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
This activity counts towards:
- Travel activity
How it helps
- Develops practical life skills
- Builds cycling confidence
- Gateway to other cycling initiatives