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The BBB-3TG Instructor's Guide Table of Contents

Chapter A — Managing the Park Tool School
Chapter B — Teaching the Park Tool School
Chapter C — Curriculum Options
Chapter 1 — Basic Mechanical Skills
Chapter 2 — Tires & Tubes
Chapter 3 — Rear Sprockets
Chapter 4 — Hubs
Chapter 5 — Wheel Truing
Chapter 6 — Pedals
Chapter 7 — Cranksets
Chapter 8 — Chains
Chapter 9 — Derailleur Systems
Chapter 10 — Internal Gear Systems
Chapter 11 — Caliper Disc Brake Systems
Chapter 12 — Caliper Rim Brake Systems
Chapter 13 — Handlebars, Stems, Saddles, & Seatposts
Chapter 14 — Headsets
Chapter 15 — Frame & Fork
Chapter 16 — Suspension
Chapter 17 — On-Ride Repair
Appendices A–J — Reference Materials


Chapter A — Managing the Park Tool School

  • Selecting a Course Structure
  • Description of Curriculum Options
    • New Rider Maintenance
    • Novice Class
    • Intermediate Class
    • Advanced Class
    • Tires and Tubes Class
    • Rim Brake and Disc Brake Class
    • Wheel Service Class
    • Derailleur Systems Class
    • Retail Mechanic Training
  • Class Structure
    • Class Size
    • Class Tuition
    • Class Location
    • Class Scheduling Options
  • Instructor and Staff Selection
    • Staff Responsibilites
    • Park Tool School Manager
      • Park Tool School Manager Duties and Tasks
      • Skills and Knowledge
    • Class Instructor
      • Class Instructor Duties and Tasks
      • Skills and Knowledge
    • Class Assistant
      • Class Assistant Duties and Tasks
      • Skills and Knowledge
    • Staff Pay
  • Promoting and Marketing the Park Tool School
    • In-Store Promotion
    • Newspaper
    • Direct Mail
    • Newsletters
    • Signage
    • Telephone Directory
    • Internet
      • Websites and Email
      • Social Media
    • Television and Radio
    • Direct Promotion to Teams, Clubs, and Organizations
    • Word of Mouth
    • Marketing to Specialty Groups
    • Press Release
  • Store Policies and Student Registration
    • Store Policies
    • Setting Store and School Policies
      • Payment
      • Student Cancellation / Missed Class
      • Ctore Cancellation
      • Student Age Limitations
      • Liability Issues
      • Safety and Health Issues
  • Useful Forms
    • Liability Waiver
    • Pre-Class Information
    • Bicycle Examination Form
    • Certificates of Completion
    • Equipment and Supplies
    • Timeline
      • 2 Months to Go
      • 1 Month to Go
      • 2 Weeks to Go
      • 1 Week to Go
      • 1 Day to Go
      • Day of Class

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Chapter B — Teaching the Park Tool School

  • The Instructor's Role
  • The Making of an Instructor
  • Time Management & Topic
  • Visual Aids
  • Classroom Arrangement
  • Class Content & Student Ability Issues
  • Class Safety Issues
  • Preparing for a Class Session
  • Student Learning Styles
  • Lecturing and Discussion Skills
    • Demonstration Skills
    • Discussion Skills
    • Keeping Students Involved
    • Lab and Hands-On Skills
    • Lab Outline
    • Giving Feedback
  • Managing Difficult Classroom Situations
  • Final Class Conclusion and Summary
  • Class Evaluation
    • Student Evaluation
    • Peer Evaluation
    • Employer Evaluation
    • Self Evaluation
  • BBB-3 Text Correction & Erratum
  • Summary

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Chapter C — Curriculum Options

  • New Rider Maintenance
  • Novice Class
  • Intermediate Class
  • Advanced Class
  • Wheel, Tires, and Tube Service Class
  • Caliper Disc Brake Class
  • Wheel Truing Class
  • Derailleur Systems Class

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Chapter 1 — Basic Mechanical Skills

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • All Classes
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Instructor’s Introduction to Class
  • Threaded Fastener Tension & Torque
  • Lubrication, ThreadLockers, & Cleaners
  • Bearing Systems
  • Diagnosing & Solving Mechanical Problems
  • Tools & Tool Selection
  • Repair Stands
  • Home Shop Setup
    • Maintenance Schedule

