In response to increasing demand CTC is launching a range of cycle maintenance courses in partnership with leading maintenance training provider ATG. Two courses will be piloted in 2007 with plans to offer additional types of courses and locations from 2008.

CTC Director Kevin Mayne said "We get a constant stream of enquiries asking for approved maintenance courses. With our experience of cyclists needs and ATG's excellent experience in developing courses for retail mechanics we are confident this will be a very popular expansion of our work. To cycle well you need a bike that fits and works well; and nothing beats being able to fix it yourself"

The CTC Cycle Repair and Maintenance Course is a two-day course designed to give everyday cyclists the confidence and ability to set up their own bikes correctly, perform routine maintenance at home and deal with common roadside (or trailside) repairs. Attendees should bring their own bikes in order to benefit fully from the course.

The CTC Cycle Preparation and Adjustment Certificate is a one-day course for cycle training instructors, ride leaders, or anyone who has to ensure that the bicycles of people in their care are correctly set up and safe to ride. Completing the course qualifies instructors to carry out bike checks specified by the National Standard for Cycle Training and conduct "Dr Bike" inspections.

No prior maintenance experience is necessary. Attendees will learn how to check several different types of bike, how to make commonly required adjustments and decide when a bike is the wrong size or in need of professional repair.

Further details at tinyurl.com/2epqpw or call 0870 873 0060.

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