Classes taught at The CrucibleClasses in our Bike Shop help keep your ride on the road—whether it’s a motorcycle or a pedal bike you use for everyday transportation, an art bike or car you are inspired to create, or a customized hot rod. If it has wheels, you can learn from the pros how to trick it out and keep it running in top condition!
Bicycle Mechanic Workshop
Perform a complete tune up on your own bicycle! As you disassemble and reassemble the entire bike, you will learn the names of the components and the tools used in a professional shop. Basic supplies are provided, but students will need to bring any specialty tires, cables, chains, and gears required. Some items may be available for sale at The Crucible.
Sheet Metal Forming with Evan Wilcox
Gain invaluable skills for fabricating parts for motorcycles, cars, airplanes, and sculptures. Learn how to form sheet metal into tanks, fenders, and fairings, using gas-aluminum welding, a planishing hammer, an English wheel, and hand forming tools. Instruction is provided during some classes while others are lab sessions where students can use Crucible equipment. You will have a chance to make your own project.
The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair
Learn to fix and maintain your motorcycle! We’ll cover basic maintenance, repair, troubleshooting and tune-up practices for import models. Through theory and hands-on practice, you will learn how various motorcycle systems work and what to do when they break down. Students have the option to work on their own bikes or on a demo bike provided by the instructor. NOTES: This course focuses on foreign bikes. If working on a personal bike, students must buy any materials needed.
The Art of the One-Speed: Building a Bicycle Frame
Here is a chance to make your own bicycle frame! Students create a one-speed, chrome moly steel mountain bike frame using proven geometric principles. Learn about TIG welding, brazing, machining of tubes, bicycle geometry, materials, construction techniques, fixtures, and jigs. You will complete your own unique bicycle frame. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I
Skateboard Building (ages 12-17)
Design and build your very own custom skateboard from seven layers of hard maple veneer. Learn woodworking techniques and the concepts of vacuum press veneering and bending wood. Practice using basic woodworking power tools including the band saw and power sanders, as well as hand tools such as files, rasps, and planes. Apply a basic wood finish and set up your skateboard deck to ride. This course is based on the book “The Handmade Skateboard” by Matt Berger.
Youth Frame Alteration: Art Bike (ages 12-17)
Customize your bicycle in this exciting workshop! Students will learn basic fabrication skills in MIG welding, plasma cutting, grinding, and finishing to reconstruct their bikes. Frames will be stripped and you will learn to redesign and alter handlebars, rims, seat posts, and frames to create a unique look that will make your bike the talk of the neighborhood. You are required to bring your own steel-framed bicycle.
Youth Gravity Cars (ages 8-11)
Build. Test. Adjust. Race! Gravity Cars is a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Nerdy Derby. Like the Nerdy Derby we will have a large, undulating track and no restrictions on the size of the cars or materials that can be used. Gravity Cars reward creativity, cleverness, and ingenuity.