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COVID UPDATE: We have reduced class sizes to 4 and everyone will work at their own bench to insure social distancing guidelines can be met for the foreseeable future. Class sizes will return to normal when distancing measures are relaxed.
All College classes MECH1230 and MECH1400 are on hold until WINTER, dates will appear on this page but enrollment will be unavailable until Conestoga College trades programs resume operation.
HOWEVER enrollment for private classes is found above. We have added additional classes this fall to hopefully fill the demand. Fall classes normally fill up, with sizes reduced remember to enroll early.
Classes running August to March run 9 to 5:00 daily.
Winterborne Bicycle Institute runs an intensive eleven day training program for career bicycle mechanics, located at our fully-equipped facility in Guelph, Ontario.
More people are taking up cycling in a quest for better health and cycling is also quickly gaining acceptance as a mode of urban transport. The bicycle industry is growing to meet these opportunities. At the same time, bicycle technology is becoming increasingly complex and the diversity of usage-specific components and designs is exploding. The bicycle industry today faces a growing shortage of well-trained, experienced staff with a solid understanding of bicycle mechanics, materials, fit and maintenance.
Our course 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.
Mechanics also gain a solid understanding of bicycle materials, design and trade-offs associated with different intended usages, from weekend cruising in the park to competing in triathlons.
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.
Enhance your shop's competitive advantage. To register your mechanics, click the enrollment button at the top of the page or see Conestoga College (on hold until Winter).
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. Use of course texts "Barnett's Manual" and Dr. Arnie Baker's "Bike Fit" are included too.
WBI is an off-campus training partner of Conestoga College. The College provides registration support and oversight on our curriculum, evaluation and delivery.
Students can be assured they're gaining current knowledge and hands-on experience with a diversity of components.
This is an accredited course offered through Conestoga College (currently on hold - private classes available at above link), where you'll find our course listed as MECH1230 in the Continuing Education catalogue. Registration is handled through Conestoga College.
The Course fee is $1899 and includes all materials.
For further information, please contact us.
Winterborne Bicycle Institute