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Chapter 2 — Tires & Tubes

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Wheel Removal
  • Removal of Tire & Tube from Rim
  • Inner Tube Inspection
    • Cut at Valve Vase
    • Leaky Valve Core
    • Large Shredded Hole
    • Hole on the Rim Strip Side of Tube
    • Long Cut or Rip
    • Single Puncture or Small Hole
    • Double Slits
  • Tire Inspection
  • Rim Strip
  • Inner Tube Repair
    • Pre-Glued Patch Repair
    • Inner Tube Repair with Self-Vulcanizing Patches
  • Inner Tube Sealants
  • Tire Liners
  • Temporary Tire Repair with Tire Boot
  • Inner Tube Valves
  • Tire & Tube Sizing
  • Installation of Tire & Tube on Wheel
  • Wheel Installation
    • Front Wheels with Disc Brakes
    • Solid Axle Types
    • Thru-Axle Systems
  • Tubeless Systems
    • Tubeless Conversion Systems
  • Tubular Tires

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Chapter 3 — Rear Sprockets

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Cassette Sprocket Removal & Installation
  • Freewheel Sprocket Removal & Installation
  • Single-Speed Removal
  • Sprocket Inspection & Cleaning
  • Fixed Gear Sprockets

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Chapter 4 — Hubs

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Hub Bearing Service: Adjustable Cup-and-Cone Type
    • Disassembly
    • Parts Inspection
    • Assembly
    • Hub Adjustment
    • Oversized Axle Service: Campagnolo® and Shimano®
    • Hub Adjustment: Solid Axle Cup-and-Cone
  • Freehub Removal & Installation
  • Cartridge Bearing Hubs
    • Mavic® Hub (Level 1 Type)

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Chapter 5 — Wheel Truing

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Student
  • Wheel Truing Overview
    • Lateral True
    • Radial True
    • Rim Centering (Dish)
    • Tension
  • Truing Procedures
    • Lateral Truing
    • Radial Truing
    • Wheel Centering (Dishing)
    • Spoke Tension
  • Broken & Damaged Spoke Replacement
  • Wheel Wear, Damage, & Repair

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Chapter 6 — Pedals

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Pedal Removal
  • Pedal Installation
  • Damage to Crank Pedal Threads
  • Pedal Bearing Service

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Chapter 7 — Cranksets

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Crank Types
  • Crank Removal & Installation
    • Self-Extracting Crank Systems
    • Three-Piece Cranks: Octalink®, ISIS Drive, Square Spindle, Power Spline™, and Power Drive™
    • Two-Piece Compression Slotted Cranks: Shimano® and FSA®
    • Two-Piece Cranks Using Wave Washer: FSA® MegaExo® and SRAM® GXP® PF
    • Two-Piece Self-Extracting Cranks: Truvativ®, SRAM® GXP®
    • Two-Piece Pre-Load Adjuster Nut Cranks: Truvativ®, SRAM® BB30 I-A, and FSA® Afterburner™
    • Campagnolo® and Fulcrum® Ultra-Torque® Cranks
    • Campagnolo® Power Torque™ Cranks
    • Specialized® S-Works® Cranks
  • Bottom Bracket System Types
    • Threaded Standards
    • Non-Threaded Standards
      • BB86 and BB92
      • BB90 and BB95
      • BB30
      • PF30
      • 386EVO
      • BBright®
  • Bottom Bracket Bearing Service for Non-Threaded Shells
    • BB30 Bearings
    • PF30 and BBRight® Bearings
    • BB30 and PF30 Adaptors for Non-BB30 Cranks
    • BB86, BB90, BB92, BB95 Bearings (Shimano® PF and GXP® PF)
    • Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque® and Fulcrum® Bearings
    • Campagnolo® Power Torque™ Bearings
    • Campagnolo® BB30 Bearing Adaptors
  • Bottom Bracket Bearing Service for Threaded Shells
    • Threaded Bottom Bracket with Two-Piece Cranks
    • Threaded Cartridge Bottom Brackets: ISIS Drive, Octalink®, and Square Spindle
    • Threaded Adjustable Bottom Bracket Bearings
      • Bottom Bracket Removal
      • Bottom Bracket Installation
      • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Chainrings
    • Chainring Replacement
    • Chainring Wear and Damage

