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WHAT ARE OUR COMMINUTY TECH CLASSES?

We know that working on your own bike can be intimidating. That said, having a basic knowledge about how your bike works, how to prevent issues and what to do when any issues arise is an invaluable skill to have. That is why we created our three-part community tech class series. While each class builds on the previous class, you do NOT need to attend them in order. Each three-part class cycle is held quarterly at Mad Dog Cycles. If you complete all three classes (in any order) you will receive an exclusive discount on parts, labor and accessories. You will also receive a beginners bike maintenance kit! Whether you are brand new to the sport or a seasoned rider, these classes will help you feel more confident in maintaining your own bike.

Learn more about each classes curriculum below:


CLASS #1:

BICYCLE ANATOMY

HOW/WHEN TO CLEAN YOUR BIKE

BASIC LUBRICATION

WEAR & TEAR ITEMS

FAQs

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CLASS #2:

DEEP CLEANING & LUBRICATION

BRAKES & SHIFTING

WHEEL TRUE

TIRE PRESSURES

COMMON ISSUES

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CLASS #3:

BRAKE BLEEDS

SUSPENSION SETUP & TUNING

BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING

SUSPENSION FORK LOWER

DUST SEAL SERVICE

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NEW CLASS:

This class is geared specifically towards NICA athletes /coaches and competitive cyclists, however, everyone is welcome to attend!

In this class, we will cover the following:

  • Hands-on practice with trailside flat tube replacements (especially on a rear wheel) as well as putting a tube in a failed tubeless system. We'll also go over what tools to carry on the trail for this
  • How to handle a chain drop on the trail
  • How to handle a broken spoke on the trail
  • How to handle a bent derailleur on the trail
  • Advantages of running tubeless and when to recharge tubeless sealant
  • What tire pressure to run and when
  • How to adjust your drivetrain and check the components for wear
  • How to check your braking system for wear/service needs
  • How to clean and lube your bike (and why this is the best thing you can do for your bike)
  • When to bring it to the shop!


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


Q: Should I bring my own bike to the class?

A: No. please do not bring your bike to the class. Our space is limited and we do not have room for everyone to bring their bike. That said, we will have bikes at each of our classes for hands-on training/practice.

Q: Are the classes free?

A: Our classes are not free. In order to better prepare for these classes and provide the best experience possible, we are charging a small upfront, non-refundable fee to reserve your spot. The class fees are as follows: Class #1 ($5), Class #2 ($10), Class #3 ($15) and our Race Day class ($15).

Q: Do I need to attend the community tech classes in order? 

A: No. While each classes content becomes more and more advanced and builds on prior classes, you do not need to attend them in order.

Q: What do I get for completing all three community tech classes? 

A: Everyone who competes for all three classes (in any order) will receive a beginner bike maintenance kit and a 15% off coupon for parts, accessories and labor at the shop.


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