Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to fine tune your advanced skills, FTR can arrange the perfect course for you and your bike. That might be as part of a group or club, or one 2 one if you prefer.
Rob Rowe, owner and founder of FTR will be your instructor and courses broadly follow the Park Tools School program, with a few extra tips thrown in from former aircraft engineer and race mechanic Rob.
For most of the courses, the Park Big Blue Book of Bike Repairs is included in the price. It’s easy to use, full of illustrative pictures and a great reference tool that covers basic jobs right up to more advanced bike repairs.
Our courses aim to give you the skills you need to carry out maintenance and repairs at home. You won’t actually be servicing your own bike, but learning how to fix issues as and when they arise. There’s lots of ground to cover, so courses are a mix of lectures, demos and some hands-on experience. As you work your way up the grades, you’ll find yourself doing more practical work as your competence levels increase. So you can expect more hands-on training on the intermediate and advanced courses, to match your growing skills!
What should I bring?
Tools and bike stands are provided, but you should bring your own bike and any tools you have. This allows Rob to advise on which tools you’ll need, to be able to practice what you’ve learnt at home.
Our maintenance courses
Beginner – £55pp – 3.5 hrs
Designed for people new to cycling. This course will help you look after your bike, keep it clean and inspect it for safety. This can help you identify small jobs, before they turn into big ones! We’ll cover essential road side repairs that will help prevent a long walk home. We’ll cover:
- Bike anatomy
- Bike safety check
- Bike / rider set up
- Road / trail side repairs, including wheel removal
- Tools / spares to carry
- Cleaning & looking after your bike
- Types of lube & lubrication for your bike.
2-5 people per course
Basic – £145pp, 7.5 hrs
This course is designed for riders who can fix a flat, but would like to be able to carry out a basic service and adjustment with a basic set of tools. You’ll need the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, which is included in the price (rrp £24.99) We’ll cover:
- Bike classification
- Bike cleaning
- Bike lubrication
- Bike safety check
- Bike / rider setup
- Fit / fix chain
- Adjust brakes (cable, v, canti, disc MTB
- Adjust headset
- Get you home repairs / tools to carry
- Tools for the course
2-4 people per course
Intermediate – £165pp, 8 hrs
This course is designed for riders who can fix a flat and carry out basic adjustments on the bike. You’ll learn how to deal with routine wear and tear and part replacement. You’ll need the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, which is included in the price (rrp £24.99) We’ll cover:
- Basic bike maintenance
- Tyres and tubes
- Cassettes / sprockets / hubs
- Basic wheel truing
- Pedals / cranksets / bottom brackets / chains
- Derailleur systems
- Brakes, rims & discs
- Finishing kit
1-3 people per course
Advanced – £229pp, 2 days
This is the most comprehensive course we offer. One to one tuition means you’ll get Rob’s full attention and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions as you learn. You’ll perform a full strip down and rebuild of the bike, looking at different components and tools needed for each section. You’ll need the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, which is included in the price (rrp £24.99). We’ll cover:
- Bike care basics
- Bike maintenance basics
- Tyres & tubes
- Rear sprockets
- Basic wheel true
- Pedals, cranksets, chains
- Derailleur systems
- Brake systems – disc & calliper
- Bar / stem / saddle / seat post
- Headsets / forks
- Basic suspension
- Basic rider set-up
- Trail side repairs.
Course is delivered one-2-one over 2 days
Derailleur systems – £75pp, 3hrs
This course goes into more detail about how to set-up, adjust and maintain derailleurs, for smooth operating gears. We’ll look at major manufacturers including SRAM, Shimano & Campagnolo. You’ll need the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, which is included in the price (rrp £24.99). We’ll cover:
- Cable systems
- Front derailleur
- Rear derailleur
- System wear
- Trouble shooting
2-4 per course
Interested in a course?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating what you’d like to cover and we’ll provide you with a quote.
We prefer to hold courses that are 7 hours or more during a weekday, but will work our dates around you. So please state any days you’d prefer when you get in touch.
Rob is one of the most knowledgeable, calm, friendly and helpful tradesmen I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He came over to our house for the day to service three bikes we will be taking on a ride to Spain. I asked him to spend the day with me so I could learn about doing the various repairs during our trip. He explained everything in a very clear and concise way without using lots of technical jargon and he very rapidly got my bike running smoothly again. He is very reasonable in all aspects of his business and I could not recommend him more highly.