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Chapter 8 — Chains

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Chain Sizing for Derailleur Bikes
    • Chain Sizing with Chain Retention System
    • Chain Removal
  • New Chain Installation on Derailleur Bikes
    • Shimano® and FSA® Chains with Connecting Rivet
    • Campagnolo® 10-speed Chain
    • Campagnolo® 11-speed Chain
      • Setting or Peening of 11-Speed Coupling Rivet
    • Chains with Master Link
    • Chain with Reusable Rivets
    • Tight Link Repair
  • Chain Sizing and Tension Adjustment: Two-Sprocket Bicycles
    • Chain Tension: Two-Sprocket Bikes
    • Chain Tension: Two-Sprocket Bikes with Chain Tension Idler Device
    • Chain Tension: Eccentric Bottom Brackets on Tandem and Single-Speeds
      • Tandem Crank Synchronizing
  • Chain Wear and Damage
  • Chain Cleaning
  • Chain Lubrication

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Chapter 9 — Derailleur Systems

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Cable System
    • Cable Housing Length and Routing
    • Cable Lubrication
  • Shift Levers
    • Flat Bar Trigger Shifters
    • Twist Grip Shifters
    • Above-the-Bar Shifters
    • Drop Bar Integral Brake / Shift Levers
      • Campagnolo®
    • Down Tube Shifters
    • Bar End Shifters
  • Front Derailleur
    • Derailleur Cable Attachment
    • Height Adjustment
    • Rotational Adjustment
    • Limit Screw Adjustment
      • L-Limit Screw
      • H-Limit Screw
    • Front Index Adjustment: Three-Chainring Bikes
    • Front Index Adjustment: Two-Chainring Bikes
    • Front Derailleur Performance
    • Shimano® Front Derailleur FD-9000
      • Shimano® FD-9000 Front Derailleur Adjustment
  • Rear Derailleur
    • Derailleur Capacity and Maximum Sprocket Size
    • Derailleur Installation
    • Derailleur Cable Attachment
    • Limit Screw Adjustment
      • H-Limit Screw
      • L-Limit Screw
      • B-Screw Adjustment
    • Index Adjustment
      • Shimano® Rapid Rise™ Derailleurs
    • Clutch System Rear Derailleurs
  • Chainline
  • Derailleur Hanger Alignment & Repair
  • Derailleur Wear & Service
    • Troubleshooting Derailleur Systems
  • Electronic Shift Derailleurs
    • Shimano® Di2® Intelligent System
      • Shifters
      • Di2® Battery
      • Front Derailleur
      • Rear Derailleur
      • Crash Feature
    • Campagnolo® EPS® Derailleurs: Super Record®, Record®, and Athena®
      • EPS® Rear Derailleur Adjustment
      • EPS® Front Derailleur Adjustment
      • EPS® Derailleur Ride-Setting
      • Crash Mode and Ride Home Mode
      • EPS® Battery and Charging Unit
      • Troubleshooting

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Chapter 10 — Internal Gear Systems

  • Overview
  • Advanced or Optional Class
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
  • SRAM® DualDrive™
  • SRAM® I-Motion® 9
  • Shimano® Nexus Inter-7®, Nexus Inter-8®, & Alfine® Hubs

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Chapter 11 — Caliper Disc Brake Systems

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Caliper Types
  • Brake Pads
  • Disc Brake Rotors
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
    • Hydraulic Brake Levers
    • Hydraulic Disc Calipers
      • Hydraulic Brake Caliper Alignment
  • Hydraulic Brake Fluid Service
    • Shimano® Hydraulic Brakes
      • Brake Pad Removal and Replacement
      • Brake Bleeding
    • Magura® Hydraulic Caliper Brakes
    • Hayes® Hydraulic Caliper Brakes
    • Avid® Hydraulic Caliper Brakes
    • Tektro® Hydraulic Caliper Brakes
  • Mechanical Disc Brake Systems
    • Brake Lever
    • Caliper Pad Alignment and Clearance
    • Shimano® Mechanical Disc Brakes
    • Tektro® Mechanical Disc Brakes
    • Hayes® Mechanical Disc Brakes
    • Avid® Mechanical Disc Brakes

