City & Guilds

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics

Who is it for?

Anyone already working in the cycle industry who wants a recognised qualification, those looking to take a significant step to joining the trade or home mechanics eager to take their skills to the next level.

What does it cover?

Day 1 Induction and workshop rules.

Health & Safety Procedures.

British & European Standards for Bicycles.

Repairing a cycle puncture on rear wheel derailleur bike. Tyres and tubes.

Day 2 Remove, assess and refit a rim brake assembly (V-brakes, canti and dual pivot plus replacing cables).

Basic set up and maintenance of cable operated and hydraulic disc brakes (this is not assessed).

Day 3 Remove, service and refit complete derailleur gear system. Includes chain, cassette/freewheel, crankset, shifters and cables.
Day 4 Remove, service and refit: wheel hub bearings, freehubs and loose/cartridge bearings.
Day 5 Remove, service and refit bottom brackets: adjustable, cartridge and external.

Facing and chasing of bottom bracket shells.

Day 6 Remove, service and replace headset assemblies: quill and ahead.

Facing and Reaming of the headtube.

Day 7 Building a cycle wheel: lacing and truing theory and practice.
Day 8 Build a cycle wheel: theory recap, practice and assessment.
Day 9 Augmenting a cycle by fitting accessories (mudguards, lights, rack).

Carry out a systematic M-Check

Day 10 Change a cycle frame: striping a bike to its bare frame, rebuilding and adjusting.

Each topic will be assessed as you go. On successful completion of all sections, you will be awarded a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics (3902-28).

Cost, Booking and Payment

  • The 10 day course costs £1,000 (includes all tools and parts, lunches and refreshments)
  • To book your place email admin@nottinghambikeworks.org.uk with the subject line ‘C&G Level 2’.
  • We will contact you and provide you with our bank details for payment via BACS.
  • Bookings more than 4 weeks in advance can be secured with a non-refundable £200 deposit.
  • The balance is due 4 weeks before the course start date.
  • Bookings are subject to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Our premises and facilities

You will be based in The Raleigh Community Workshop, part of our premises in an old Victorian Mill. These premises are light and spacious, warm in winter and cool in summer. Each student will have the sole use of a fully equipped workstation and work stand, plus all our professional bike shop tooling and supplies.

We aim to create a friendly and comfortable atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed. Free refreshments are available throughout the day, and we also lay on a hot, home-cooked vegetarian lunch every day. The ‘bike-shop’ part of the premises (refurbished bike sales, repairs and parts) are open to the public so you may also see a few of our regular customers.

What should you bring?

Just yourself and a willingness to learn. We will supply everything else: aprons, gloves, bikes to work on, comprehensive digital teaching notes and all tools and parts. You will also get a free copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair to take away.