the workshop, just starting out.

And it was loads of fun. Phil, Nelly and Vasu did a fantastic job. Thanks guys.

Stuff that we covered

  • Basic parts of the bicycle
  • Some basic bike setup – brakes etc.
  • Different types of tubes
  • how to identify and fix a puncture

(must have lasted for over 1.5 Hrs)

After that we took a quick stab at a few bikes and did them up.

Folks felt the workshop was kinda overwhelming as there was a ton of information, but they learnt a lot.

Good feedback to plan for the next workshop, which reminds me – if you think there is something specific you would be interested in, let us know.

If you were a part of the workshop and think you can detail what all was taught for the benefit folks who were unable to make it, do let us know and we can update this post with your inputs


A few tips on fixing a puncture that I can remember from the workshop – by Harish

  • Removing the rear wheel: Change to the lowest gear (smallest). This helps you get the chain out of the gears easily.
  • Start removing one side of the tyre from a point diagonally opposite the valve.
  • If you do not have access to a water tub, you can try locating the puncture using your lips! This was new to me!
  • Clean the part of the tube using a sand paper or a metal piece.
  • It is recommended that you apply the rubber solution even while using self adhesive patches.
  • Fill the tube with little bit of air, so that it helps you to put the tube back into the tyre easily.
  • After the tyre is mounted, one should ensure that no part of the tube is popping out. For this there is a procedure, which I cannot explain in words!
  • In case, you have removed the tyre entirely, you need to check if there is a suggested rotation direction for the tyre.

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Rohan Kini

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING I love riding my bike. Whether it's a simple commute, a high-intensity road race, a jaw-grinding brevet, fixie rides thru packed Indian city or a kick-ass technical single track – I love it all. Apart from riding bicycles, I love being all geeky and know everything there is to know about bicycles, technology, bike fit, and service. I started BUMSONTHESADDLE to share this passion for cycling. DISCIPLINE: Partial towards MOUNTAIN BIKING but love it all CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized Tarmac, Pure Cycles Original DREAM BIKE: S-Works Epic HT & S-Work Roubaix OTHER PASSIONS: Technology, Photography, Baking, Travel, and Reading

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