Bike Mechanic Workshop & Classes

Classes in our Bike Shop help keep your ride on the road—whether it’s a motorcycle or a pedal bike you use for everyday transportation, an art bike or car you are inspired to create, or a customized hot rod. If it has wheels, you can learn from the pros how to trick it out and keep it running in top condition!

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Browse below for all upcoming Bike Shop classes. Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all upcoming Crucible classes are in-person with strict health and safety policies in place for students, faculty, and staff. You must review all Crucible policies before registering.

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Meet The Bike Shop Department Head: Jared May

Jared fell in love with bicycle mechanics while working at an all-volunteer community workshop, where patrons worked and learned alongside the staff, providing service while also passing on the skills to prepare folks for the next time things go awry. Jared views bicycle mechanics as an accessible introduction to mechanical systems and an avenue for developing general diagnostic skills. He hopes that learning about mechanics and bike building in the Bike Shop will ultimately pique interest into the machine shop and other machine tools. He dreams of a sustainable future where we all live simpler, healthier, more self-sufficient lives, with bicycles (or bike-like vehicles) providing clean, healthy, and reliable transportation to all.

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Bike Mechanics Adult Classes

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching bike mechanics and bike building. Whether you want to learn the basics of a tune-up or tig weld your own bike from the ground up, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of bike mechanic and bike building classes offered below.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to offer all of the classes listed below at this time. You can sign up to be notified when specific classes are offered or browse a list of upcoming classes here

Bicycle Maintenance

Perform a complete tune-up on your own bicycle! As you disassemble and reassemble the entire bike, you will learn the names of the components and the tools used in a professional shop. By the end of the course, you’ll learn how to repair and perform maintenance on your own bicycle.

Basic supplies are provided, but students will need to bring any specialty tires, cables, chains, and gears required. Some items may be available for sale at The Crucible.

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Build A Bike Frame

Weld your own bike frame for a one-speed or geared bike! You will build a chrome-moly steel mountain bike frame using proven geometric principles. Learn about TIG welding, brazing, machining of tubes, bicycle geometry, materials, construction techniques, fixtures, and jigs, while you complete your own unique bicycle frame. TIG Welding II or additional TIG welding experience is recommended, but not required. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I

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Flat Fix

Learn to properly uninstall a wheel and fix a flat on a bicycle. You will learn both good and bad tube installation techniques, as well as proper tire level options and when and where it is appropriate to use patches.

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Sheet Metal Forming with Evan Wilcox

Gain invaluable skills for fabricating parts for motorcycles, cars, airplanes, and sculptures. Learn how to form sheet metal into tanks, fenders, and fairings, using gas-aluminum welding, a planishing hammer, an English wheel, and hand forming tools. Class time is split between instruction and lab time where students can use Crucible equipment. You will have a chance to make your own project.

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Bike Mechanics Youth Classes

In the Bike Shop Department, we offer youth classes specifically for ages 8-11 and 12-18. In these classes, The Crucible provides a unique setting for youth to get hands-on making bikes, cars, skateboards, and all other wheeled wonders, exploring their creative voices and absorbing real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can see all The Crucible’s offerings for youth here.

Youth Frame Alteration: Art Bike (ages 12-18)

Customize your bicycle in this exciting workshop! Students learn basic fabrication skills in MIG welding, plasma cutting, grinding, and finishing to reconstruct bikes. Frames will be stripped and you will learn to redesign and alter handlebars, rims, seat posts, and frames to create a unique look that will make your bike the talk of the neighborhood.

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Youth Gravity Cars (ages 8-11)

Build. Test. Adjust. Race! Gravity Cars is a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition on a large, undulating track inspired by the Nerdy Derby. Gravity Cars reward creativity, cleverness, and ingenuity.

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Youth Skateboard Building (ages 12-18)

Design and build your very own custom skateboard from seven layers of hard maple veneer. Learn woodworking techniques and the concepts of vacuum press veneering and bending wood. You will practice using basic woodworking power tools, including the band saw and power sanders, as well as hand tools, such as files, rasps, and planes. Apply a basic wood finish and set up your skateboard deck to ride. This course is based on the book The Handmade Skateboard, by Matt Berger.

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Youth Bicycle Maintenance (ages 12-18)

Learn in-depth knowledge of bike mechanics, bicycle design, and how and why bikes are built the way they are. Youth students will disassemble and reassemble an entire bike, learning the names of components and tools used in professional shops. Bring in your own bike or learn on one available in The Crucible’s shop. You’ll ride away with a hands-on understanding of bicycle maintenance and safety.

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Being Prepared For Your Bike Shop Class

Bike shop classes are held on the main floor of our building. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and we will be happy to accommodate.

Students must arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames.

The Crucible requests students always arrive in studio safe clothing when working. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Learn more about bike maintenance from our online guide.

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