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Southside - Megastore
312-794-4155

2540 S Wabash
M-F 11-8
Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6

Northwest - Megastore
773-282-0202

3255 N. Milwaukee
M-T 11-8, F 11-9
Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6

Northside
773-281-2263

3712 N. Halsted
M-F 11-8
Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6

Near North
312-266-1700

219 W. Erie
M-F 10-8
Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6

South Loop
312-360-0020

811 S. DesPlaines
M-F 11-8
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 10-6, Sun 12-6

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Novice

Curriculum/Timetables

The Novice Class runs approx. 7 hours and is $127.55.

   Minutes  Teaching Style
BASIC BICYCLE MAINTENANCE    
 Welcome 15   Lecture
 Threaded Fastener Tension & Torque  5  Lecture
 Lubrication, Thread Lockers & Cleaners    Reading
 Diagnosing Mechanical Problems  

 Reading

 Tools and Tool Selection    Reading
 Repair Stands    Reading
 Home Shop Set Up    Reading
 Maintenance Schedule  5  Lecture
TIRES & TUBES    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Removing Wheels  5  Lecture
 Removing Tire and Tube from Rim 10  Demo & Lab
 Inspecting the Inner Tube  5  Lecture
 Inspecting the Tire  5  Lecture
 Rim Strip  5  Reading
 Repairing Inner Tubes 10  Demo
 Pre-Glued Patch Repair    Reading
 Repairing Inner Tubes with Self-Vulcanizing Patches  

 Included with Repairing Tubes

 Inner Tube Sealants    Reading
 Tire Liners  Reading
 Temporary Relief of Tire with Tire Boot    Reading
 Inner Tube Valves  5  Lecture
 Tire & Tube Sizing    Reading
 Installing Tire & Tube on Wheel 10  Demo & Lab
 Installing Wheels on Bike 10  Demo & Lab
 Tubeless Systems  5  Lecture
 REAR SPROCKETS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Cassette Sprocket Removal & Installation  5  Demo
 Freewheel Sprocket Removal & Installation    Included with Cassette
 Rear Sprocket Inspection & Cleaning 10  Demo & Lab
WHEEL TRUING    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Truing Procedures  5  Lecture
 Lateral Truing 10  Demo
 Radial Truing  Reading
 Wheel Centering (Dishing)  Reading
 Spoke Tension  Reading
 Replacing Broken or Damaged Spokes  Reading
 Wheel Wear, Damage and Repair  10  Lecture
PEDALS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Pedal Removal  5  Demo & Lab
 Pedal Installation  5  Demo & Lab
CRANKETS
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Crank Removal (3 Piece Cranks) 10  Demo
 External Bearing Crankset Systems 10  Demo
 Bottom Bracket Bearing System  5  Lecture
 Cartridge Bottom Brackets 10  Demo & Lab
 Adjustable Bottom Brackets  Reading
 Chainrings  Reading
 Chainring Replacement  Reading
 Chainring Wear & Damage  Lecture
CHAINS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Chain Sizing for Derailleur Bikes 10  Demo & Lab
 Shimano Chain Service with Replacement Rivet  5  Demo
 Campagnolo 10-Speed Chain  Reading
 Chain with Master-links  5  Lecture
 Chain with Reusable Rivet  Reading
 New Chain Installation on Derailleur Bikes  Reading
 Tight Link Repair  5  Lecture
 Sizing & Tension Adjustment: 2 Sprocket Bikes  Reading
 Tension - 2 Sprocket Bikes w/out Tension Idler Device  Reading
 Tension Using Idler Chain Tension Device  Reading
 Tension: Eccentric Bottom Bracket on Tandem/Single Speeds  Reading
 Chain Wear & Damage  5  Lecture
 Chain Cleaning  5  Demo
 Chain Lubrication 10  Demo & Lab
DERAILLEUR SYSTEMS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Cable System  5  Lecture
 Cable Housing Length  Reading
 Cable Lubrication  Reading
 Shift Levers  Reading
 Front Derailleur 10  Demo
 Height Adjustment  Included w/Demo Above
 Rotational Angle Adjustment  Included w/Demo Above
 Limit Screw Adjustment 10  Demo & Lab
 Index Adjustment (3 Chainring Bikes) 10  Demo
 Index Adjustment (2 Chainring Bikes)  Included w/Demo Above
 Front Derailleur Performance  Reading
 Rear Derailleur  5  Lecture
 Derailleur Capacity & Maximum Sprocket Size  Reading
 Derailleur Cable Attachment  Reading
 Limit Screw Adjustment 10  Demo & Lab
 B-Screw Adjustment  Reading
 Index Adjustment 15  Demo & Lab
 Chainline  Reading
 Derailleur Hanger Alignment & Repair  Reading
 Derailleur Wear & Service  Reading
 Troubleshooting  Reading
CALIPER DISC BRAKE SYSTEMS
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Caliper Types  5  Lecture
 Rotors  Reading
 Hydraulic Brake Levers  Reading
 Hydraulic Disc Calipers  Reading
 Hydraulic Brake Caliper Adjustment 10  Demo
 Mechanical Disc Calipers 10  Demo
 Brake Lever  Reading
 Caliper Pad Alignment & Clearance  Reading
 Avid Mechanical Brake  Reading
RIM CALIPER BRAKE SYSTEMS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Brake Levers  5  Lecture
 Cable System  Included with Levers
 Cable Lubrication  Reading
 Cable Housing Length  Included with Levers
 Caliper Brakes 20  Demo & Lab
 Brake Pads    Included in Lab Above
 Cantilever Caliper Adjustment    Included in Lab Above
 Linear Pull Caliper Adjustment    Included in Lab Above
 Dual Pivot Caliper Adjustment    Included in Lab Above
 Side Pull Caliper Adjustment  Included in Lab Above
HANDLEBARS, STEMS, SEATS & SEATPOSTS    
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Upright Bars  5  Lecture
 Drop Style Handlebars (road bars)  Included with Bars
 Stems  5  Lecture
 Quill Stems  Included with Stems
 Threadless Stems  Included with Stems
 Saddles  5  Reading
 Seat Post    Reading
FRAME & FORK
 Overview  Reading
 Component Parts of the Frame  Reading
 Frame Construction and Service  Reading
SUSPENSION
 Overview  5  Lecture
 Spring Types  5  Lecture
 Shocks  Reading
 Suspension Linkages  Reading
 Service & Tuning  Reading
ON-RIDE REPAIRS
 Overview  Reading
 Repair Procedures  Reading
BIKE WASH
 Procedures  Reading