Day 309: Park Tool School – Day 1 of 4

8 11 2010

The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair

Tonight Carrick and I attended the first of four Park Tool School bicycle maintenance classes. Fellow cycling friend Tom Armstrong is the instructor. (Tom is the Service Manager for Bluegrass Bicycle in Crestwood.) There were 8 people in class and each of us had a bike stand and a copy of the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. I’m not really in the least bit mechanically inclined, but I’m interested in learing to do my own bike repairs. I want to eventually get into riding long-distance rides and touring and if I have a flat tire, broken chain or other problem, I’d like to be able to fix it myself instead of waiting around for who-knows-how-long for Better World Club to show up.

Tonight’s class explained workshop basics, tool selection, maintenance schedules, tire and tube changing, rear sprockets and hub adjustments. We removed the rear wheel and sprocket, took off the cassette and put it back together. For someone like me who’s never felt brave enough to just unscrew something and tinker with it, I thought it was pretty cool to see how it’s all put together.

And we have homework: to read several chapters before Wednesday’s class which covers:

  • Wheel truing
  • Pedals
  • Cranksets
  • Chains
  • Handlebars, stems, saddles and seat posts

So far, I didn’t break anything, no one laughed at me and I got my hands grimy and filthy. And I enjoyed it. Tom’s a good instructor and I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s class.

Have you taken a Park Tool School class? If so, what did you think?

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic LF yogurt with 1 cup granola = 5 points

Lunch:
— Jimmy John’s Slim Turkey sandwich = 8 points
— Diet root beer = 0 points

Dinner:
— Baked potato (plain) = 2.5 points

Snack:
— Power Bar (afternoon snack) = 3 points
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar (evening snack) = 2 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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6 responses

9 11 2010
Marcy

This sounds great! I’m sorry I missed it but hopefully there will be more to come (like maybe next semester). I’d love adequately to repair the 7 punctured inner tubes I have hanging on a doorknob…

9 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

This class can definitely help with that. It’s worth taking. Sounds like more classes are coming. Hope you’re doing well, Marcy!

9 11 2010
Tom Armstrong

Thank you for the too-kind words, Alice!

@Marcy: We plan to have more classes, one in January and another in February. Class size is limited, in part due to the size of our “classroom,” but if there is enough interest, we’ll do another set as needed.

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