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trip221 06-23-09 11:17 AM

Anyone been to Park Tool School?
 
Has anyone taken the Park Tool School class? I think it's a one-day, five hour deal. I have always maintained my road and mountain bikes (5+ years) and they work fine, but I always feel like it takes me forever to adjust things (specifically the derailleurs) and while they work okay, it's just not perfect. I was thinking of having my LBS do a tune-up, but this class would be cheaper and hopefully pay off in the long run.

I just want to make sure that it's not too basic - like changing a tube/tire, or how to move your seatpost up/down - because then it will be a waste of money.

Let me know if you have any experience with them! Thanks

johnny0 06-23-09 07:41 PM

i took a park tool school class but it was 6 days over 6 weeks, 3 hours every day of class. the quality varies depending on the instructor. you should talk to the instructor at the LBS to see what they intend to cover.

z415 06-23-09 09:40 PM

I personally think that experience is worth the most, i.e. do it a lot. I can't imagine the school being much more than what they have online and I got proficient by doing it.

barturtle 06-23-09 09:56 PM

Park Tool School seems to have several different levels of courses. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. I took the Intermediate and felt it covered most everything I'd want to do myself...about the only thing we didn't get to was pressing in new headsets (adjustments of the headset, hubs, gears, brakes, were covered as were rebuilding hubs, replacing bottom brackets, cables and basic wheel truing) It was four 3-hour classes IIRC

Panthers007 06-23-09 09:59 PM

UBI was a good place to meet new folks and network. Job offers came rolling in from all over the USA when I graduated. I'd wonder if that might be the case with the Park-Skewl - meeting folks and also having your name available to potential employers. In which case - it can be quite worthwhile.

Wordbiker 06-23-09 10:19 PM


Originally Posted by Panthers007 (Post 9155471)
UBI was a good place to meet new folks and network. Job offers came rolling in from all over the USA when I graduated. I'd wonder if that might be the case with the Park-Skewl - meeting folks and also having your name available to potential employers. In which case - it can be quite worthwhile.

No, the Park Tool School is aimed at consumers fixing their own bikes, not training folks to become professional mechanics.

It's a good program...I know, I'm teaching it now.

trip221 06-24-09 11:49 AM

Wordbiker - how in depth does it get? Wheel truing, wheel bearings, headsets, bottom bracket stuff? Yeah, I guess I really should just call one of the shops.


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