Bike maintenance skills

Bike maintenance skills

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary school pupils.

Bike maintenance sessions provide practical skills to help your school community keep their bikes roadworthy.

Run by a bike mechanic or a knowledgeable member of staff, these hands-on sessions allow participants to get to grips with the mechanics of how a bike works.

Sessions can cover the basics of making sure your bike is safe to use with an ABC (air, brakes, chain) check, through to repairing punctures, putting a chain back on, and more advanced bike mechanics. 

Sessions should be tailored to the needs of your pupils and school community.

If you have pupils who are interested in more advanced bike mechanics such as making old bikes roadworthy your local police or local bike shop may have bikes you could use. Some organisations also offer certified courses (see Resources).

What you'll need

  • Basic tools and puncture repair equipment. A hired mechanic may be able to bring these
  • Designated space in the school grounds, ideally with shelter
  • Bike mechanic(s) to provide expert knowledge and guidance (or a knowledgeable member of staff)
  • Budget for a bike mechanic

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer; share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your pupils. Take photos of participants working on their bikes and keep a register. Note how they have used the sessions and how this has helped you meet your targets
  • Sign in to STARS to add your story. Explain the activity, add photos and include your pupils’ feedback and a copy of the session register. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials you have used

Activity steps

1
Speak to your borough officer
Your borough officer may be able to offer advice on booking a bike mechanic or working with a local cycle shop
2
Call in the experts
Book your session with a mechanic or ask a knowledgeable member of staff to hold the session. Discuss which skills pupil
3
Schedule your session
Decide what time will work best for the session(s) – it could be during lesson time, before or after school or at the weekend
4
Promotion
Spread the word about the bike maintenance skills session in your school's newsletter, on notice boards, the website and in assemblies
5
Get learning
Hold your session. You could use this as an opportunity to promote other cycling initiatives at your school
6
Check for success
Ask your pupils how they found the session(s); was it useful and/or enjoyable? What practical skills did they develop and what else would they like to learn?
7
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website

Tags

  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Develops practical life skills
  • Builds cycling confidence
  • Gateway to other cycling initiatives

Resources

Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity