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Old 02-23-06, 07:12 AM   #1
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Bike Mechanic School?

I am 50, looking for a second career when I retire (which might be real soon if I continue to post on forums while at work, like I am now). While I do quite a bit of my own bike work and some for other people, I only have experience in things that I have done. My understanding is that there is no "certification" for bike mechanics, so most of them must be learning as they go along, or possibly got some training somewhere. How do most people get into this line of work? Are there schools, or do you simply learn as you go?
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Old 02-23-06, 10:45 AM   #2
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The two that I know about are United Bike Institute and Barnett Bicycle Inst. . I'm sure that others here will weigh in, but there are at least 2 out there.

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Who has thought that going to one of those would make a great vacation
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I have to plug UBI - Ashland, OR is a beautiful place to spend time. I know cuz I grew up in Southern Oregon! Bring your bike if you go, lots of nice riding to be had.
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Yup! UBI is awesome! The guys/gal are very knowledgable. The class is a blast and Ashland is super cool. I took the intro to mechanics class last year and in July, I am returning for the pro class. Super cool place
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I have been to Barnett's and it was a great experience.

There is a bicycle mechanic certification called the B.S.E. It stands for Bicycle Standard of Excellence. Kind like A.S.E. for automobiles. I took the test and received the certification. I went to Barnett's for the test since I had been there before but I think that there are other places that you can take it at.

I think you will appreciate any bike mechanic school that you got to. Good luck and enjoy.
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Yeah, I think UBI has some sort of certification as well.
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I am 50, looking for a second career when I retire (which might be real soon if I continue to post on forums while at work, like I am now). While I do quite a bit of my own bike work and some for other people, I only have experience in things that I have done. My understanding is that there is no "certification" for bike mechanics, so most of them must be learning as they go along, or possibly got some training somewhere. How do most people get into this line of work? Are there schools, or do you simply learn as you go?
I was 50 two years ago when I attended the Barnett School. I was the oldest one there, but only by about two years, so don't let your age hold you back.
The whole experience was incredible. Most of my classmates were bike mechanics and service managers already employed in the industry, but I, like you was looking for a career change, and being already somewhat conversant with bike maintenance, figured this was a good way to kick it up a notch.

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I am 50, looking for a second career when I retire (which might be real soon if I continue to post on forums while at work, like I am now). While I do quite a bit of my own bike work and some for other people, I only have experience in things that I have done. My understanding is that there is no "certification" for bike mechanics, so most of them must be learning as they go along, or possibly got some training somewhere. How do most people get into this line of work? Are there schools, or do you simply learn as you go?
- i getting ready to go to Barnett's for July - i'm ready for something different - have been retired since '94...

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I finished at Barnett today. I loved it and learned constantly.
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I am 50, looking for a second career when I retire (which might be real soon if I continue to post on forums while at work, like I am now). While I do quite a bit of my own bike work and some for other people, I only have experience in things that I have done. My understanding is that there is no "certification" for bike mechanics, so most of them must be learning as they go along, or possibly got some training somewhere. How do most people get into this line of work? Are there schools, or do you simply learn as you go?
Certified Bicycle Technician here. I went to BMI Portland and loved it. For me it was exactly what I wanted, which was an adventurous vacation away from the winter, learning about and doing what I love. Lot's of hands on study and a super teaching staff. I highly recommend BMI for anyone looking to learn bike wrenching, and also design and history.
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