2201 E Franklin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Bicycle Maintenance Series: Shifters, Derailleurs, and Drivetrains

Home Workshops Bicycles DIY Workshop Bicycle Maintenance Series: Shifters, Derailleurs, and Drivetrains


Oct 12 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


  • Experience Level: Beginner


  • Tony Ross
    Tony Ross

    Tony Ross is our new resident bicycle mechanic.

    In addition to working in the bicycle industry for over 14 years as a mechanic and shop manager he’s also taught repair and touring classes. Tony’s idea of a vacation is acting as a race mechanic and/or crew chief for Race Across America semi-annually where he has helped multiple teams and solo riders across the finish line of the 3000 mile journey.

    Tony’s motto: “We have brains to solve our problems and hands to do the work, but we also have hearts and it’s important to use them.”

Event Detials


In this class we will cover different drivetrain gearing and shifting systems including:

  • Cranksets and chainrings; freewheels vs cassettes and pros vs cons.
  • Different chains and how to tell what size you need; how to measure chain wear and how to install a new chain; basics of chain cleaning and lubrication.
  • Derailleurs front and rear; how to properly adjust them; when its time for new ones including a hands on demonstration.
  • Shifters of different styles including trigger, bar-end, integrated etc; friction vs index; pros vs cons; and how to adjust them at home and/or on the fly.
  • Derailleur cables and the different types.
  • A discussion on internally geared hubs and belt drive systems; as well as gear range, fixed gear systems vs single speed, flip-flop hubs.
  • A very brief discussion on gearboxes, ceramic drive (shaft driven), and electronic systems.


Time 1.5 hours
Cost $25 (includes a gift bottle of tri-flo lubricant)

Jack's HFS (inside)


Jack's HFS (inside)
2201 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

Cancelations can be made up to 7 days before the event date

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