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Hello everyone,:)
I hope everyone is doing well.:D
My local REI is having a Park Tools class/school which consists of 4 2 hour class's for $200.00 and I was wondering if anyone here has taken this class or if it is recommended.
Basically and help and information would be appreciated.
Just want to know if it is a good class here is a copy and paste.

Description: Join an REI Specialist for a series of in-depth bicycle maintenance classes. This 8 hour series over 4 days will cover topics including drivetrain service, hub and headset overhaul, tire and tube service, and brake service. The goal of the class will be to equip participants with the skills to perform a basic tune up on their bikes. Participants are invited to bring their own bikes to work on. Tools will be provided. Participants are encouraged to have previous basic bike maintenance experience


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You will get some education and potentially walk out with a tuned up bike from the sounds of it.

Is it a good deal? I would venture to say that for a lot less than $200 you can get the tools and a good repair manual do do everything (and possibly more) they will show you in this class.

If you like the security of someone looking over your shoulder and guiding you while you work, then yes, this is probably a decent deal but if you don't use the new knowledge soon you may forget some of it.

If you feel confident following directions and learning on your own, then I would skip the class and start with a good maintenance book (the Zinn manual is decent) which will guide you through the processes and what tools will be needed for each job.
 

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If you're a novice then I'd suggest taking the class. If you know a few things but aren't sure of or mystified by others, get the Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. It's an excellent, illustrated book. I keep mine in my workshop in the garage. It's the one with greasy finger prints all over it.
 
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