Repair Clinic (Wednesday, March 8th 2017)

We kicked off our first repair clinic in 2017 this past Wednesday (March 15th) with ten attendees. Here is a snippet of what it's like at one our repair clinics. Tools and repair stands are free for you to use and all repairs taught by mechanics will be supervised. 

                                                  Tom & Anna posing for the camera

                                                  Tom & Anna posing for the camera

Basic Maintenance & Flat Fixing Repair Clinic (September 7th 2016)

Kayuh's end of the season events started with our free bike repair clinics for the month of September. The first class is mainly an introduction to the basic mechanics of a bicycle and what to look out for when trying to assess the overall condition of your bike. In addition, we also wanted to zero in on one of the most common repairs any bike shop offers - flat fixing. 

Here are some notes of what we went over in case you did not make it to the class. There are also some snippets/footage from our flat fixing techniques at the bottom of the page.

General Tune-Up Inspection

At Kayuh Bicycles & Cafe, any walk-ins are checked beforehand by an experienced mechanic so we could write notes on what the customer has issues with and necessary problems that would be ideal to resolve. Here are our general guidelines,

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Front Wheel, Brakes, and Fork

  • Check wheel for true, tension and broken spokes
  • Hubs should have no side-to-side play. Axles should turn smoothly
  • Quick releases or axle nuts should be secure and operate precisely
  • Inspect tire for damage, including wear and cracks. Check air pressure
  • Check front brake for adjustment, alignment, drag, pad wear and rotor true if applicable
  • Check rigid forks for alignment, dents, cracks and other damage
  • Check suspension forks for excess play, smooth travel and damage to stanchions. Ask when last service was performed.

Handlebars, Headset and Head-tube

  • Headset should operate smoothly, with no play
  • Handlebars should be checked for cracks and dents, and should be properly aligned.
  • Check stem for alignment and proper torque of hardware
  • Brake levers should operate freely and should not be bent, scratched or cracked
  • Ensure shifters operate correctly, consistently
  • Check cables for smooth operation. Replace rusty or frayed cables and cracked housing
  • Check grips or tape for wear and secure fit

Cranks, Chain, Bottom Bracket, and Front Derailleur

  • Check cranks for side-to-side play (replace or adjust bottom bracket as needed) and check crank fixing hardware for proper torque
  • Examine chain-rings for wear, damage and missing or loose bolts
  • Check chain for rust, stretch and bad links
  • Check front derailleur for alignment, height and wear
  • Pedals should operate with smooth bearings and have no play

Seatpost, Saddle, and Suspension

  • Check seat post and post clamp for damage such as bends or cracks.
  • Hardware should be checked for proper torque. Check rail clamp and ensure post is not extended past minimum insertion mark
  • Examine saddle rails for bending or cracking
  • Check rear suspension for leaks, excess play and damage. Ask when fluid was last changed or other regular service performed.

Rear Wheel, Brakes, and Derailleur

  • Check rear wheel for true, tension and broken spokes
  • Hubs should have no side-to-side play. Axles should turn smoothly
  • Quick releases or axle nuts should be secure and operate precisely
  • Inspect tire for damage, including wear and cracks. Check air pressure
  • Check front brake for adjustment, alignment, drag, pad wear and rotor true if applicable.
  • Check rear derailleur for alignment, play and pulley tooth wear
  • Check cassette or freewheel for wear and bent or missing teeth

As for flat fixing, It is highly recommended that you,

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- Use the proper tools such as tire levers (Thanks Pedro's Bike Tools!) and not a butter knife or a screw driver.

- A pump with a gauge (ideally) or a Co2 cartridge system 

- A patch kit just in case you do not have a tube handy

Whenever you are out on a ride, here are some recommendations on what you should carry with you,

- A multi-tool (a pocket tool with a variety of small tools combined into one such as allen wrenches, phillips and flat head screwdriver, tire levers, chain-breaker, spoke tool etc. 

- One of two tubes that fits your tires

- A patch kit 

- Small adjustable or 15mm wrench for wheels that have bolt-on wheel axles 

- A hand pump and or Co2 cartridge system 

Kayuh Crew mechanic, Henry Sam giving people the rundown on the proper flat fixing technique.."Side...Wallll.."

Special thanks to our sponsors: Quality Bike Products, Finish Line Bike Products, Pedro's Tools, Park Tool and Sunlite

Our instructors and barista for the class: Henry Sam, Tyrone Simpson & Christina Binder

Our attendees: Tom, Nicole, Rosie, Nabilla, Kia, Matt, Phil, Andrew and Marciano for attending.