Bicycle Mechanic Certifications and Bike Mechanic Schools

Bike Repair

Becoming a successful bike mechanic requires bike repair know how. Whether your goal is to become the go-to bicycle mechanic guru or you’re just looking to save on expensive bike shop repair fees, you need to know more than how to turn a wrench. You need training and you have a few choices.

About Bike Repair Schools

School types vary from industry respected trade schools with multiple courses offering bike mechanic certifications upon graduation to local bike shop schools and organizations offering simple how to training classes. Let’s explore those choices, things to consider along with the positives and negatives of each.

Bicycle Maintenance Schools

Bicycle Repair Shop

Bike mechanic trades school certifications are like the equivalent of a college degree in the biking industry. If you are looking to land a job as a bicycle mechanic or simply looking to add impressive qualifications to your resume, a bike mechanic certification will make the biggest impact.

You often attend anywhere from a couple of days to two weeks or more depending on the length of the course and the number of courses you select. Courses usually range from an introduction to bike repair to the more advanced bike classes such frame building and welding classes.

For example, two of the largest and most popular biking building and repair schools are United Bicycle Institute (UBI) and Barnett Bicycle Institute (BBI). These facilities are dedicated to bike building and maintenance.

To give you an idea on cost, both schools costs are very competitive. Attending the 5 day 40 hour Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance Course at UBI runs about $950.00. Over at BBI, their introductory course Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance, a comparable introductory course, is also 5 days or a 40-hour course is around $999.00.

So choosing between the schools may be less of a cost consideration and more of a geographic decision. Make sure to consider not only the cost of attending the school but also required books and materials plus the cost of travel, housing, and food expenses while you are away from home. So unless one of these schools is right in your backyard, most likely you’re coming out-of-pocket a couple thousand when it’s said and done.

Is it worth it? Absolutely. If you can spare a week and have a couple thousand dollars to cover the expense of attending a bike mechanic school, I highly recommend it. It’s worth the investment.

Bike Shops and Local Organizations

Local bike shops and community organizations are usually less structured and may offer a completion of training certificates for simply attending. It is difficult to gauge the quality of the instruction as it will vary. Usually, their classes cost less and odds are you have one local to you which reduces travel cost as you can return home daily.

Costs can range from a few hundred dollars or less at a bike school. Often you can find local biking enthusiasts putting on a training class or public events at community centers offering classes for very little. They are often available after hours or on weekends. For those of us on a budget and with busy schedules, these may be a great option.

Bicycle Maintenance Schools, Courses and Classes

StateNameTypeAddressPhone
ArizonaBohemian BicyclesBicycle Framebuilding School5602 E. Linden Street, Tucson Az 85712(520) 344-3413
CaliforniaBike KitchenCooperative Bike Shop650H Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 506–7433
ColoradoYamaguchiBicycle Framebuilding SchoolP.O. Box 25
Rifle, CO 81650
(970) 625-8401
ColoradoBoulder Bicycle SchoolBicycle Shop Repair Classes3380 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303
(720) 982-4120
ColoradoBarnett Bicycle InstituteTrade School2725 Ore Mill Road #23
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
(719) 632-5173
IllinoisBicycle GuildTrade School140 Harrison Street,
Oak Park, IL 60304
(773) 490-0683
MassachusettsBroadway Bicycle SchoolBicycle Shop Repair Classes351 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3392
MassachusettsBikes not BombsBicycle Shop Repair Classes18 Bartlett Square
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-0226
MinnesotaFreewheel BikeBicycle Shop Repair Classes834 10th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407(612) 238–4447
OregonUnited Bicycle InstituteTrade School3961 N. Williams Ave., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97227
(541) 488-1121
OregonUnited Bicycle InstituteTrade School401 Williamson Way
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 488-1121
OregonOuter RimBicycle Shop Repair Classes10625 Northeast Halsey St.
Portland, OR, 97220
(503) 278-3235

Bike Repair Books

There are some really great bike repair books available to purchase. While books and manuals are great for reference, nothing beats seeing the procedure in action.

Online Bicycle Repair Videos

As with anything else in life, decisions often come down to cost and free time. If either of those are a factor, bicycle repair classes may not be an option. Don’t give up hope. There is no reason you can not be a self-taught.

With instructional videos, you can learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace all from home. Videos have the advantage of being able to view it in action as often as needed. Dave Delgado of DIY Bike Repair put together one of the largest and greatest collection of quality instructional bike repair videos and manuals available online.

He covers topics from introductory bike maintenance to advanced repair topics. There are over 200 instructional bike repair videos. You can scour the internet for bicycle repair videos all day long, but you will not find as comprehensive and complete set as what he offers. It’s over 10 hours of instruction and covers hundreds of topics.

Dave’s DIYBikeRepair Sample Video:

 

After viewing these bike repair training videos, you should feel confident doing day-to-day preventative bike maintenance, tune-ups and even advanced repairs.