Bike repair resources

Volunteer mechanics are the key to Freewheels Houston’s ability to deliver safe, reliable used bicycles to refugees, immigrants and veterans emerging from homelessness.

Right now, we are seeking people who already know how to work on bikes to join us at Freewheels for our repair workdays. We’ve equipped our shop with tools and parts to accomplish most repairs.

Freewheels is open on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here to register for a workday.

When you first arrive, experienced volunteers will show you around the shop, go over our safety policies and engage in conversation to determine how best you can help get bikes ready for our customers.

Freewheels follows public health advisories regarding COVID-19. We will ask if you have been vaccinated. If you have not, we will ask you to wear a mask.

Training resources

After your initial onboarding conversation, Freewheels aims to help you improve your bike repair skills through online resources, printed materials and hands-on training. We provide training and classes when available based on availability of teachers.

We have several bike repair books in the shop. If you want to buy one, our top recommendation is The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, published by Park Tool and available on Amazon and at many bike shops.

Bike repair checklist

Freewheels relies on a checklist to track progress on bike repair projects. If you have questions, please ask an experienced volunteer. If you have suggestions, please let us know.

Videos

YouTube has many videos on bike repair. Here are links to some of the best from Park Tool. If you find another video that’s helpful, please let us know and we will add it to the playlist.

Park Tool: Coach Calvin, Bike Inspectorhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj3znapLsrw
Park Tool Playlist: Derailleurs & Shiftinghttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGCTGpvdT04TlNwuGy2pd_y8wt-oLfuij
Park Tool Playlist: Wheel truinghttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGCTGpvdT04STuv86bSdOxtSvXGIC-eh1
Park Tool Playlist: Tuned uphttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGCTGpvdT04Q214b2CDSJOweYU86dSn-F
Park Tool Playlist: Bottom bracketshttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGCTGpvdT04S-dkxjU7HJjboDnTJNmjp-
Park Tool: Diagnosing The Problemhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUuuUs5QWEg
Park Tool: Identifying your seat post sizehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4nga7XNprU
Park Tool: Brake Caliper Mounting & Adjustment – Linear Pull & V Brakehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMa9UqY9obk&t=18s
Brake Caliper Mounting & Adjustment – Cantilever Smooth Posthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_tDym0G6zo
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