Mechanics Classes

  • Know Your Bike

    New Women/Trans/Femme Class! 

    Women and Trans Wrench

    Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

    This class is designed as an introduction to your bike, it’s components, how they work and how to diagnose and repair a problem.  Come learn the basics about how bikes work and important components such as derailleurs, shifters, cassettes/freewheels, tires, and brake systems.

    Class Fee $20

    The class is for women/trans*/femme (WTF) and gender non-conforming folks.  The Portland Gear Hub aims to create safer spaces for WTF-identifying individuals to learn about bicycles and share their expertise in Portland’s bicycling community.

    Register Here
  • WinterCat Alley Cat

    Sunday, January 28, from 12-3pm

    The Portland Gear Hub is hosting WinterCat, an alley cat race and fundraiser. An alley cat race is a bike race with no set route, but with a list of stops and a finishing point, similar to a scavenger hunt. Get costumed up for the best event of the winter! Race as teams or individuals. All levels of ability/competition welcome. Win prizes and race to the finish and after party!

    $8/person entry fee. Save on registration when you race in teams of 3 or 4! Register in advance online, at the Gear Hub, or on the day of the race.

    A WinterCat embraces any and all weather and loves the snow. Dress up, dress warm, and be ready to bike, snowshoe, ski, and sled at the stops along the way.

    Funds raised from WinterCat will support the winter youth programs at the Gear Hub Bike School.

    Register Here


  • Be Your Own Bike Mechanic

    A 6-week bike course that thoroughly tackles all aspects of your bike. The class is team-taught by Shannon Belt, Brian Danz, and Mike Gilheany, all experienced professional mechanics and educators. Throughout the series, students will be able to deconstruct their bike, identify mechanical problems, and put it all back together again.

    30 minutes of class-time is followed by 2 hours on the Bench.

    Week 1: BasiBalance – Overview of Bikes & Flat Tire Practice
    Week 2: Make It Stop! – The Braking System
    Week 3: Shifty Characters – The Shifting System
    Week 4: Make it Go – The Drivetrain System (Chain & Gears)
    Week 5: Spinning Circles – Bearing Systems
    Week 6: Round & Round – Wheel Truing & “Leftovers”
    $180 for the whole series.

    Provided by the Portland Gear Hub with support from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

    2018 Offerings

    January 20 & 21: Weekend Intensive 8 AM – 2 PM Saturday and Sunday

    The weekend intensive will dive right in, condensing the 6 weeks of Be Your Own Bike Mechanic into 2 fun, full days.


    January 17 – February 21: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 

    Register Here

    2 spots open!

    January 11 – February 15: Thursday Mornings, 9 – 11 AM

    To be rescheduled. email for morning availability!


    March 1 – April 5: Thursday Mornings, 9 – 11 AM

    (Registration coming soon!)


    March 7 – April 11: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    (Registration coming soon!)


    April 19 – May 24: Thursday Mornings, 9 – 11 AM

    (Registration coming soon!)


    April 25 – May 30: Wednesday Nights, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    (Registration coming soon!)