Aims of the Course

The aim of the Basic Home Mechanic Course is to give individuals the knowledge and skills required to enable them to ensure that their cycles are in a safe and roadworthy condition and to carry out minor repairs and adjustments.

The course will be delivered by Lew Lawton, a professional cycle mechanic who is Cytech Level 3 trained.

To enable each participant to get the most from this course places are limited to 6.





 At the end of the course, participants will be able to carry out the following tasks:

  • Set a bike up to fit themselves or a member of their family
  • Carry out a comprehensive safety check of their cycle and identify commonly occurring faults.
  • Know what basic tools are required to carry out minor repairs and adjustments
  • Clean and lubricate their cycle
  • Repair a puncture and fit a new tyre and tube
  • Adjust brakes to maintain efficient braking
  • Change brake blocks and cables
  • Adjust gears to maintain smooth gear changing
  • Identify a worn chain and replace if necessary

Training Methods

The course is delivered in one session lasting 7 hours with breaks for tea/coffee etc and lunch.

The course will include some theory and demonstration but for over 50% of the time the participants will carry out practical work on their own cycles under supervision.


 The instructor will provide

  • Training materials
  • Hand Cleanser, barrier cream and hand cream
  • Nitrile workshop gloves (bring your own if these are not suitable for you)
  • cleaning fluids and lubricants.
  • Tea, Coffee and biscuits

Lew Lawton will provide tools and work stands as necessary but participants are welcome to bring their own tools so long as they are in good condition.  Participants may buy tools, cleaners, lubricants and other spares at the event. Please ring in advance if you need anything specific.    Cash or card accepted.

Participants should be prepared to carry out minor mechanical adjustments and wear suitable clothing. Some test riding may be carried out so participants may wish to bring a helmet.

What you should bring

  1. A packed lunch as there will not be time to go to local shops.
  2. Your bike, so that your practise is directly relevant to you
  3. Something to write notes with. Surprisingly many people forget this
  4. Some people also bring a camera to take photos of things like brakes and gears


There are no pre-requisites for attendance on this course. However the course is unlikely to be of benefit people who do not regularly cycle.  The course does not provide a recognised qualification, however after completing this course successfully participants will be competent to work on their own bikes and those of their family.


The course will be held in Watchfield Village Hall, Chapel Hill SN6 8TA, free parking available if necessary

Booking and Cost

To book a place :  Please email  to check availability before payment is made.  The cost of the course is £55.00 per person.  This is payable in advance by Bank Transfer to Shrivenham Cycle Medic  Sort Code  30 13 35  A/c 57308868 Ref BMC 201810