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Chapter 12 — Caliper Rim Brake Systems

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Brake Levers
    • Upright Handlebar Brake Levers
    • Drop Bar Brake Levers
  • Cable System
    • Cable Lubrication
    • Cable Housing Length
  • Caliper Rim Brakes
    • Brake Pads
      • Brake Pad Alignment
      • Vertical Height Alignment
      • Tangential Alignment
      • Vertical Face Alignment
      • Pad Toe
    • Linear-Pull Caliper Adjustment
    • Cantilever Caliper Adjustment
    • Dual-Pivot Caliper Adjustment
    • Side-Pull Caliper Adjustment

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Chapter 13 — Handlebars, Stems, Saddles, & Seatposts

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • All Classes
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
  • Upright Handlebars
    • Bar Grips
  • Drop Style Handlebars (Road Bars)
    • Clip-On and Aero Handlebars
  • Stems
    • Quill Stems
    • Threadless Stems
  • Saddles
  • Seatposts

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Chapter 14 — Headsets

  • Overview
    • Common Misconceptions
  • Novice
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
  • Intermediate
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Advanced
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Instructor
      • Samples
      • Student
  • Headset Types
  • Headset Service
    • Threadless Headset Service
    • Threadless Headset Adjustment
    • Threaded Headset Service
    • Threaded Headset Adjustment
  • Headset Replacement & Installation
    • Headset Stack Height
    • Pressed Headset Removal
    • Pressed Headset Installation
    • Fork Crown Race Installation
  • Fork Steering Column Sizing
    • Threadless Steering Columns
      • Star Nut and Compression Plug Installation
    • Threaded Steering Columns

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Chapter 15 — Frame & Fork

  • Overview
  • Optional Class
    • Lesson Objective
    • Equipment
      • Samples
  • Frame Components
    • Fork
    • Head Tube
    • Top Tube
    • Down Tube
    • Seat Tube
    • Chain Stay
    • Seat Stay
    • Dropouts
    • Bottom Bracket Shell
    • Swing Arm
  • Frame Construction & Service
    • Steel
    • Aluminum
    • Titanium
    • Carbon Fiber

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Chapter 16 — Suspension

  • Overview
  • Optional Class
    • Lesson Objectives
    • Equipment
      • Samples
  • Spring Systems
    • Helical Compression Springs
    • Elastomer and Rubber Springs
    • Air (Gas) Springs
  • Shocks (Dampers)
  • Suspension Linkages
  • Service & Tuning
    • Spring Preload
    • Fluid Viscosity
    • Valving
    • Linkage
    • Cyclist Posture
    • Tire Contact

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Chapter 17 — On-Ride Repair

  • Overview
  • Tool Choices
  • Repair Procedures
    • Flat Tire
    • Cut or Ripped Tire
    • Broken Spoke
    • Dented Rim
    • Broken Chains
    • Chain Suck
    • Twisted Chain
    • Squeaky and Noisy Chain
    • Rear Derailleur Shifting Into the Spokes or Frame
    • Derailleur Not Indexing Properly
    • Broken Derailleur Body, Cage, or Hanger
    • Missing Derailleur Pulleys
    • Front Derailleur Cage Bent or Twisted
    • Crank Falling Off
    • Pedals Falling Off
    • Bent Crank
    • Bottom Bracket Loose or Falling Apart
    • Broken Derailleur Cable
    • Broken Brake Cable
    • Twisted or Bent Handlebars or Stem
    • Bent Frame or Fork
    • Bent Saddle or Seat Post

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Appendices A–J — Reference Materials

  • A: Tool List
  • B: Glossary
  • C: Torque Recommendations
    • Torque Conversion Scale
  • D: Headset Standards
  • E: Bike Map
  • F: Bike Examination Form
  • G: Park Tool School Evaluation
  • H: FAQ Sheet for Retail Staff
  • I: Basic Mechanic Training for the Bicycle Retailer
    • New Bicycle Assembly
    • Basic Assembly Checklist
  • J: Registration Form

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