Bike Mechanics - Level 1

City & Guilds Level 1: The quintessential foundation course for professional bike maintenance

A mechanic repairing a bike at a workshop.

Regular courses



About the course

The City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics provides a solid foundation for keen home mechanics, or those starting a career in the cycle industry.

With decades of experience, our friendly tutors have the best techniques at their fingertips, ready to share with you.

Course content

At the end of our two-day intensive course, you’ll confidently know how to:

  • Remove, refit and adjust a rim brake assembly.
  • Remove, refit and adjust a derailleur gear system.
  • Repair a puncture - including correctly removing and refitting a wheel, tyre and inner tube.
  • Carry out a systematic cycle check and rectify faults.

Meet previous course graduate, Steve. Check out our video:

Private courses

You can book a private course for up to six learners at our workshop for £1,800. Alternatively, for an additional charge, we can come to you (within a 50-mile radius of Bristol or Derby). Contact us for a quote.

Further information

Who can do this training?

If you want an accredited introduction to cycle mechanics, this course is for you! You may wish to maintain your bike to a high standard or be looking to enter the cycle industry.  

You must be aged 18 or over to attend this course. If you're 16-18 you can attend with written permission from a parent or guardian.

What experience do you need?

You’ll already have a basic knowledge of bike mechanics. For example, you may have done simple maintenance tasks on your own bike.  If you’re a complete beginner, check out our Beginners Bike Maintenance course. If you’re an experienced mechanic, our City & Guilds Level 2 course could suit you better.

Not sure if the course is for you? Contact us for a chat before booking.

Learner benefits

Learners can enjoy a 10% discount on a range of products from our bike workshop, including professional toolkits, bike parts and accessories.

Find out what you can expect on the day. Check out our video:

Got questions?

Contact us and we'll be happy to help!

More info and FAQs

More questions? Check below for more information.

Where is it taught?

The courses are taught in our professional training centres, in Bristol and Derby.

How is it taught?

Our courses are taught in small groups (max six). Each student has their own workstation equipped with a large selection of professional tools, gloves, aprons and detailed teaching notes. You’ll also have your own bike stand and a ‘teaching bike’ to work on. You don’t need to bring your own bike.

Assessment & qualification

This is an intensive course: we work at a fairly brisk pace to cover a wide range of material. For each unit, your tutor will demonstrate the techniques, then you'll have time to practice. You'll be assessed as you go throughout each day. There’s also be a short, written knowledge assessment. You must attend every day of the course to gain your qualification.

Cancellations and refunds

To find out about our cancellation and refund policies, read our full terms and conditions.

What others say

"The course was absolutely fantastic! I learned so much. I was a bit nervous but Rich, the best teacher ever, made me feel at ease and really encouraged me. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a go at maintaining their bike themselves. It really will give you the confidence!"


"The tutor was very good and patient. I feel as though I achieved a great deal and know more about bikes than I ever did."

Leah, Sustrans employee

Meet the tutors

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This course runs from 9 am to 5 pm on two consecutive days (usually Saturday and Sunday), from the advertised start date. Click the button below to browse and book courses in Bristol.

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