"First let me tell you how much I enjoyed the course and stay at your lovely property. This was one of the best experiences I have participated in for a very long time. Aside from the course itself I was glad that I had an opportunity to experience “Island Life”. In regards to the course I found it to be well set up to maximize the lessons you delivered. I found the course (and you) entertaining and fun and extremely rewarding personally. I would wholeheartedly recommend your school (already have) to anyone interested in the biking/mechanic community. The course, shop facilities and living accommodations and your beautiful property made this an experience I will always remember and for that I thank you."
- David, 2016
"So far the course is amazing. I appreciate Smokey’s teaching style, starting with best practice and moving towards problem-solving. The class size is perfect to allow for different levels of experience
and pace of learning. Smokey’s passion, experience in the bicycle activist/mechanics community, and skill create an amazing container for learning. I’m excited to continue learning, 4 weeks to go..."
Only two weeks in, I’ve learned a ton and am loving this course! Smokey offers a great combination of patient & methodical teaching, passion for all-things-bicycle, a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a beautiful friendly island community to take part in. The bike shop and student housing connect to amazing forested trails that we go walking, jogging, or biking on every day, and lead to weekly community centre lunch, yoga classes, and island market. There’s so much cycling on this island, I love that we get full-time classes learning so much, plus evenings and weekends free to explore. What a great place for a 6-week intensive holiday... err, I mean bike mechanics training. So good...
Just wanted to drop a line and say thank you again for the course. I already completed my first week at Velocity Cycle in Edmonton, building some pretty high-end bikes. Our shop mainly deals with Giant and Kona. The boss and the senior mechanic have been very impressed with the quality of the work I've been doing, thanks to you :-) Lee, 2015
|Working on derailleurs|
6 mechanics working at MEC stores.
|Road test during the Toronto course.|
|A Windmill Palm tree at Cape Mudge Village.|
Australia; South Africa; & North Carolina and Hawaii, USA.
|Grease goes everywhere!|
|Someone's going to love this bike!|
|This MUST fit somewhere Justin!|
|Wheel truing Feb 2012|
|First bike student at Quadra location Fall 2011|
|You can learn to restore this too.|
|Swimming spot down there by Rebecca Spit.|
|Joshua W. Toronto|
|Some of the 35 graduates in the Toronto course.|
|My favourite beverage|
|Drilling out a cotter pin in T.O.|
|The Toronto BAM classroom in 2010 at LEF|
|Another view of the Toronto School|
|There are beautiful vistas all around Quadra Island|
|Velomobiles are built just down the road from us.|
More photos on Facebook page "Quadra Island Bike School"
Our four bedroom student residence