Park Tool School

Cycle Tech UK The practical bicycle home mechanics school!

1/2 day gift voucher is a perfect present for a friend or loved one. More here............

These classes are for complete beginners who want to save time and money through Home Bicycle School.
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It's a course designed by Park Tool and taught in the UK by a limited number of accredited workshops.
All students will receive The Park Tool School certificate after successfully completing the Park Tool School of Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Clinic.

Instructor Martin is a qualified cycle mechanic who will guide you in easy steps how to maintain your bicycle! 
The course is aimed at the beginner and those with a little mechanical knowledge. After the course, you will have a basic knowledge and an understanding of how to look after your bicycle and do your own repairs, cutting the cost of maintenance, and enjoying more time cycling. Students textbook manuals available to use or to buy.

For bookings and more info please e mail: 

Knowing how to maintain your bicycle can help you avoid extra repair bills and keep your bicycle operating at its best. We will show you how to keep your bicycle in top condition, with simple checks to make sure things are running as they should.

This course is run at your home and within the High Wycombe and Great Missenden areas.

New for 2018 - Buy a bike from eBay and learn to re-build it. 
£P.O.A depending on project. 
This can include choosing the right bike and size to complete strip down (send frame for re-paint) and rebuild with new parts. You will also learn how to maintain it. 

D of E Award Program available - Development of practical skills and personal interests.

Bookings now available for 1/2 day and full day with just 1 weeks notice

Park Tool School Cycle maintenance Classes:

Foundation course in home cycle maintenance – 1/2 day- Cost: £85.00. Discounts for group bookings of 4 or more.
The course includes wheel removal and installation, puncture repair, gear tuning and basic brake adjustment. Want to know how to set up your bike correctly (vital if you’re going to be comfortable, cycle efficiently and avoid injury), we will cover this too. 

In summary,  you will learn:-

Name that part - Learn the correct names for the parts of a bike

Remove and replace your wheels correctly

Remove and replace tyres without causing a puncture

Basic wheel truing – essential for better braking

How to tell if your brake blocks need replacing - Learn how to replace your brake blocks & brake adjustment

Set up your gears and if they won’t set up - learn why

Wash and Lubricate routine

Information on tools
Name That Part Of A Bicycle
Name That Part. Learn the correct names for the parts of a bike.
This will help when buying new parts

Gear Indexing
Gear Indexing & Derailleur Systems  
Learn how to change gear cables & Set up your gears and if they won’t set up, learn why.

Bike Wash
Bike Wash  Wash and Lubricate routine 

Oil A Bicycle Chain
Lubricating & Regular Maintenance  
Learn how to clean and re lubricate Chain, brake & gear cables.

Approved Instructor and authorized Park Tool distributors

Bicycle Tools
Tool Kit Information on tools for the home Mechanic
Big discounts on buying tools when attending any of our home cycle maintenance courses

Intensive course in home cycle maintenance – 2 day 
Courses normally run in the week.
Costs: £300 for the 2-day Advanced class or £170 for the one-day intermediate class. 
For 2016 now taking bookings for October to December . 

The first day is a mixture of theory and practical work. You will be shown how each component of the bike works how it is fitted and adjusted and maintained. You will then practice on your own or the workshops training bikes. On the second day you will put your newly gained knowledge to use by giving your own bike a complete service, stripping the bike down to its frame and then rebuilding it. For those unable to spare a full 2 days in one go, the first day can be attended as a one day course, with the option adding the second day at a later stage. 

Morning session as Foundation course above plus:

Brake adjustment – for powerful, silent stopping & replace disc pads (disc brakes)

Adjusting hub bearings – for maximum life and smooth running

When and why does a chain need changing - How to break and rejoin a chain correctly

Bottom bracket and headset adjustment

Recommendations for routine bicycle servicing & On ride repairs

And day 2: Bike strip down,  rebuild and service – putting your new skills to the test!

Wider maintenance and cycling issues – plus whatever comes up on the day.

Chat all things cycling over a brew!

Bespoke home maintenance

Cycle Tech UK can tailor a Park Tool course to your needs.

There is also a course in home cycle maintenance for MTB'S. Common problems found from the riding conditions of MTB'S. To include Foundation course in home cycle maintenance plus Removing, cleaning and re greasing headsets & bottom brackets. And what tools you will need!

You can even build your new bicycle as part of the course. (Your new bicycle brought on-line in a box.) You can now build yourself with guidance.

Do your own service. Can’t get your new bike back to the shop, or on-line store. 

Book a course and learn to do it your self.

Specialist Home Mechanic Strip-down:
Essential for those who put in the mileage, in wet and muddy conditions. Learn to DIY, know what tools are required, to save you time and money. £P.O.A

Road bike - Strip down of bottom bracket, headset and hubs. Clean, inspect, grease and refit. Tools and parts used/required.

Mountain Bike - Strip down of bottom bracket, headset, hubs and tubeless tyres. Clean, inspect, grease and refit. Tools and parts used/required.

Home cycle maintenance:
Marian took the 1/2 day course at here home in Amersham. Including maintenance of her 3 family bikes:

Fitting inner tube.

Crimping brake wire after fitting new cable

Adjusting front gear cable

Truing front wheel

Fitting rear brake cable

1 Day Home cycle maintenance:
Jamie from Chorleywood took the 1 to 1 home maintenance course at his home.

Fitting road tyre 

Pumping up tyre

Adjusting front gears

Braking old chain

Fitting new chain

Mobile bicycle school setup. "Home maintenance"

Checking gears

Class room: 
Sometime available for large groups, please call for more information

You can bring your own bicycle to work on. Or use one of our teaching bicycles.

Home cycle maintenance:

Olli from Chesham took the 1 day course and included fitting chain, cassette, chainset and bottom bracket. At his home.

Replacing tyre & tube

 Cassette removal

Bottom bracket removal

Replacing new chain

Replacing gear cable
Chat all things cycling over a coffee
For more information please call Martin 07739 614 579 or 
e mail:    

Park Tool Home Mechanics tool board and teaching manual

Our courses are for the home mechanic in association with Park Tool School. 

The "other Cytech", Cytech is the recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle mechanics.
Cycle Tech UK is not associated (although many of our mechanics are trained by them)
To view all training courses, for professional bike trade qualification in the UK click here.


  1. Hi Martin

    Thank you for a very useful morning!


  2. I would like to say how helpful and illuminating I found yesterday’s session.

  3. Dear Martin,
    Thank you very much for your instruction on Wednesday. I learnt an enormous amount and now can even understand some of the Halfords manual!

  4. Martin,

    Thank you very much for a most interesting and productive day! It was a pleasure getting to know you. I will be in touch shortly to order some items off you.



  5. Tony & Phil15 June 2015 at 07:39

    Hi Martin, many thanks for the pdf's. Phil
    and I really enjoyed Friday and we were saying how useful
    the session was, all we have to do now is out what we learnt
    into practice!!
    Had a 50 mile plus ride out today on Mr. Bianchi and he was running
    sweet as a nut, so that was very enjoyable!

    Once again, many thanks for
    Best wishes and
    kindest regards

  6. Hi Martin,

    It was great to meet you yesterday and I found the session really useful.
    I will have a read of the PDF to consolidate what you taught me.

    All the best