Adult Courses and Registration

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Adult Bicycle Maintenance courses happening in July!

Sign up for just the one you want to learn or check out our new Fast Track Earn-a-Bike Program! Sign up for all 5 mechanic classes at once at a fraction of the cost and receive a bike to use your spiffy new mechanic skills on to help get it rolling again. Please stay tuned by liking us on Facebook and sign up to sign up here to receive updates about future courses.

We know – bicycles can be scary. Riding on the street among cars, the squeaky, clicky noise your bike makes every time you pedal, your wobbly wheels and brakes that barely stop you – any one of these things can easily keep you from getting back in the saddle. At the Austin Yellow Bike Project, we want to teach you how to fix all those simple problems and how to ride like a seasoned pro on the streets of Austin, Texas and elsewhere. Our staff is a team of daily, transportation cyclists and bicycle mechanics who have ridden their bicycles not only in Austin, but across the country and even the globe. We have learned from the bottom up how to fix flat tires, rebuild drivetrains, and navigate the busy streets of a growing city. With our classes, you too will soon be confidently riding your bicycle to work or wherever you please and with the knowledge that a flat tire won’t leave you stranded!

For a full listing of classes, visit our Eventbrite page

  • The cost of each class is $25 unless otherwise noted.
  • Classes are non-refundable.
  • All mechanics courses include time to work on your own bicycle at the end.
  • All courses take place indoors, with the exception of Commuting 101. The building is not heated or air-conditioned, however, so dress appropriately.
  • Registration closes for all courses 24 hours before the scheduled class.

Commuting 101

Commuting 101 ClassYou’ve ridden your bike on the hike-and-bike trail, around the neighborhood, and maybe even on a Thursday night social ride, but you wouldn’t dare ride your bike to work or to get around town… or would you?

This course is for the cyclist who wants to incorporate their bicycle into a more active part of their transportation. YBP ed staff are seasoned commuters, both in the streets of Austin and around the world. Come pick our brains!


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.
  • Please print and fill out the Registration and Waiver forms before the start of class.
  • Your own fully functional and road ready bicycle — a large portion of this class will be on the road!

What you’ll learn:

  • How to stay safe in traffic
  • Best bicycle routes for getting around town
  • Laws pertaining to your rights on the road as a cyclist
  • How to carry your stuff

 

Fix-A-Flat

Yellow bike coordinator with tubesThere’s more to fixing a flat than just sticking in a new tube and pumping it up – though even that can be intimidating. Our hands-on Fix-a-Flat course will provide a comprehensive course on dealing with flats, including causes and preventions, best-practices, and relevant tire and tube technology.

Paid registration also includes a set of tire levers, a patch kit, and all the tubes you patch during the course. And all of our bicycle mechanics classes end with a guided experience working on your own bike!


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to patch a tube
  • Proper wheel re-installation on different bicycle and dropout styles
  • Emergency tactics for dealing with flats and blow-outs

 

Unbreakable Brakes

Close up of a front brake on bikeDon’t settle for squeaky, squishy brakes – a few quick adjustments can have you stopping on a dime.

With this hands-on, classroom style course, you will be able to identify the various parts of your bicycle’s braking system, replace worn out brake pads and cables, and fine-tune everything to a T. (Disc brakes not covered in this class.)


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.

What you’ll learn:

  • Survey of common rim brake technologies
  • Cable, housing and brake pad replacement
  • Repair and maintenance on caliper, linear-pull (“v brakes”), and cantilever brakes
  • How to make quick adjustments on the go
  • How to properly adjust brakes for maximum stopping and minimal squealing

 

Shifting Gears

Image of rear gears or cassetteDon’t let skipping gears and a dropped chain derail you – the Austin Yellow Bike Project can teach you how to keep your drivetrain silently spinning as you pedal along!

This survey course will teach you the basics of maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing common issues with your bicycle’s drivetrain. And all of our bicycle mechanics classes end with a guided experience working on your own bike!


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to identify different types of shifters and derailleurs
  • Basic drivetrain maintenance
  • How to troubleshoot and repair common shifting problems
  • Shifter & derailleur tune-ups

 

Get Your Bearings

Bottom bracket broken a partBearings make your bike go ’round. If you let them get dried out, expensive repairs and part replacements can be in store.

This hands-on, classroom style course provides an introduction to the three basic bearing systems on every bicycle you’ve ever owned – the wheel hubs, the bottom bracket, and the headset. Don’t know what those are? Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. And all of our bicycle mechanics classes end with a guided experience working on your own bike!


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to service bearing systems, including disassembly, cleaning, inspection, greasing and reassembly
  • How to identify parts that need replacement
  • How to fine-tune adjust bearing systems for smooth operation

 

Wheel Truing

Bike wheel rolling through grass
Wobbly wheels only get worse with every bump and pothole, but they’re not the end of the world.Come learn the best ways to true your bicycle’s wheels as regular maintenance and repair. Several other aspects of wheel technology are discussed and demonstrated to demystify this important but often-overlooked aspect of bicycle functionality. Then our experienced instructors can guide you through working on our practice wheels and then on your own wheels!

Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.

What you’ll learn:

  • Lateral and radial wheel truing techniques.
  • Best-practices for truing multiple types of wheels
  • Wheel-specific technical info that you can really use


 

Build Your Own Bicycle Panniers

Bike with rear rack and two kitty litter bucket panniersDo you want to be able to use your bicycle in the same ways that you use your car? Come build a waterproof, sturdy, and easily-removable trunk out of upcycled plastic containers! Then you can easily haul groceries, supplies for work or school, or even camping gear! With our instruction (and optional materials) you can add up to 5.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Participants are welcome to bring in their own square-ish buckets, for example Kitty litter plastic containers, with lids if possible. Otherwise, please select the ticket option including buckets during enrollment. We recommend buckets with lids, if possible.


Requirements:

  • Register for Class: $25 paid at least 24 hours in advance, unless paying cash
  • Cash payments are accepted at the time of the class, but you must register 24 hours in advance by emailing ybpeducation@gmail.com with the name of the class, date, start time, and your name and phone number.
  • (Optional) Bring your own buckets and save $10!
  • All mounting hardware is included in every registration
  • Participants must bring their own bike with rack mounted for purpose of pannier design and fitting.

What you’ll learn:

  • How make waterproof panniers out of salvageable plastic containers that easily attach to almost any bicycle’s rear or front rack.

Corporate Events – The Yellow Bike Project can host your next corporate event! We teach our volunteers all the skills necessary to refurbish used kids bikes. By the end of the day, your employees will have worked together to get a used kids bike ready to roll again. The Yellow Bike Project will donate those bikes directly back to the community and local kids in need of a new ride. Sign up for email updates and send us your specific interest or questions.

Youth Classes – You can learn more about our programs for kids by checking out out Youth Classes page!