"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
I've been meaning to email you for a while now, to let you know that I've been working at a bike shop as a mechanic since January 3! I'm loving it. I'm still learning lots, but am much more confident after 3 months of real mechanics work than I was when I started. My boss is especially impressed with my wheel building and truing skills! Whenever we get a custom wheel to build it comes straight to me.
I've built quite a few of those wheels for fat bikes, with 100mm rims and 4" tires.
– Naomi 2013
"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
|Working on derailleurs|
|Charles conducting a child's trailer road test in Toronto.|
|Lots of grease goes everywhere. (Brenna now works in Cape Town)|
|Someone's going to love this old bike Maria!|
|This MUST fit somewhere Justin!|
|Kimi dishing, Feb 2012.|
|First grad from QBS, Fall 2011. Lucy runs a successful shop on Hornby Island|
|You can learn to restore this too. (perhaps)|
|We swim off the inside of Rebecca Spit.|
|Joshua W. is still repairing bikes in Toronto|
|One class of grads in the Toronto course, 2010 (20% were women there.)|
|Cyclist's favourite energy drink.|
|Removing a stuck cotter pin in Toronto.|
|Largest repair shop in Canada, 2010. The 16 work stations at the Learning Enrichment Foundation|
|An aerial ladder view of the Toronto classroom|
|Beautiful vistas abound on Quadra Island|
|Velomobiles are built by Steve (wearing helmet) at Nimbus Kayaks just down the road.|