Workshops

BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINICS

Learn to care for your bike and keep repair costs to a minimum.

We offer free Basic Maintenance Clinics throughout the year.

All participants get 10% off of bike parts and accessories purchased at the clinic.

 

The clinics are on designated Saturdays each month from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. An email with a registration link goes out approximately 2 weeks prior to the clinic. You can join our email list here and you can also register on our events page.  You do not need to bring your bike for this clinic.

The topics covered include:

- Cleaning your bike frame
- Clean and lube your drivetrain
- Components of the drivetrain
- How to change a flat bike tire
- Recognizing bike tire wear and choosing the right tire

ADVANCED BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINICS

Ready to get your hands dirty and learn how to keep your bike in top condition?
The Bike Rack offers a comprehensive 6 week course on bike ‘tune ups’ for all mens and women’s road bikes, multi-sport, and commuter bikes.

Each class will focus on a significant aspect of what makes the bicycle function at its best. The course is part instruction and part hands-on, providing detailed instruction of how to assess, repair, and maintain ones’ own bike. Participants will gain a practical level of knowledge and mechanical skills, not to mention some dirty hands.

This course is the ultimate for a step by step approach to improving your bike’s performance and helping you to save money over the life of your bicycle. The clinics are held at the shop during the off-season (November -March). Email reminders are sent out prior to the beginning of the series and the cost for the 6 week course is $360.

Great reasons to sign up:

  • Learn from The Bike Rack’s professional mechanics – voted No. 1 by readers of the Washington City Paper four years in a row.
  • Small class size of 5-6 participants = lots of attention from instructors.
  • Learn the professional skills necessary to keep your bike tuned up.

Learn the professional skills necessary to keep your bike tuned up.

We want to make sure that your learning experience is optimal so we have limited the size of each course. At the end of the course, you will have performed a comprehensive tune up on your bike.

Prior to the start of the course, we ask that each participant bring their bicycle to the shop to receive a general evaluation at no charge. This will enable us to order needed parts for your bike before the start of the first class. Additional new parts used on your bike are not included in the cost of the course, however you will receive a 10% discount on parts and accessories through the duration of the course. All reservations are non-refundable.

To inquire please send an email to info@bikerackdc.com.

Topics covered include:

Wheels
True, tension, and dish wheels. Cassette/freewheel removal and install.  Freehub body service.  Spoke replacement.  Minor hub adjustments

Bearings
Removal/install of various headsets and bottom brackets. Full hub overhaul and adjustment.  Assessment on quality and life span of all bearing systems.

Brakes
Overview of several common brake types, caliper, disc, “V,” cantilever.  Setup and install of brake pads and brake cables/housing

Derailleurs
Install and maintenance of front and rear derailleurs including tuning and compatibility.  Derailleur hanger alignment.  Cable/housing install and tuning.

Drivetrain
Methods of cleaning, chain sizing/install, removal/install of crankset and chain rings.  How to increase performance in drivetrain as a whole.

Review/Practice
Fine tuning, bicycle fit and geometry discussion. Additional services will be addressed including frame preparation and general accessory installation.

COMMUTER CLINICS

Our Bicycle Commuting Seminar is a great way to get ready for a safe bicycle commute, riding in traffic, preparing for your ride, and choosing a route! Plus, we’ll show you great bikes and gear to get you ready to ride! Check our “Events Page” for future clinics.

GROUP RIDE AND PACELINE CLINIC

The Bike Rack presents our Group Ride and Paceline Clinic. We invite you to participate in a presentation on the format, basic rules and etiquette of group riding and pacelining. The follow-up to our presentation is a hands-on clinic, outside on your road bike with our professional instructors. We will cover handling and cornering, with and without obstacles in the road. You will also receive hands-on training and practice on how to ride in a paceline, safely and effectively. Check our “Events Page” for future clinics.