The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association will continue its technical education conferences in the Fall of 2018 and continuing into the early part of 2019.
In 2017 and 2018, the PBMA saw 255 mechanics participate in 3-day workshops in Denver, Portland, and Dulles. For 2018 and 2019 the PBMA is eyeing Phoenix, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, with dates and full details to be announced soon.
With a focus on hands-on technical training, Technical Workshops ensure that mechanics are up-to-date on the latest products. Returning to the Tech Workshops are SRAM, DT Swiss, SR Suntour, Campagnolo, Stan’s No Tubes, Full Speed Ahead, Enduro Bearings and Magura. New to the program are Bosch, Rotor Bike Components and Maxxis.
In addition to the manufacturer-direct technical sessions, the PBMA, alongside Winged Wheel, are developing new seminars with a focus on professional development aimed at bolstering the mechanic’s personal business development skills.
(Winged Wheel’s Mike Reisenleiter recently penned this piece on the evolving consumer to bike shop relationship, which is well worth a read for anyone struggling to make sense of modern shoppers.)
Early sponsors for this next round of workshops include Park Tool, Kryptonite,
Prestacycle, Efficient Velo Tools, Feedback Sports, Silca, Finish Line and United Bicycle Institute.
PBMA Members save $100 on course registration, which includes a reception, lunches, and snacks. New this year will be a product showcase where presenters and sponsors can present their latest tech and products to those in attendance without a tech training session.
Attendance will be limited to 96 participants per location with registration opening to members of the association exclusively for the first 30 days. Workshops will begin Monday evening and continue through Thursday afternoon in each location.
For brands and manufacturers wishing to connect with mechanics at the PBMA Technical Workshops please contact PBMA President James Stanfill.
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