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The Park Tool School

The best way to promote your store and educate your customers… just got better! Introducing: The Park Tool School, using the BBB-3TG Instructor's Guide. Designed by the world leader in maintenance and repair products to make it easy to conduct in-store repair and maintenance clinics for your customers. The Park Tool School now includes more class options, better graphics, updated component information, and better advice for creating and implementing your own clinics.   

With the Park Tool School, we have done all the lesson plans for you. By teaching this curriculum, you will be building stronger relationships with your customers. Your store will generate more bicycle, parts, and accessories sales as your customers ride more and enjoy cycling more. The Park Tool School will position your staff as the bicycle service experts in your area.

Join the hundreds of dealers who are already proud Park Tool School participants. Just click the box marked Park Tool School participants on the map page. Chances are they will tell you that the Park Tool School has yielded positive results for their store. 

Retailer Responsibilities

Retailers offering the Park Tool School are expected to have the most current Teacher Guide, the BBB-3TG. Additionally, the students must have some access to the BBB-3, the student textbook (either by purchase or loaner copy). The Park Tool School program is based on some hands-on work, and the students should be offered the opportunity to practice their skills.

Curriculum Options

The BBB-3TG offers eight pre-packaged curriculum and class options. Additionally, the BBB-3TG gives approximate teaching times for individual topics and procedures. You can customize your program to fit the needs of your clientele. As your store gains experience, topics may be added or deleted as necessary. Curriculum times are broken down in detail in Chapter C — Curriculum Options.

After holding their very first session, Peter from Valley Bicycle wrote:
"Just a quick note to let you know that my students and I are enjoying the Park Tool School… Thanks for a great way to teach our customers… The class has already generated over $800.00 in Park Tool sales and we just had our first class!"

— Peter Piepul, Valley Bicycle

Class topics and times:

  • New Rider Maintenance: 2.25-hour session
  • Novice Class: 7-hour course
  • Intermediate Class: 10.5-hour course
  • Advanced Class: 17- hour course
  • Wheel, Tires, and Tube Service Class: 2-hour session
  • Caliper Disc Brake Class: 1.25-hour session
  • Wheel Truing Class: 2-hour session
  • Derailleur Systems Class: 3.25-hour session

The Park Tool School program includes:

  • BBB-3TG Instructor’s Guide — Packed with information to prepare, manage, and conduct in-store clinics. Each subject and class topic is clearly defined complete with diagrams, demo help, teaching tips, and equipment needs. The BBB-3TG includes the instructor's guide, a poster, and 10 certificates of completion. You can get more posters and certificates by just contacting Park Tool. (Available from your distributor.) Review the The BBB-3TG Instructor's Guide Table of Contents.
  • Support Materials — Posters, logos, completion certificates, sample registration forms, and checklists are easily printed from our website. Also available is a Park Tool School brochure template that you can customize with your store information and particulars.
  • Up-to-Date BBB-3 Textbook Supplements — Park Tool provides your students with new technical material. Download technical supplements on new hubs, disc brakes, levers, and more. Park Tool will add new material here as it becomes available.
  • Park Tool Website Listing — You’ll be listed on our Dealer Locator as a Park Tool School location, driving customers to you.
  • Use of our popular Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair BBB-3 — Student manuals are now readily available from your favorite supplier. The BBB-3 is our popular repair guide, complete with color photos and repair help for nearly any task. You can now easily use books from your retail inventory to supply students with their School Student Manuals.