Partner organization training services

Written by Jim Sheehan
Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:35

We are pleased to see so many community bike programs emerging, and we are eager to help them succeed by sharing whatever knowledge and resources we can. This is the "package" of discounts, training, and support we offer for organizations starting bike libraries, neighborhood co-ops and DIY spaces, Bike Camps, or other cycling programs.

Over the years we have done extensive, on-site, volunteer and staff training for various bike programs. After lots of hours of custom programs certain common elements became evident.  So we have incorporated those skills modules into our existing programs, and have found it much more convenient and effective for individuals or small groups from the partner organization to join our regular classes or volunteer training, followed by a shorter period of on-site consultation to adapt what they have learned to their organization's specific needs. The in-shop training is not mandatory for a partner organization to access other benefits, but would be very important for a group's staff or volunteers who are not experienced cyclists or bike shop mechanics  -- and, even if they are, it will impart good techniques for training others.

Enrolling key staff or volunteers in OCBC's Shop Class series will give them hands-on training in the basics of a bike tune up. Volunteering after that would give them invaluable practice, with guidance and further training, while they earn shop credits that can be used to purchase materials for the organization, or as a personal reward for their efforts.

For programs that will include bike riding -- even if not on open roads -- our Traffic Skills Intro ride would be the minimum training for ride leaders to know widely-accepted best practices for riding safely and legally on streets, paths or trails (and in a group of cyclists). Certification from the League of American Bicyclists to teach that curriculum, if desired, would require passing our full Traffic Skills 101 course to then be eligible for a 26 hour certification seminar from the League, which offers LCI seminars every month or so.  This training in proven teaching techniques includes a layer of liability insurance as well.

Our programs would provide a good foundation for others' basic program development, but adapting that knowledge to their specific needs requires some prioritization.  So we provide consultation on program design; shop set up and procedures; and how to present group rides, bike camps, and rodeos. Our consulting fee is $100 per hour of participatory training time; we do not charge for a reasonable amount of advanced preparation via email or in person to learn about the partner group's goals and resources, or for written follow-up recommendations.

With 5 hours of consulting we also offer: 
  • "As-is" bikes -- that have been evaluated and prepped -- at 1/6 of our retail price, so ~ $10 to $40. 
  • Sorted and evaluated used parts (by the bucket -- bring your own!)  for free, as available.  
  • New items (repair parts like cables, chains, etc.; accessories like locks and helmets; and tools to equip the shop) for 30% off retail. 
  • We are happy to share our documented shop procedures (simplified, printed versions of the tasks found here, and many others) for partner groups to adapt, with attribution.

Consultation can be used in one-hour (min.) increments, preferably on site at the program location. Probably the biggest help we can provide would be to help partner groups "choose their battles" when it comes to how much salvage and refurbishing to do, what is worth fixing, how much of what parts to keep on hand, etc. based on the partner group's internal strategic planning and the recommendations in this advice to new community bicycle programs. 

To discuss group partnership arrangements please email or stop in to visit our operation.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:52 )