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Old 05-12-06, 09:09 AM   #1
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bike mechanic class in chicago area?

Hello - I am looking for a basic bike mechanics class in the chicago area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:18 AM   #2
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Call around. Search for threads on good bike shops in the area - there are many - and start with the shops that you like the feedback on.

I believe there are many good "Park Schools" put on in the area. I wish I could tell you for sure which ones, but I travel a lot and visit a lot of bike shops and it seems like I see sign-up sheet everywhere...

...<Pondering where to get dry erase board to fit in basement shop> Maybe I should just start one in my shop. I could start taking depreciation on the tools in my shop, and have an excuse to spend a couple nights a week in the shop talking bikes.
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If I owned a bike shop that's the first thing I would do. I have lots of other ideas too ..but just don't think I could make a living at it (4 kids to put thru college and a wife who wants a beamer). Maybe there's enough local interest to put something together. I half considered offering to sponser a class thru the local park district program (very strong and active here) but don't think I could do a complete enough job by myself.
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west town bikes in humboldt park.
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An excellent mechanic and all-around nice guy named Christopher Wallace teaches an amazing intro class, and welcomes you to his shop (and his more advanced wheel and frame building classes) once you're done. Chris is the best, others are good but he's a truly gifted teacher and mechanic. PM me for details.
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It seems to me that I have seen the REI stores (Oakbrook, Niles) advertise for the Park Tools School. If I remember right I think they do it in the spring and the fall.
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You can contact Christopher Wallace over at Higher Gear. He runs his shop out on the southside, just off Cermak and the blue line. So it's easy enough to get to by bike or by train. He's got a great shop with all the tools you could ever hope to need, and he's got a Saturday morning kids program, so if you don't get what he's talking about during the Park Tool classes, you can come on Sat morning and learn with/on the kids there.

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