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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

Like many things, bicycle mechanics is not difficult if you have the right mind for it, but not everybody does. In some cycle shops, new staff are taken on starting just to unpack and do the basic ...
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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

As a bicycle mechanic instructor for more than 8 years and having certified more than fourteen hundred mechanics, I must say that finding the right mechanic for your workshop/business/store is very ...
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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

This isn't meant to be complete, more a collection of points addressing some of your sub-questions. In other (engineering) fields I've used practical tests as part of an interview process. If you're ...
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Shop replaced my chain, bike had less than 400 miles

400 miles is really on the lower end of what to expect from a chain on a modern bike. Not sure what the Endurace 8 features but I get 4000-5000 kilometers out on my 105 groupset, I would give myself a ...
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Shop replaced my chain, bike had less than 400 miles

Several likely possibilities: You have ridden your bike in very poor conditions (lots of rain), which has washed out the chain lubricant. Then you continued riding the bike. However, if this was the ...
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How to temporarily plug hydraulic brake hoses to route them through frame without leaking fluid

Normally you would route the hydraulic line before filling up the system and thus the line will be dry and clean. Once routed through the frame people rarely remove and reuse them, so your problem is ...
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How to temporarily plug hydraulic brake hoses to route them through frame without leaking fluid

Some internal cable routing kits will include a rubber sleeve to slip the end of the hose into and that sleeve is attached at the end to the line that gets dragged through your frame so that could ...
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Shop replaced my chain, bike had less than 400 miles

In bad conditions (dirty and wet), with bad maintenance (insufficient lube and cleaning) and high power output it might just be possible to reach 0.5% elongation in that kind of distance. 0.5% ...
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Pulley wheel and washers - Rear derailleur

In other Shimano groups, those washers are dust covers. They reduce the amount of dirt intruding into the bushing - that's the thing that the pulley wheel turns on. Bushings are cheaper alternatives ...
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How are bike mechanics trained and recruited?

In Quebec, Canada, there is now a trade program in bike mechanics recognized by the Ministry of Education. This is the first program of its kind in the country. Looking at the program description, the ...
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