In Canada, bicycle mechanics have not been formalized. Provincial or the Federal government have yet to interfered in the cycling industry through regulations. This fact alone is a credit to bicycle suppliers, retailers and service centres. That’s because a high level of self regulation is practiced. This is due, in part, to the pride many bicycle mechanics hold to their profession.
Bicycle Mechanics training is key for business success.
It matters not, which type of business or trade is established. The problem of training staff is always top of mind for responsible business owners. Large retail chains have in-house training programs, where new hires are put through the paces under supervision.
Typically, bicycle mechanic hires are recent high school graduates, or college students needing a source of income. In recent years with an aging population entering their senior years, many people aged 45 to 60 are not ready to retire. The cycling industry has witnessed a small surge of these people looking to wrench professionally.
Untrained hires require a higher level of supervision. This supervision period comes with a cost. Mistakes, lead to a drop in customers satisfaction ratings. In the days of social media bad reviews translates instantly into a drop of sales. Bad news shared on forums like Facebook’s “Rant and Rave” pages, the “Twitterverse” and Instagram can be bad news for many bicycle shops.
Taught over an intense daily three-week period, CABS holds true to procedures and established standards that will established their students as competent and reliable bicycle mechanics.
Some of the topics covered in the CABS Bicycle Mechanic Program includes:
- Frame geometry and terminology
- Forks installation and headset installation and servicing
- Bearings, Races, Cups fundamentals
- Wheel Building, Truing and Balancing
- Tires – sizing, selection and installation
- Drivetrains – new Installation and Servicing
- Shifting systems – Installation and Troubleshooting
- Brake Systems – Installation and Troubleshooting
- Handlebars, Control Systems and Stem Installations
- Rider fittings
- Bicycle Assembly
- Bicycle Restorations
- Bicycler Shop planning and marketing
- Torque specifications and rider safety in relation to the mechanics standards
“During the course students are expected to read the Barnett Manual,” stated Brian Hahn, Instructor, “The best results are achieved if the student has purchased the Barnett’s Manual DX from the publisher and has read through volume one prior to class commencement.” Daily questionnaires are reviewed and marked ensuring that students are absorbing the materials.
The CABS Bicycle Mechanic Certificate Program is offered twice per year, with the first session commencing in November and the second session ending in March.
For more information visit the Central Alberta Bicycle School website.