Bicycle Maintenance – Zero Waste Pop-Up Event

Bicycle Maintenance – Zero Waste Pop-Up Event

Cycling is an environmentally friendly mean of transport, but how to make cycling as zero waste as possible - join us to learn it from Mark.


A bicycle maintenance workshop focussing on the everyday checks and adjustments needed to keep a bike running safely and smoothly, with an emphasis on making the most environmental choices. Keeping a bike in ideal condition can mean a couple minutes of maintenance bi-weekly, so keep this in mind when considering if this workshop is for you.

The workshop will start with a full check of the bikes present on the day: learning names of parts, checking for rusted-in components, loose bearings, and worn parts.

Then we will focus on the brakes: a 4-step check/setup system for any of the styles of brake that are present on the day, how to adjust them over time and maximise component lifespan.

Followed by tyres and inner tubes: Checking tyre condition and pressure, reading tyre and tube sizes, removing and fitting tyres and tubes, tube patching.

And finishing with a basic introduction to the gears on a bike: troubleshooting sloppy gear shifts, chain maintenance, and general cleaning.

All those attending should bring their own bike to work on, any relevant tools they might have to practise with those specific tools, wear clothes which can get a little dirty, and possibly bring something to kneel on for when we are working on the bikes, in particular the brakes, especially if they are not comfortable kneeling on the ground, squaring or bending over.

Mark has been working with bikes, voluntarily and professionally, for over 6 years, always with a focus on repairing over replacing, and working systematically to get ideal and consistent results. His current work includes refurbishing discarded bikes and running public maintenance classes, certified mechanics courses, creative reuse of bike part workshops, and private adult cycling lessons. If you ever see Mark out cycling and need help with you bike (and he’s not running late!), he’s always up to stop and help with whatever tools and parts he has with him at the time.


You can find us at the Band Stand in Phoenix Park just next to the Phoenix Park Tea Rooms.

Best to come by foot (if you live in the area) or by LUAS and bus. You can plan your journey by using the Transport For Ireland Journey Planner our check out the map below.


Saturday, February 08th, 2020 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

This is a free event but donations to support the Zero Waste Festival are always welcome, so that we can buy our speakers a drink.


The event is free to attend but we only have limited spots available. You can get your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite Ticket

Get involved

Last but not least: We are always on the look-out for new people to share their Zero Waste journey and inspire other people. We also want to hear from you if you would like us to cover a certain topic or a certain aspect of Zero Waste and low-impact living! Let us know if you have a great idea for a workshop we could host. Or maybe you own or know of a venue that could host a series of our pop-up events? Or maybe you would want to organise an event yourself outside of Dublin? Do not hesitate to get in contact with us by sending an email to

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We are a community-run initiative to facilitate zero waste networking, learning, and sharing in Ireland through a series on pop-up festivals including workshops, talks, screenings, and meet-up sessions at various locations.