[TheThinkTank] Park Tool School Mechanics Training

Stephen Andruski swandruski at gmail.com
Tue Feb 4 18:50:08 PST 2020

Sound advice!!

On Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 9:44 PM Ron Kellis <ron.kellis at velocitycoop.org> wrote:

> Late, but for what it's worth I've been around maintenance most of my life
> and here's my $.02 Take a look at the bike wiki where I've posted the basic
> maintenance class I use. IMHO it is a real disservice to not start with the
> basics and then move to overhaul. So the order is important start with
> stuff the students can use right away. My class is also based on classes
> I've taken including from independent instructors.
> Can't ride if the tires are flat. "A" Air
>  Now it had better stop.  "B" Brakes
> Pedals/crankarms  and chain so it;s not a push bike "C"
> And a derailleur so it's not a single speed. "D"
> Then teach hub overhaul, headset and bottom bracket.
> Last is frame inspection and repairs if you have the tools.
> So you can use the Park Manual for all of this, plus their videos and
> others on YouTube you find helpful.  I can teach flat repair hands on and
> the rest as "Show and tell" in 3 hours, two, a max of 3 students per
> instructor/assistant.
> The ABCD can be taught in sessions, and out of order, but do your students
> a favor and start with stuff they can use with basic tools.
> We have what's become two fractions at our coop and the people who work
> with new volunteers refuse to consider requiring a class, or that the
> volunteers must put in a commitment.  Every volunteer I've ever had take my
> class has said "Gee, I wish I'd had this first." rather than just stripping
> bikes for a few weeks,boredom sets in, and they leave. I tell potential
> volunteers I will give the 3 hr. class for free, if they give back 9 ours.
> That's 3 sessions of open shop helping patrons or refurbishing bikes. If we
> never see them again, they got a good basic education and we got some help.
> IMHO if they can't commit to that, then sorry but we have others to help.
> So far I see a good 80% turn over in volunteers, in part I believe because
> we don't set them up to succeed.
> Like I said, my $.02
> Ron
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM Robert Christiansen <
> robert at sacbikekitchen.org> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> The Sacramento Bike Kitchen would like to ramp up our educational
>> offerings. The programs needs to be flexible yet structured and flexible to
>> accommodate potential volunteer scheduling/availability fluctuations.
>> I have been looking into the Park Tool Schools program as outlined in
>> their BB-4TG Instructor Guide. I am impressed with their offering and feel
>> it might fit our needs perfectly. We are thinking to first establish an
>> in-house mechanic training course which could be mandatory for new
>> volunteers and optional for current volunteer staff. We are 100% Volunteer
>> run. We would then open it up to the public. Tuition if any has yet to be
>> discussed.
>> We would greatly appreciate any feed back from all of you if you have any
>> experience with Park Tool School or similar curriculum.
>> Secondly have any of you instituted a mandatory training for new
>> volunteers? If so, any observations and reflections would be welcomed.
>> Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated and we give many thanks to
>> you all. Keep up the the great work.
>> For The Sacramento Bike Kitchen,
>> Robert Christiansen
>> Http://sacbikekitchen.org
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