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Bicycle Technology Council Inaugural Summit

Published December 5, 2018

Driven by an industry wide need the Education Summit is focused on providing a brand agnostic platform for competitors to come together and share successes and struggles in addition to pointed presentations revolving around mechanics training.

The Summit will take place prior to CABDA West San Diego at the Hilton Del Mar and registration is now open.  Space is limited to 50 participants.

The summit aims to achieve an agreed upon minimum level of proficiency for bicycle mechanics and work towards varied levels of training for mechanics within the cycling industry. An additional outcome will be the formation of the initial Bicycle Technology Council, a committee focused on industry technical education.

PBMA’s President James Stanfill says: “we want to create a safe space for competitors to come together and collaborate.  Chemistry teachers from Stanford and NYU certainly get together and share ideas, theories, successes and failures, why can’t we do this in our industry?  We’ve reached out to key partners such as Quality Bicycle Products to help us bring the industry together.”

The Summit kicks off with a welcome reception on Monday January 14th followed by a full day of talks on the 15th, concluding with CABDA West’s opening reception the evening of the 15th.

Key presentation topics include:

  • Continuing Education for Mechanics
  • Industry Professional Development
  • Understanding How Mechanics Learn
  • Leveraging Education for Success
  • Manufacturer Direct Training
  • Industry Standards

Firm commitments to attend have already been received from Quality Bicycle Products, Barnett Bicycle Institute and United Bicycle Institute who have each agreed to take part in key session discussions.

The cost to attend is $250 and includes a kickoff reception, breakfast and lunch.  Attendees are invited to also attend CABDA’s Kickoff Reception following the conclusion of the workshop.

A complete schedule, topic descriptions and registration information can be found by visiting www.BicycleTech.org. A list of participating companies can be found at the bottom of the page.

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