TAFE used to offer I think certificate II or III in bicycle mechanics - Hamilton College down Marion way and possibly one other.
The Hamilton College bike mechanics course wasn't a Certificate course. As far as I know it was run for the last time last year.
As one who was never into schooling, there are more ways to learn.
Parktool.com sheldonbrown.com, what else do you need to know?
From what I have seen the quality of people who charge to work on bikes is variable.
I saw a custom made wheel this morning that appeared to have the wrong hub laced into it.
The sprockets were so close to the spokes there was no clearance for the derailleur.
I have also seen bike shop bikes assembled with the forks put in backwards.
I would hope this isn't typical of the industry.
From the article - "BICYCLE mechanics has been dismissed as a ''lifestyle course''
I can somewhat understand the thinking behind this. Perhaps only a very few of the people studying bike mechanics at TAFE go on to be professional bike mechanics. Perhaps it's understandable.
Of course that's in complete contrast to the nobs studying a Certificate II & III in Information Technology - which is next to useless (sorry if anyone has one - I'm not saying you're useless, just the qualification), or the Associate Diploma in Jazz. I mean I'm sure every one of them goes on to be a master Musician or Programmer (yes, in that order)!
There must be heaps of courses that don't deliver master 'whatever the qualification is'. I thought education was more than that? But what would I know?
RN, B.Ng., B.Ed.,Cert.IV I.T.
Out of interest how much are people prepared to pay for a bike service? And what should that include?
A helpful hint for people is never take your bike in a filthy condition to get serviced...a well loved bike will get a much better service than a neglected one...
isn't this the exact problem in the industry?
If people pay for something shouldn't they receive what they pay for?
I assume that if they think this person rides their bike often enough that it get dirty and show signs of wear that the typical "bike mechanic" will think that a inferior job is ok.
I hope surgeons and doctors don't think this way!
Don you are far from lost...! It should not matter if the bike is filthy dirty or shiny and hardly ridden, a bike service procedure is the same for your own or a paying customers bike. Rob is correct in saying that most bike mechanics will get the shits and do an inferior job if you roll your filthy bike into the shop. It is unfortunate, but the mentality of most bike store mechanics. Time is money. A bike shop will charge you approx $120 for a full service regardless of a clean or dirty bike being presented. They dont like dirty, because it means more time for the same money.
I can understand the time is money issue.
But there comes a time that bike shops should expect some dirt on a bike.
If excessive dirt may be an issue it should be discussed when giving a quote or when booking the bike in for service.
in any service industry you only have your reputation.
it is also important the customer knows what they are purchasing.
If the customer is expecting a complete strip down and all bearings and cables replaced they may be disappointed with a chain lube and brake & gear adjustment.