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July 7/06 12:31 pm - Winterborne Bicycle Institute Launched

Posted by Editoress on 07/7/06

Winterborne Bicycle Institute
Courtesy Winterbourne Bicycles

Winterborne Bikes is pleased to announce the launch of the Winterborne Bicycle Institute, an intensive eleven day training program for professional bicycle mechanics, located at our fully-equipped facility in Guelph, Ontario.

You know full well that the bicycle industry is booming as cycling gains acceptance as a mode of urban transport, and as more people turn to cycling in a quest for better health and fitness. At the same time, bicycle technology is growing in complexity, and the diversity of usage-specific bicycle components and designs is exploding. The bicycle industry today faces a growing shortage of well-trained, experienced staff with a solid foundation in bicycle mechanics.

Our course, offered in conjunction with Conestoga Collge, is an intensive, hands-on, 11 day immersion in bicycle mechanics. Current and aspiring mechanics will gain practical knowledge and experience with all major bicycle components, including: frames, bearings, wheels, drive trains, brakes and shifting systems, on a variety of bicycle styles and vintages. Two days are devoted to the skilled craft of repairing and building wheels, including design and selection of components for specific uses.

Selecting and using task-specific tools, along with organizing and running the service department, are all part of the learning experience as well. Our students graduate ready to confidently assemble, fit, troubleshoot and repair bicycles of all types.

With the knowledge and experienced gained at WBI, avid home mechanics become pros, and current and aspiring bike shop wrenches take their skills and confidence to a new level.

All shop supplies and use of tools and "bench bikes" are included in the course fee. Course texts include "Barnett's Manual" and Gerd Schraner's "The Art of Wheelbuilding".

The course schedule for our first season is:

• Course 1: October 16 - 27, 2006
• Course 2: January 29 - February 9, 2007
• Course 3: March 5 - March 16, 2007

This is an accredited course offered through Conestoga College, where you'll find our course listed as MECH1230 in the upcoming Fall/Winter catalogue. Registration is handled through Conestoga College.

Start planning your off-season training now. Watch for more information on this website, and at Conestoga College's website:

For further information, please contact us at (519) 826-0556, or e-mail at

Jason Filer & Alan Medcalf
Winterborne Bicycle Institute


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