Cycle maintenance and safety

Introduction to basic bike maintenance

Wandsworth residents aged 16 years and over can learn how to keep their own bicycle in good working order between services by taking part in a beginner's bicycle maintenance class.

These relaxed and friendly classes are aimed at absolute beginners who have no experience in maintaining a bicycle. They are practical in nature and require you to bring your own bicycle to work on during the class. All tools and equipment will be supplied by Wandsworth Council.

The course will be delivered by two Cycle Instructors and will cover the following:

  1. Bike checks
  2. Bike fitting
  3. Puncture
  4. Brakes and minor adjustments
  5. Gears and minor adjustments

Dates of the course:

  • Saturday 29 February 2020, from 9am to 12pm - Katherine Low Community Centre, 108 Battersea High St, Battersea, London SW11 3HP
  • Saturday 28 March 2020, from 9am to 12pm - The Bowling Pavilion by Furzedown Rec., London, SW17 9BP 
  • Saturday 25 April 2020, from 9am to 12pm - Toland Square Community Clubroom, Toland Square, Eastwood South Estate, Roehampton, SW15 5PF 

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Free Dr Bike safety checks and bicycle security marking

Dr Bike will check that your bicycle is in good working order. He can make minor repairs and adjustments. If Dr Bike believes your bike requires more than basic repairs, you will need to visit a specialist bike shop.

Metropolitan Police Officers will mark your bicycle with a unique serial number. That number and your contact details will be entered into a Police database. If your bicycle is stolen and the Police recover it they will be able to return it to you. Bicycles that have been security marked are less attractive to thieves.

We will be in attendance to offer advice, local cycling maps, and cycling giveaways.

We do not have any sessions scheduled at this time. Contact us to join our cycling emailing list and to be notified when new sessions are scheduled.

Security marking sessions

The Wandsworth Safer Transport Team (Met Police) hold their own bicycle security marking sessions. View their upcoming cycle marking events (Bike Register website).

The Met Police's Cycle Task Force also offer security marking at their Heavy Goods Vehicle awareness events.