Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Park Tool School Classes are Back

Papa Wheelies Bike Shop is proud to announce a whole new slate of Bicycle Repair Education for Winter 2015-16 season. We've developed our classes around a curriculum designed by the Park Tool Company, makers of the number-one brand of bicycle tools in the world.

 All of our bike-repair classes are taught by Ian Herchenroder, who has 10+ years of experience wrenching and teaching in bike shops. He is only a handful of credits shy of earning his Masters Ed degree from UNH in musical education, so he brings a great ability to connect with and communicate to his students. You'll learn the best ways to care for and fix problems on your road and mountain bikes using pro tools and procedures.

The course textbook for all the classes is Park Tool's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. It uses color photos and instructions to clearly explain the topics covered in our class and over 100 more various repairs and maintenance tasks including servicing bearing assemblies, wheels, braking and shifting systems, adjusting components, and more! We have 15 courses scheduled for December - February. Call or email ian@papa-wheelies.com today to sign up - classes fill up very fast.



Rider Essentials Class - 3 hours - $50 - Max 8 students per class
Designed for the new rider or riders that want to familiarize themselves with their bicycles. Class covers essential maintenance procedures, pre-ride safety checks, and hands-on emergency repairs. This class consists of one 3 hour session. Cost $50.
No textbook or materials required
3 Class Options: Sat, Dec 5 / Sat, Jan 9 / Thu, Feb 4

Basic Maintenance Class - 6 hours - $125 - Max 5 students per class
Back by popular demand, this class is designed for the rider who wants to learn about all of the systems on their personal bike. This class focuses on knowing how the bicycle works and when there is a problem. The course covers general mechanical principles, demonstrations of all bicycle systems, and basic maintenance procedures. The course consists of two 3 hour sessions and is customized to the students.
Textbook required: Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (BBB-3).
Materials required: Your personal bicycle. Loaners are available at request.
7 Class Options: Tue, Dec 1 & 8 / Thu, Dec 10 & 17 / Sat, Dec 12 & 9 / Thu, Jan 7 & 14 / Sat, Jan 16 & 23 / Tue, Feb 9 & 11 / Feb 16 & 18

Advanced Maintenance Class - 9 hours - $225 - Max 4 students per class
This is a new class this season and builds on prior bicycle repair experiences. This class is designed for the rider who is familiar with basic maintenance procedures on their bike and focuses on gaining more experience. The course covers proper set-up and adjustment of major bicycle components. The course consists of three 3 hour sessions and is customized to the students.
Prerequisites: Student must have taken the Basic Maintenance Class or provide a brief statement describing their bicycle repair experience.
Textbook required: Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair (BBB-3).
Materials required: Your personal bicycle.
3 Class Options: Tue, Jan 5 & 12 & 19 / Jan 26 & 28 & Feb 2 / Sat, Feb 6 & 13 & 20

MTB Master Class - 3 hours - $50 - Max 8 students per class
Although the other classes are applicable to all bicycles, including mountain bikes, this class is uniquely designed for a mountain biker’s needs. Class covers MTB set-up including tires, suspension, and rider controls, as well as advanced trailside repair skills. The course consists of one 3 hour session and is customized to the students.
Prerequisites: Student must have taken the Basic Maintenance Class or provide a brief statement describing their bicycle repair experience.
Materials required: Your personal bicycle.
2 Class Options: Tue, Dec 15 / Sat, Jan 30

Textbooks (Park Tool's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair) are available at Papa Wheelies Bike Shop for $24.99. Call or email to reserve a copy.

All Classes must have a minimum of two students enrolled by the first class to proceed.
*Classes are not limited to these listed. If students are interested in any other topics or private lessons please contact Ian at the shop. 

Park's Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, it is authored by C. Calvin Jones, a world-renowned bicycle mechanic. It is one of the most up-to-date resources available and it contains information on all of the latest technologies and components.

Email Ian to sign up for a session or call the store 603-427-2060

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