Park Tool School Advanced Four-Day Course

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Removal of Course Distancing Measures for Covid-19 March 2022

With the changes that have taken affect on 24 February in Government guidance and with the removal of free testing from 1 April we have taken the careful decision to remove the majority of our measures across our operations and services. De-escalation of measures is in many ways harder to gauge than the escalation, and we have taken a cautious approach throughout the pandemic, usually maintaining consistent measures even when Government guidance relaxed. This was for the health of our staff and clients but to also to maintain operational capacity with many staff such as mechanics unable to work from home.

For us now, we have removed measures such as mask wearing, and reduced caps on courses. We still support any staff or customers who may wish to continue to wear masks and we still provide hand gel. We also see the majority of shop and workshop customers outside as this practically makes sense when handing over bikes or conducting test rides. We have also worked with our sister companies Outspoken Training and Zedify to ensure there is still some separation of our staff within the building but otherwise most other measures have been removed.

If you have any questions, feedback or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can be reached at team@outspokencycles.co.uk and on 01223789606.

Summary

With dedicated training workshop and years of experience teaching cycle maintenance we’re pleased to annouce our new flagship four-day Park Tools School Advanced course.

The PTS Advanced Course is conducted in line with the Park Tool School syllabus. The course is aimed at both anyone required to maintain bikes for schools, clubs, businesses and other organisations, and keen home mechanics who wish to have an in depth knowledge of their bikes.

The course runs over four days and teaches you how to strip and rebuild a bike, taking you through all the key systems of typical bikes.

The course follows the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Maintenance and demonstration of competence/understanding throughout completion leads to the award of a certificate. A copy of the book is included in the course fee. You are encouraged to work on your own bike (this must be of the relevant standard, please enquire before the course as to suitability if unsure) and there are also a number of loaner bikes to work on to introduce you to other designs and systems.

Course detail

The syllabus takes the participant through the wide range of systems seen on a variety of bicycle designs and specifications. Over four days you will cover a range of bicycle systems, working on your own bike and/or a number of different classroom bikes. Content includes:

  • Health & safety and Workshop Practice with PPE and tool use
  • Tyres and tubes, including covering Tubeless tyre systems and installation 
  • Rear Sprockets, including fitting, cleaning and inspection of cassettes and freewheels
  • Hubs, including servicing of cup & cone and sealed systems
  • Wheel Truing
  • Cranksets and Bottom Brackets, including range of types (both threaded & pressfit), removal and installation, and chainring replacement
  • Chains, including removal and installation, chain wear and sizing
  • Derailleur Gear Systems, covering all aspects including full installation, setup and adjustment
  • Caliper Rim Brake Systems, including disassembly and reassembly of various systems
  • Caliper Disc Brake Systems, covering Mechanical and Hydraulic (with a demonstration of hydraulic disc bleeding and covering best practice), also rotors, pad wear & pad replacment
  • Handlebars, Stems, Saddles and Seatposts
  • Headsets, including servicing and cup removal and installation
  • Frame and Forks, including checking alignment and frameset damage

    Price

    The course costs £600 inc VAT. This includes all tools, equipment required and a copy of the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Cycle Maintenance to keep afterwards.

    Refunds for courses are only given under exceptional circumstamces and never within 7 days of the advertised course. In the unlikely event we have to make the difficult decision to cancel a course, participants will be offered a refund or the option to reschedule. Please read our terms and conditions for full details.

    Pre-requisites

    Course participants must be 18 years old or above. We can occasionally accommodate younger participants 16+, and we accept these on a case by case basis, based on their prior experience. Anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by a full fee-paying adult also attending the course. Agreement from ourselves must be given in writing prior to booking. Please contact us to discuss

    There are no formal requirements for attending our PTS Advanced course. However, due to the fast pace and variety of topics covered, familiarity with bikes and some basic previous experience or experimentation is recommended to be able to get the most out of the time. This may include having played with your brakes or gears or some basic adjustments and/or some knowledge of terminology. Alternatively, other mechanical experience such as mending cars or engines would be suitable. If you are unsure about whether the course is right for you please give us a call and speak to our head mechanic or drop us an email. We’d love to chat more about the course.

    Course Timings, Assessment, Location & Travel

    Courses run 9am-4pm over four days. Participants are assessed throughout the course, rather than by final assessment. Courses take place in our dedicated Training Workhop at our offices in Cambridge. See our website for finding us. We have an abundance of bikes racks, and we are close to Cambridge North Station. There is also limited parking on site on a first-come-first-served basis and we are close to parking at Cambridge North Station. There is some limited on-road parking (at owners risk).

    Further details

    If you have any further questions, please do please get in touch to discuss. For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

    Book a course today

    If there are no course spaces available or the dates don't work for you then please sign up to our waiting list