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City & Guilds - Level 1 courses

Our intensive, two-day course is the perfect introduction to professional bicycle mechanics. Our friendly tutors demonstrate textbook techniques, then it’s your turn to practice. Each learner has their own workstation with quality tools - and we keep class sizes small. The result? You’ll gain confidence and a fundamental understanding of what makes bikes tick – plus a City & Guilds qualification in cycle mechanics.

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

Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants an accredited introduction to cycle mechanics. This course is popular with home mechanics and those wanting to work in the cycle industry. Experienced mechanics should take a look at our City & Guilds Level 2 course, which is aimed at those who want to progress in the industry or set up their own business.

We are committed to supporting people with additional needs to complete this course. We ask that you contact us before booking so we can understand how best to support you. Please email alison@lifecycleuk.org.uk and leave your telephone number and a brief outline of the kind of support you’ll need.

"The tutor was very good and patient. I feel as though I achieved a great deal and know more about bikes than I ever did." - Leah, Sustrans employee 

Do I need any experience?

Whilst this is an entry-level qualification, this course is not aimed at complete beginners. Ideally, you will have some bike mechanics experience, for example doing basic maintenance on your own – or others’ – bikes.

If you have little or no experience with brakes, gears, or fixing punctures then we recommend you take our 1-day Beginners 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 get you on the right course.

"I attended the City & Guilds Level 1 course in Bike Maintenance, and it was absolutely fantastic! I learned so much, I was a bit nervous, but Rich, the best teacher ever!, made me feel at ease and really encouraged me. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a go at maintaining their bike themselves. It really will give you the confidence, so go ahead and book!!." - Fi Lewis 

Where is it taught?

All courses are taught in either our professional bike workshops in Horfield, Bristol or Derby city centre.

Click here to view the location of our workshop in Horfield, Bristol.

Click here to view the location of our workshop in Derby city centre.

What does it cover?

Our two-day, intensive bike mechanics course builds confidence and fundamental understanding in four key areas:

  • Rim brake removal/re-fitting and adjusting
  • Derailleur gear system removal/re-fitting and tuning
  • Puncture repair from start to finish
  • Comprehensive safety checking

How is it taught?

We teach in small class sizes. 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 1 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics.

What do I need to 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, see Frequently Asked Questions.

"Highly skilled and professional instructors delivering a well-paced course in an excellent workshop. The charity aspect is very impressive too." - Matt Rawlinson 

What does it cost?

The cost of the full two days and certification is £300, bookable online below.

For those having their course paid for by work, email alison@lifecycleuk.org.uk and we can set up an invoice.

If you are unable cover the full cost upfront, you can pay a £50 deposit online and the balance will be due eight weeks before the course start date. If you would like to spread the cost out further, please get in touch to discuss a suitable payment plan.

Private Bookings

You can book a private course for up to six learners at our workshop for £1,600. 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.

Book Online

Upcoming course dates are listed at the bottom of the page. Click on the date you want to check availability and book online.

Should all suitable dates be full, please fill in this short form to register your interest and we will be in touch as soon as we can with new dates or place openings.

Upcoming courses

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 L1

Start Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Sunday, July 24, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 09:00
End Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 17:00
Start Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 09:00
End Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 17:00
Start Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 - 09:00
End Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023 - 17:00

Derby Bike Maintenance - C&G L1

Start Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 17:00
Start Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 17:00

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