ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN) — Park Tool announced that it won’t be offering its Tech Summit training seminars for professional mechanics in 2014. The company plans to take a year to evaluate the program and return in 2015.
The Tech Summit is a collaboration among eight companies to offer product-specific training sessions for professional bike mechanics. Bill Armas, director of marketing for Park Tool, said that the decision to take some time to assess and redesign the program was a collective one. “As a group, we have decided to take a year off and spend some time thinking about how to make this experience even better for those who attend,” Armas said.
The 2013 Tech Summits were well attended, so attendance wasn’t a factor in the decision. Armas, however, acknowledged that many shops rely on the seminars to keep mechanics up to speed on how to service new products.
“We know there will be some disappointment regarding this decision. But in the long term, we believe that a hiatus will serve the best interests of everyone involved,” he said.