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City & Guilds - Level 2 Cycle Mechanic Courses

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have suspended our training courses until September. If you would like to book onto the September course, please scroll to the bottom of the page. We are working hard to adapt our ways of working – and our workshop layout - to make it safe for people to learn under the current Government guidelines.

About the course

Life Cycle UK offers part time, accredited 10-day courses that teach bike mechanics to City & Guilds "Level 2 Cycle Mechanic" standard - the industry standard qualification for professional mechanics.

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.

What does it cover?

  • Day 1 - Workshop induction, health & safety, tyres tubes and punctures
  • Day 2 - Brakes: remove, replace & configure V-brakes, Cantilever and Dual Pivot rim brake assemblies. Introduction to cable and hydraulic disc brakes
  • Day 3 - Gears: remove, replace & configure derailleurs, chain, cassette/freewheel, chain set, cables and shifters
  • Day 4 - Hub bearings: remove, replace & service loose and cartridge bearings
  • Day 5 - Bottom brackets (adjustable, cartridge & external); cranks; facing bottom brackets
  • Day 6 - Headset assembly & servicing; facing & reaming the headtube
  • Day 7 - Wheel Building (Part 1: theory and practice)
  • Day 8 - Wheel Building (Part 2: build and assessment)
  • Day 9 - Accessory fitting & systematic bike check
  • Day 10 – Full bike re-build & final assessments

Each area will be assessed as we cover it. On completion of all assessments, you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics (3902-28).

"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

What should you bring?

We will supply overalls, gloves, workstands, bikes to work on, comprehensive teaching notes and all tools. As this is a proper qualification, you will be expected to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the course. 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.


£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 call/email to arrange). .

Course format

We deliver the course 2 days per week over 5 consecutive weeks at our fully equipped workshop in Bristol.


Upcoming course dates are listed below. Click on the title to book.


Expression of interest C&G level 2

Expression of interest C&G level 2

Courses will be 4 people per course and November is the next potential date with more to follow in the new year.  There is a lot of demand and we are working very hard to get live dates as soon as possible. Please fill out our expression of interest form and we will be in touch with any news soon.

Expression of interest form