Mechanics Classes

  • Be Your Own Bike Mechanic

    A 6-week bike course that thoroughly tackles all aspects of your bike. The class is tandem-taught by Shannon Belt and Brian Danz, 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 1.5 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 


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

    In Session.

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


    April 26 – May 31: Thursday Mornings, 9 – 11 AM

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

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  • Wheel Building 101

    Week 1: 101, Foundations and Practice

    Wheel Building is a mechanical art form we enjoy and are eager to share! This class will be led by the Portland Gear Hub Service Manager, Tucker Smith along with a 2nd instructor for extra assistance. Class will be capped at 8 students. Each student will have access to their own truing stand and bench space.

    Monday, March 5 & Tuesday, March 6: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
    Over the course of two, 2-hour classes, students in this beginner session will learn the foundations of wheel building concepts and practice building a stock rear wheel that will then be used in the Portland Gear Hub shop for programming and bike builds. Week 1 focuses on education and offers students an opportunity to practice a wheel before investing in their own materials.
    Price: $50 for Week 1; no materials fee

    Week 2: 102, Custom Wheel Build

    Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20: 6:30 – 8:30
    Week 2 is an optional add-on to the Beginner’s 101 session. Students will have already learned the base concepts and will have completed a practice wheel. Students continuing onto Week 2 will learn how to measure spoke lengths and choose a compatible rim and hub of their liking. In another round of two, 2-hour classes of the Custom Wheel Build, students will build up a wheel to keep and ride!
    Students will have hands-on help measuring, selecting, and ordering the components for their wheel to take home. We have the ability to order a wide variety of new rims, spokes, and hubs as well as a selection of used hubs for purchase.
     Price: $125 for Week 1 + Week 2; Materials fee dependent on each student’s needs