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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 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 alison@lifecycleuk.org.uk. We’ll do our best to find the right course for you.

“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 workshops in either Horfield, Bristol, or Derby city centre.

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. 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.

For more details, read our Frequently Asked Questions


£1,250 per place. Book online, below. Either pay in full today, pay a deposit with the balance due eight weeks before the course start date or if you would like to spread the cost out further, please get in touch to discuss a suitable 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 alison@lifecycleuk.org.uk to arrange).

Private Bookings

You can book a private course for up to six learners at our workshop for £7,000. Alternatively, for an additional charge, we can come to you (within a 50-mile radius of Bristol). Please get in touch and we can give you a quote alison@lifecylceuk.org.uk.


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

We're working hard to schedule lots more courses this summer - and later in the year. If you can't find a date below that suits you, please scroll down and complete our expression of interest form. You'll be added to our mailing list and we'll email you as soon as new dates have been released.

Bristol Bike Maintenance - C&G L2

Start Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 17:00

Start Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 17:00

Start Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 17:00

Start Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 17:00

Derby Bike Maintenance - C&G L2

Start Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 17:00

Start Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 17:00

Start Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 17:00

Expression of Interest form - City and Guilds

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