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UBI announces new curriculum and manual for Pro Mechanics and Shop Operation class

Published January 12, 2018

ASHLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The United Bicycle Institute has announced an updated curriculum and manual for its 80-hour Professional Mechanics and Shop Operation class.

"Over the past 2½ years, thousands of hours have been spent rethinking, rewriting and redefining what we consider the perfect manual for the best class we can teach," UBI president Ron Sutphin said.

The new curriculum devotes additional time to subjects like derailleur and drivetrain adjustment, as well as addition of a complete DT Swiss hub rebuild. A spokesman for UBI said instructors were able to incorporate the expanded content by tightening some time previously devoted to topics including frame materials and instruction.

"Essentially, there has been no hands-on work nor lessons omitted from the class. Any other time we've gained is due to more efficient use of the time we have allotted to each given topic, and a more streamlined transition from one topic to another," said UBI's Richard Belson. 

The updated manual is available only to new graduates of the class, although UBI is looking into making it available to past graduates as well. 
The new 575-page text covers topics and processes that professional mechanics use on a day-to-day basis, from ball bearing fundamentals to a deep look at the workings of modern suspension. UBI added new graphics to aid learning. 
"Some people learn more by reading, some by seeing, and some by doing — but every student will benefit from making a visual connection between the text and the process they are learning," Sutphin said.

"As part of the UBI goal of continuous improvement, this project has allowed us to address the ever-evolving components and manufacturing specifications of our industry."

Matt Eames, the general manager UBI's Ashland campus and one of the company's curriculum coordinators, said, "This new manual is an opportunity to apply the feedback we've received from students and from industry partners to address the material we present, and how we present it. Every time a class is taught, we collect student questions and feedback, and constantly examine curriculum relevance and that helps us evolve."

The Professional Repair and Shop Operations class is taught at UBI's Ashland and Portland campuses. Class schedules, pricing and registration are available at

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