Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Tool School?
>>The cycles de ORO Tool School is a unique program for learning bicycle
maintenance and repair in a hands-on environment. It's taught by cycles de
ORO Bike Shop, well known as experts in repairing and maintaining
Included with course is the Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. The
material in this manual serves as a reference for topics covered in Tool
How long is the course of study?
The course is 16 hours of classroom/repair bay study, covering 4 nights
from 6:30 pm till 10:30 pm. That calculates to about $7/hour.
What does it cover?
>> It spans the whole range of bicycle mechanics, from basic lubrication &
flat repair, to headset m hub and bottom bracket bearing overhauling,
chain maintenance & replacing, cassette & freewheel care, spoke
replacement & wheel truing, etc!
What doesn't it cover?
>> Very advanced areas such as suspension fork and rear shock overhaul,
hydraulic disc brake bleeding, frame and fork alignment, complete wheel
building (beyond spoke replacement & truing), electronic shifting and
Who can take this course?
>> Anyone who has the desire and inclination to understand and work on
their own bikes. Each session is limited to a maximum of 8
Where does this course take place?
classes are in the cycles de ORO repair shop, in the stations where our
technicians work during the day. Students get to inspect and learn about
the state of the art tools and procedures used there.
Who is the instructor?
>> This session will be taught by
Dale Brown, president of
cycles de ORO:
Dale began his cycling career as a mechanic at A & S Bike Shop
(Greensboro) in 1972, he became the manager of the Carolina Pedal
Shop (Greensboro) in 1973, manager of the Old Salem Bike shop
(Winston Salem) in 1974, and partnered with Bob Kraus at Toga Bike
Shop (became cycles de ORO) in 1975.
He wrote a mechanical Q&A column in the League of American Wheelman
magazine in the early 1980s. He has been a custom bike frame maker
and now collects vintage bikes. His ClassicRendezvous.com is an
International reference for these classic bikes.
this time Dale has performed mechanical services in the shop and as
technical support at many cycling events.
Do we get to work on our own bikes?
student will be encouraged to bring their own bicycle to the classes.
Attention will be focused on each to ensure we are covering mechanical
details applicable to your own bike.
student's bike may not be actually worked on, the procedures you will
learn will be useful for your own bike. And, we very well MIGHT work on
your bike as an example for the group!
What does this course cost?
>> The cost
is $125.* for the full session and includes:
latest edition of the Park Big Blue Book
end-of-course coupon for substantial discount on tools
completion of course diploma.
info & sign up form: HERE
Enrollment is secured in advance by check or cash. There are 8 spots per
No refunds will be given, but the a specific session space
may be transferred to another person. Please advise if a transfer is
More questions, call cycles de ORO at 336-274-5959