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Old 04-30-06, 01:07 PM   #1
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Getting mechanic licence

I want to buy a good set of tools for road bikes this summer but I still do not know much about working on bikes. What are the best (some of the good ones) bike mechanic schools? I plan to make a vacation out of it. I want to learn to be very proficient at working on a bike as when I am at school there is not a shop within 90 miles. I like the idea of Park Tool's class.
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Old 05-01-06, 12:27 AM   #2
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If you can't find schools, just go work at a LBS. You will pick up the basics quickly and build from there. I love bikes like a lot of you so I figured a part time job at my LBS while I was in college would be a lot of fun. It has turned out to be a blast. I have only been a mechanic for about 6 months now and there isn't much I run into that I can't fix at this point.
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Awesome. Ya I plan to get a job when I am back in KC this summer working part time as a bike mechanic. I noticed you go to school at Mizzou. I go to truman state university about 90 miles north of you.
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The two most recognized and respected schools are UBI in Oregon and BBI in Colorado, each offering multiple courses that last from 2 to 3 weeks. You can get a cert from either.
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UBI $675

http://bikeschool.com/intro.htm

Bike Habitat $200

http://bicyclehabitat.com/page.cfm?PageID=74
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