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To apply to the Quadra Bike School

Submit by e-mail or by snail-mail:
  • A resumé describing your mechanical experience with bicycles
  • Reasons for wanting to take advanced mechanic's training
  • Contact information and your place of residence.
  • A $1000 deposit that will secure your spot in the sections of the  course by cheque or by Interac deposit.
Students NOT wanting to register in all three components to obtain full mechanic's training will be held on a waiting list. Those who want full mechanic's certification get first priority. 

Tuition for Part 1.  Bicycle Assembly and Tuning is $1660 plus Goods & Services Tax of 5%
Tuition for Part 2.  Professional Bicycle Repair is $1660 plus GST of 5%
Tuition for the Bicycle Repair Practicum is $1660 plus GST of 5%
Taking all three courses costs $4980 plus GST of 5% ($249)
Additionally, the Barnett Manual is required and costs $250.00  An early PDF version 5 of the Manual will be emailed to you upon receipt of your deposit. 

There are FOUR spots only available in each course because my student residence has four bedrooms. Do Not ask to be added as a fifth person because you wish to bring your own camper, etc. The bike shop has four full workstations with tools, as well my own smaller station. I tried squeezing a fifth student in before and it does not work well. 
Registration is on a first come first served basis and does not become complete until your $1000 deposit is paid. This deposit is non-refundable unless you withdraw in enough time to allow another person to register for the course you reserved.  If your place is filled by someone new, I will transfer your deposit to a later course or issue you a refund. The balance of the course fees plus the GST and $250 for the Barnett Manual DX need to be paid at least one MONTH before the course starts. 

My price changes this year reflect escalating costs which included a 65% increase in commercial insurance costs last October 2019 as well as another increase this year. 
The U.S. bicycle repair courses do not include my all-important practical component, which is called Bicycle Repair & Practise and takes up more or less most of the second half of this course. This is where students repair customers' bicycles of all kinds and integrate all the skills they have learned in a very practical way.  To my knowledge this is not done in any of the other professional courses as they are advertised. In the past that allowed grads to move right into bicycle repair instead of being relegated to just assembling new bicycles out of the box. (Not that I understand why new bicycles are often assembled by the least experienced mechanics in a shop.)
Bicycle Repair & Practise worked very well in the course as started in Toronto and continues to do so here on Quadra Island.

The added benefit in the course on Quadra is that students can COOK for themselves in the the student residence which includes all the necessary kitchen gear and four ways to make coffee including a small espresso machine.  The recommended motel near the Barnett School in Colorado does not allow cooking. Additionally, students commute two miles to class. There is no evening and weekend practise time available. The Quadra Bike School is just a few steps from the student residence. You can practise your skills or rebuild you own bicycles outside of class time during evenings and on weekends.

In summary, this course, held on beautiful Quadra Island, with bike trails starting from your front door, still costs just two thirds for the same course components offered in Colorado (translated into Canadian dollars). Once the costs of eating at restaurants is factored in, the difference is much greater.

                                          2021 Course Dates:


March 29- April 30                       
Mar 29 - Apr 6                           1. Bicycle Assembly and Tuning
Apr 7 - Apr 15                           2. Professional Bicycle Repair
Apr 16 - Apr 26                         3. Bicycle Repair Practice & testing
Apr 27 - 30                                    Free practise days & testing.  

One spot is reserved. Four people are thinking about it.   

Three week break for planting my gardens.

May 24 - June 25
May 24 - Jun1                            1. Bicycle Assembly and Tuning
Jun 2 - Jun 10                             2. Professional Bicycle Repair
Jun 11 - Jun 21                           3. Bicycle Repair Practice & testing
Jun 22 - 25                                     Free practise days & testing.    

Fall course dates to be posted when we know what's happening with this pandemic next year.

Email:  jsmokeydymny(at)    Phone: 250-285-2447

Regular mail: Quadra Bike School, P.O. Box 286, Heriot Bay, B.C. V0P 1H0

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