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How to become a qualified bike mechanic...

Postby UnworthyPapaLazaru » Tue Sep 23, 2008 08:46 am

Does anyone know how its done? Is there a college course or training school? Do you have to get a job in a shop and serve an apprecticehip??
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Postby boybiker » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:14 am

There is an extensive training course required in how to sneer and look down your nose at all your customers as well, how to open the shop at completely random times and how to be always completely out of stock of everything.
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Postby nicklouse » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:15 am

there are some links to course in the tech links sticky in the Tech part of the MTB forum.
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Postby UnworthyPapaLazaru » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:38 am

Thanks Nick.
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Postby lost_in_thought » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:40 am

I bought a park tools book for £15 from my LBS yesterday, when I went in for tyre levers. As LBS man said, it's very good!

Tells you how to do pretty much everything... I now have enough knowledge to be dangerous!

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Postby el_presidente » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:46 am

lost_in_thought wrote:I bought a park tools book for £15 from my LBS yesterday, when I went in for tyre levers. As LBS man said, it's very good!

Tells you how to do pretty much everything... I now have enough knowledge to be dangerous!


It's all on the internet for free - though it can be annoying when you spill lube all over your laptop

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Postby lost_in_thought » Tue Sep 23, 2008 09:50 am

I know, I just liked the book because that way I don't have to drag my laptop around to wherever my bike is!

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Postby biondino » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:44 am

el_presidente wrote:It's all on the internet for free - though it can be annoying when you spill lube all over your laptop


I think you've just summed up the internet, there.
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Postby Max_Man » Tue Sep 23, 2008 18:26 pm

biondino wrote:
el_presidente wrote:It's all on the internet for free - though it can be annoying when you spill lube all over your laptop


I think you've just summed up the internet, there.


:lol:

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Postby WGWarburton » Wed Sep 24, 2008 07:53 am

The information you want is almost certainly on the internet, along with lots that you don't (irrelevant? inaccurate? incomprehensible?).What you get with the book is an editor and handy presentation!

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Postby biondino » Wed Sep 24, 2008 09:56 am

It's a lot easier to refer to a book while you're actually doing the maintenance than to lug a laptop around and surf while fixing stuff.

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Postby lost_in_thought » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:09 am

biondino wrote:It's a lot easier to refer to a book while you're actually doing the maintenance than to lug a laptop around and surf while fixing stuff.


And that's why I bought it!

I can also clean oil from a book more easily than from my laptop... :shock:

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Postby gtvlusso » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:48 am

You could always just take it apart and try and put it back together again.....so, what do I do with these left over bolts?!

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Postby biondino » Wed Sep 24, 2008 13:50 pm

Yeah, and all these small metal balls? Maybe I can play marbles or something.

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Postby clanton » Wed Sep 24, 2008 14:10 pm

At this point its worth pointing out that the difference between doing it yourself and paying someone else to do it is that paying someone else works out cheaper. And its usually right first time!

That said I do really enjoy fixing/fettling my own bikes. But I learn EVERYTHING the hard way!


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