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Ever wanted to know how a drivetrain works? Or maybe just want to be able to fix a puncture?

Good Cycles, a Melbourne-based social enterprise, offers several hands-on courses to satisfy your inner bike mechanic. From single evening classes on tyres and tubes through to eight-week intensives, the classes are open to all ages and abilities. Plus 100 per cent of the profits go back into their social programs, helping disadvantaged youth find employment.

Good Cycles trainer Eric loves helping participants better understand their bikes, “It’s great teaching people new things and seeing those ‘aha!’ moments, especially when it helps them become self-sufficient and resourceful.”

People often choose to take on more than one course to develop a well-rounded set of skills, including a recent participant who learnt enough from three single evening classes to tackle a lengthy European bike tour.

While all courses work to a general syllabus, the classes are flexible enough to accommodate participants’ personal goals and learning styles.

With the wet weather closing in and a well-maintained bike essential for all commuters, the Good Cycles winter timetable is now open for bookings across June, July and August. Check it out here.

Single Evening Classes

Tyres and Tubes: 4 June, 2 July, 6 August

Brakes: 18 June, 9 July, 13 August

Gears and Drivetrain: 25 June, 16 July, 20 August

Intermediate Bike Mechanics Course (Weekend)

30 June to 1 July

Intermediate Bike Mechanics Course (5 Weeknights)

Tuesdays, starting 31 July

Advanced Bike Mechanics Course (8 Weeknights)

Thursdays, starting 2 August