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City & Guilds - Level 2 Cycle Mechanic Courses

Our professionally accredited City & Guilds Level 2 course teaches the essential skills for mechanical excellence. Anyone who wants to be successful in the bicycle industry should have this qualification on their CV. The course is also ideal for confident home mechanics who want to develop their skills to a professional standard.

Click here for upcoming course dates and to book your place. To find out more, read our FAQs section below.

Frequently asked questions

About the course

This is an accredited eight-day, Bristol-based course that teaches bike mechanics to City & Guilds "Level 2 Cycle Mechanic" standard - the industry-standard qualification for professional mechanics. Each unit is taught in a detailed, systematic way, to ensure that learners follow the correct procedures and tasks are completed to a professional standard.

Who is it for?

Anyone working in the bike industry who wants a recognised qualification or experienced home mechanics looking to take their knowledge to the next level.

Do I need any experience?

Ideally you will have quite a lot of bike mechanics experience, for example, confident doing basic maintenance on your own – or others’ – bikes and some experience taking parts like cassettes, bottom brackets, forks off the bike and re-fitting them.

If you have only a little experience with brakes, gears, or fixing punctures then we recommend you take our City & Guilds Level 1 course first.

Not sure which course is for you?

If you’re not sure where you’re at, please contact hub@lifecycleuk.org.uk we’ll do our best to get you on the right course.

“Employing somebody who knows about cycle maintenance is fairly easy. But employing a qualified, competent technician who can legitimize our insurance needs and give the customers the peace of mind they deserve is difficult. The City & Guilds training is creating bicycle mechanics, not just enthusiasts” - David Mckinven, YoBike UK operations manager 

Where is it taught?

All courses are taught in our professional bike workshop in Horfield, Bristol.

What does it cover?

  • Workshop induction, health & safety, tyres tubes and punctures
  • Brakes: remove, replace & configure V-brakes, Cantilever and Dual Pivot rim brake assemblies. Introduction to cable and hydraulic disc brakes
  • Gears: remove, replace & configure derailleurs, chain, cassette/freewheel, chain set, cables and shifters
  • Hub bearings: remove, replace & service loose and cartridge bearings
  • Bottom brackets (adjustable, cartridge & external); cranks; facing bottom brackets
  • Headset assembly & servicing; facing & reaming the headtube
  • Wheel Building (Part 1: theory and practice)
  • Wheel Building (Part 2: build and assessment)
  • Accessory fitting & systematic bike check
  • Full bike re-build & final assessments

In addition to the official units we offer the following extras to all level 2 students:

  • Training in working on a variety braking systems - hydraulic disc, cable disc, caliper brakes (dual pivot) and cantilever
  • An opportunity to work on hub gear systems - including Sturmey Archer and Nexus
  • Opportunities to learn how to fit cartridge and pressfit bottom brackets
  • Fitting tubeless tyres

"The course was excellent in all aspects and exceeded my expectations. The pace was perfect, practical examples were first class and demystified a lot of technical issues. The instructor's previous teaching experience shone throughout." - Martin

How is it taught?

We teach in small class sizes (maximum of four). We deliver the course 2 days per week over 4 consecutive weeks. The course is very hands-on: Our first-class tutors demonstrate professional techniques, then there is plenty of time to practice and hone your skills. The course is mainly practical with a small written element. If required, we can support you with reading and writing skills.

This is an accredited course: Each unit will be assessed as we cover it. Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics.

What should you bring?

We supply each learner with all tools, aprons, gloves, a work stand, and comprehensive teaching notes. We provide dedicated "teaching bikes" to ensure a consistent learning experience - leaving you free to practice your skills on your own bike when you get home.

All learners will also get a free copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair to take away.

For more details, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Cost

£1,100 per place. Book online, below. Either pay in full today or pay a deposit and we will get in touch to discuss a payment plan. All bookings must be paid for in full well in advance before the course start date to secure your place.

We can also set up an invoice to be paid before the start of the course (please email hub@lifecycleuk.org.uk to arrange).

Book

Upcoming course dates are listed below. Click on the title to book. Can't find a date that suits you? Scroll down to fill out our Expression of Interest form.

Upcoming course dates - book now

Start Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 17:00


Start Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 17:00


Start Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 17:00


Expression of interest C&G level 2

Expression of interest C&G level 2

Courses will be limited to 4 people per course. There is a lot of demand and we are working very hard to get as many dates available as we can. Please fill out our expression of interest form and we will be in touch with any news soon.

Expression of interest form

 

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