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The All About Brakes Mechanics’ Class

Friday, February 21st, 2014

This past Thursday we learned all about brakes in mechanics’ class! After Ben led a stellar lecture we got a detailed analysis of sidepull brakes with Dave, cantilever brakes with Justin, v-brakes with Matt and disc brakes with Ben. Then we all got to hone our skills working on shop bikes.

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Ben starts off class with a great lecture on brake systems.

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Types of cable housing.

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Dave going over sidepull brakes.

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…more on sidepull brakes…

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Sidepull brakes on different cycles…

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Justin and Jack get into cantilever brakes.

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Ian works on a set of cantilever brakes with Justin.

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Ben…hydraulic disc brakes!

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Explaining disc brakes for myself, Ian & Jack.

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Close up on Ben’s disc brakes.

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Matt hones in on v-brakes.

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Matt and Ian talk v-brakes.

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At the end of class we get a chance to work on bikes. Here Derek and Ian explore brakes further.

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Molly repacks a hub.

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Wwwhhhhhheeeeeeeeellll!!

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Justin addresses the class.

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Winter Mechanics’ Class!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

We’re about halfway through winter mechanics’ class at the co-op and having a blast! Check it out:

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The class on wheels commences!

 

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Hub explanations to an attentive class

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Justin & Kalie work through how to check tubes.

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Wheel sizing with Dave & students.

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Ben talks wheels!

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How to true with Matt.

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Trueing away!

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Students working away at the trueing stand.

 

Women’s Wrenching Nights Are Back!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Starting tomorrow Women’s Wrenching Nights return to the Fort Collins Bike Co-Op! Women are welcome to come on down to the co-op for an evening of friendly learning and wrenching. See the flyer below for more details. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Bike Mechanics Class

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Winter Bike Mechanics Class kicked off two weeks ago with a packed house. Claire, Justin, and Ben are co-teaching this session of 14 students. Due to demand, we’ll be offering more of these courses in the future. Stay tuned for future offerings.

    

   

   

 

Quick n’ Dirty Week 8 – Bike Fit

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Most people view bike fitting as a scientific discipline, especially those who treat cycling as a sport. Why don’t you view the following images of several bike fitting professionals in action and then decide for yourself.

Do you want this bike fitting professional to massage your shoulders while you’re getting your bike fit?

We’ll, if you’re paying $175 and you’re already riding on a trainer without a shirt on, why not? It’s included in the package, right?

Maybe this is standard procedure. It appears that this second bike fitting professional is tickling the knee of this male cyclist, sporting the always classy, bibs only look.

“Knee, tell me which way I should move his saddle.”

And yes, ladies, bike fitting is for you too. You can pay these two gentleman $100 to inspect your buttocks and say things like “from the way you’re moving your pelvis, it’s clear that we need to go the custom route.”

Enough fun. Here’s the handout - QnD_Fit. There is some truth to Bontrager’s 3 basic measurements and KOPS, but the best way to figure out what fits you is to ride a lot on many different bikes.