Bike Academy is one of the grant funded projects run by Velocity to promote cycling as part
of a healthy happy lifestyle.
Over the course of 6 weeks young people strip back and re-build a bike, developing labour skills,
life skills and social skills through practical activity. The course will introduce the idea of cycling
as an alternative mode of transport, recreation and the many positive benefits of cycling.
We work in conjunction with four secondary schools in Inverness who identify a group of four
pupils for each course which runs one morning a week for 6 weeks. Dates are allocated to each
school by Velocity Bike Academy Staff.
At the start of the course each young person is given their own bike to work on. They will
completely strip, service and re-build their bikes over the 6 weeks. We cover puncture repair,
changing cables, brake and gear set up as well as bottom bracket, headset and wheel hub
bearings. We have developed a series of course notes to accompany the practical sessions. These
include written exercises and explanatory notes and diagrams to assist learning. The pupils will
take their own course booklet away with them at the end of the course along with their newly
refurbished bicycle.
The focus of Bike Academy is to increase pupils' mechanical awareness and practical skills in
cycle maintenance. Young people work individually on their own bike as well as together in pairs
or as a group. Along the way we cover planning, group work, communication skills and literacy
and numeracy skills.
We aim to get all participants up to SQA Level 3 standard in cycle maintenance which is awarded
through the individual school.
Funding for this project is through the Deprived Areas Fund and Smarter Choices Smarter Places.

We are always in need of bikes to restore for the project, if you have any unwanted bike you'd like
to donate please contact: