you have an old mountain bike that you want to make into a winter commuter or if you have some road components that you're itching to use for a new fixie! This class will get you started toward life in one gear. Once you know the basics, you will find that the Bike Depot is the perfect place to continue work on your conversion during Fix Your Bike hours.
Have a specialty class in mind? Let us know and we'll host or create it.
The Bike Depot offers organizations or groups the option of creating a custom class to suit their interests. The Bike Depot's capacity is limited for these events, so please send your requests early. Every student in the class will receive a class handout; in efforts to preserve the environment, please let our staff know if you would like the electronic versions of these instead of the printed ones. The Bike Depot also offers additional learning materials/starter tool kits that you may pre-order for your group.
Custom Class Rates
A $20 flat fee will be charged for all custom classes held at the Bike Depot and $50 for custom classes held at another site.
In addition to the flat fee- there will be a charge of $5/student/hour with a minimum group size of 7 and a maximum of 15. Groups larger than 15 will need to be split into two or more groups. For classes at another site, these numbers are more flexible.
For Non Profit Organizations and groups with limited funds, please contact the Program Associate for information on reduced rates.
An initial payment of 50% of the price of the class must be pre-paid one week or more in advance. The remaining balance is due on the day of the class. Any additions or special orders must be pre-paid at the time of ordering.
Additions (all items listed pre-tax)
Patch Kits - $2.99
Tire Levers - $2.99/pair
Park Tool Essential Tool Kit- $22.00
Park Tool Bike Mechanics Book- $26.99
Finish Line Super Bike Wash- $14.99
Various Lubricants available- $4.99 - $9.99
The Bike Depot Shop Shirt- $20.00
The Bike Depot can special order any items not listed above
Space is limited and custom classes are not offered on Saturdays at the shop.
The Bike Depot is closed Monday throughout the year as well as Sundays November-February. If you would like to request a class for these days, an additional fee may be assessed.