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Park Tool Mechanics Course

Sign up now for our October Classes! Learn how to repair your bike with our Park Tool Mechanic Course beginning Saturday, October 19th! This hands-on program for bicycle maintenance and repair has been developed around a curriculum designed by the Park Tool Company, the world's largest bicycle-tool manufacturer.

Classes are two hours long, one day per week, for 8 weeks. Classes will be limited to 8 students per session. The enrollment cost is $200 (+ taxes) and includes the Park Tools Big Blue Book of Bicycle Maintenance Manual (a $30 value).

Park Tool Mechanic Course

Mechanics Course Outline

  1. Introductions, bike nomenclature, wheel removal and installation, flat tire repair, tire, and tube installation.
  2. Mechanical basics, bottom bracket overhaul: 1 piece, 3 pieces, and cartridge.  Installation and removal of cranks and pedals.
  3. Derailleurs #1: Install shift cables and housing.  Rear derailleur adjustment.
  4. Derailleurs #2: Chain, drivetrain wear, and front derailleur adjustment.
  5. Threaded and threadless headset overhaul, stems, handlebars, and seat posts.
  6. Braking systems: Linear pull and cable-actuated disc.  Install brake cable and adjustment, pad replacement.
  7. Wheels #1:  Hub overhaul, cassette and freewheel removal and installation.  Tools for and on the ride repair.
  8. Wheels #2:  Spoke sizing, replacing a broken spoke, minor wheel truing.

Students qualify for a 15% discount on regularly priced tools, select parts and accessories starting the first day of the class and ending one month after course completion.


Register Now for the Park Tool Mechanic Course!

Clients who do not want to provide a credit card online are welcome to visit the store to sign up. To reserve a spot, full payment is required. No exceptions will be made. No Refunds- unless spot can be filled.  PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE.

Advanced Mechanic's Course FAQ

Q: Do I need to bring my bike to the class?

A: No, we provide all the bikes to be repaired in class.  Everyone rides a different style of bike and they can be in varying states of repair (or disrepair). Using our bikes allows the instructor to be able to cover all the topics in each two-hour class. This allows to teach you how to maintain many different types of components, not only what your bike is equipped with.

Q: What happens If I have to miss a class?

A: Make-up classes are available for an additional $30 per class. Please make arrangements with your instructor to schedule a date and time. We do not refund enrollment fees for missed classes.

Q: Can I register my son or daughter?

A: We always welcome teens who are enthusiastic about bikes and are 16 years and older.

Q: Can I take the repair course with a friend?

A: Absolutely! We pair up our students two per repair stand. If you would like to take the course with a friend, spouse, co-worker, or your son or daughter we would pair you together. Just make sure you register at the same time so you make it into the same time slot.

Q: Do you offer a basic course?

A: At this time we don't offer an official basic bike maintenance course.  Our doors are always open to questions about basic bike maintenance. Our friendly staff would be happy to show you how to repair a flat tire, oil a chain, or other basic maintenance FOR FREE.

Q: Do you offer a more advanced course that includes wheel builds, brake bleeding, and suspension overhaul?

A: We do not offer a course on these topics.  There are simply too many different brake and suspension models for us to cover.  There are several bicycle mechanic schools in the United States that cover these topics.  Barnett Bicycle Institute and United Bicycle Institute are two of the top bicycle mechanic schools in North America.  For those who would like to learn closer to home, the below links are our favorites on the topic:

Wheel Building

Brake Bleed: Shimano

Brake Bleed: Avid

Brake Bleed: Hayes