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Anyone know of any wheelbuilding or other advanced bike mechanic classes in the new england area?
Other topics I'd be interested in learning within a professional environment:
-installing tubular tires
-frame building or painting
-wheel and bottom bracket bearing overhauls
08-01-07, 12:41 PM
That's a good question. I THINK that goes beyond the scope of the Park Tool School, but ... Google that, see what they teach, and where they teach it near you.
Another option is to get a couple of good books (you may want to look at Barnett's if you're getting serious about wrenching), and then buy some tools and some bike parts -- a junk frame, some junk hubs, rims, spokes, bb's, etc. With junk parts, there's no pressure as you follow the book, rip stuff apart, then carefully put it back together.
Fact is, you could scout garage sales/Salvation Army/thrift stores for some COMPATIBLE parts, then use that process to create a workable bike or two that you could donate to charity, a neighbor kid, a little cousin, or something else.
Most of what you describe is a matter of good step-by-step instruction, patience, attention to detail, and practice to do well.
While YOUR learning style MAY make an 'instructor taught' class a better option, you could probably paw your way through this one without that.
Also, I think Peter White Cycles is up in your 'hood. Reach out to Peter to see what he knows, who he could recommend, or if HE'd be interested in a trainee ... or something.
08-01-07, 12:42 PM
The shop is in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, a small town midway between Concord and Keene.
08-01-07, 12:46 PM
Performance sells a video that is pretty good. No personalized instruction but for 20$ is a good start