Day One of the PBMA Dulles Workshop was spectacular. With over 100 mechanics in attendance, the PBMA has shown that it has the numbers to continue development of certifications and standards for members our industry.
Our day started with an introduction from James Stanfill (PBMA President), Matt Bracken (Pedro’s) Calvin Jones (Park Tool), Brett Flemming (EVT), and Josh Parris (Bosch). Afterwards, we broke out into our small groups. I attended the following clinics today:
- FSA – Overview of new hybrid wireless road group, K Force WE, new hydraulic road disc brakes, and warranty procedures.
- SR Suntour – Review of new fork models, fork service on entry-level and performance models, review of small parts needed for service departments and the company’s fork upgrade program.
- Enduro Bearings – Information about bearings, from the history of the bearing, to bearing nomenclature, to bottom bracket standards. I never knew I needed to know that much about bearings and bearing systems.
- DT Swiss – A great hands-on clinic, covering hub overhauls, hub standards and modularity, spoke types, and a bit of wheel building theory.
- Park Tool – The best clinic and demonstration I’ve ever participated in regarding force on a wheel during use. Calvin Jones taught an amazing class that explained wheel theory in a very easy-to-understand manner.
It’s been a long training day, with two more ahead of us. I’m looking forward to more discussions with industry friends and other fellow mechanics. More to come…