Learn-A-Bike – Bicycle Mechanic Workshops


These workshops cover in-depth bicycle maintenance, and bicycle mechanic training. They will dive deep into subjects that we do not have the time for during normal shop operation. Completion of all workshops will earn you a certification from WEAB, and serves as the bike highway on our Apprentice track. We are especially interested in candidates who identify as non-male and non-white, as we want to change the belief that bicycle mechanic skills belong to one sex, gender, or ethnicity. Workshops are free if you are earning a bicycle. No-one is turned away for lack of funds.

Bicycling 101

 What is a Bicycle? Seriously, what is it…? If you’ve just started riding or even are a seasoned rider who doesn’t know your chain stay from your drop-out, this workshop will demystify “The Bicycle” in all its many forms. Starting with a light history of cycling (first paved road was built for cyclists, not cars!), we will go on to explore the components of a Bicycle, and how they all work. We will also fix a flat tire and patch inner-tubes.

Tools of a Bike Mechanic

We got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
We’ve got whosits and whatsits galore
You want thingamabobs?
We got twenty But who cares?
No big deal We want more!

This is a guided tour and demonstration of the WEAB shop tools. We have a plethora of special tools and supplies all dedicated to keeping those wheels spinning.

Cranks, Chains, and Cassettes

Whats the difference between a 7,8,9 speed drive system? –9 ate 7 in the dust…
Learn how your bicycle moves forward, the difference between freewheels and cassettes, and all the crazy math and engineering that goes into designing the drive-train of your bicycle. We will build a cassette, replace bad a chaining on a crank, replace a bad chain link, and differentiate between 5,6, 7,8,9,10,11, and BMX chains.

Derailleurs (front and rear)

Cable actuated drive systems! If you don’t know that that means, you should still come in and tune your shifting. Shifting on bicycles is done via a pulley system


Steering Assembly (Headsets)

Bottom Brackets

 Wheel Hubs

Wheel Truing


If you have an idea for a class or want to learn a specific skill email us Info@worcesterearnabike.org