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Keith Cox

Bike Club

Funded by a grant from the CTC, Bike Club is a weekly evening club open to young people age 11-18 that takes place in our workshop. The members bring their own bikes to work on, with the help of our mechanics, or they can learn to work on bikes using one of our own machines. We are starting to refurbish some bikes for donation to local schools, and some of the members are working towards their mechanics’ qualifications.

Bike Club is grateful for the support of Brighton and Hove City Council Family Intervention Project as well as the Youth Offending Service. Through them we are able to attract young people who can particularly benefit from the workshop sessions.

Maintenance Courses

Our bike maintenance group training days run on Saturdays from 10:30am to 4:30pm at our workshop on Elm Grove.

Level 1 – Getting to know your bike

At Level 1 we cover the skills you need to keep your bike running smoothly from week to week. We look at what needs oiling and cleaning regularly, how to keep your brakes and gears working as they should, and how to fix punctures. We also check your riding position: a good posture on the bike makes cycling a lot more comfortable, as well as avoiding potential back or knee strain.

Next course: Saturday 28th January

Level 2 – Basic servicing

Level 2 is where we tackle the jobs that need doing every six months or so. We show you how to change the gear and brake cables, how to replace the chain and brake blocks, as well as checking and maintaining the bike’s main mechanisms to keep everything running smoothly.

Next course – Saturday 4th February

Level 3 – Full servicing

Any bike will benefit from a proper ‘deep’ service at least once a year. On the Level 3 course we dismantle various parts of the bike for cleaning and re-greasing, looking at the hubs, headset, and bottom bracket. We also cover replacing broken spokes and truing wheels.

Next course: Sat 11th February

The first course you take with us will cost £40. Each subsequent course will then cost £5 less, so any two courses would cost £75, and any three £105. We want to make the courses as affordable and accessible as possible, so these discounts apply over any length of time, and are even transferable between friends and family. Each course is limited to six participants; contact us for information on availability.

One to one – you and your bike

For a truly personalised course, why not book a private session with one of our mechanics? We have worked with many different types of riders: commuters, long distance touring riders, cross county mountainbikers, and triathletes, as well as individuals in charge of maintaining the family bike fleet. We design a course that suits you. One to one sessions can be booked at any time, and cost £60 for three hours for either one or two participants.

About Us (BikeForLife)

Bike for Life was established in 2004, with the aim of providing a range of high quality cycle training services to all sectors of the local community. In 2007 we were the first local training organisation to gain Bikeability-accredited status. We are also a Weltech-accredited cycle maintenance training centre. We run a range of courses and projects for individuals, groups, schools, community organisations and the private sector.