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The Bike Inn is proud to be an approved ELCAS learning provider, offering a Level 3 qualification in Bicycle Mechanics, accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

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Find out how The Bike Inn supports and develops its graduates with unique oppotunities.

We understand that leaving the forces and transiting into “Civy Street” can be a daunting prospect.

You may need to find employment, but you face difficulties translating your accumulated skills and experience into the requirements of a more regular job. Our training and the related qualification, not only arms you with the necessary technical knowledge and skills to secure a job as a bicycle mechanic in an established workshop, but we also offer advice and practical tips if you want to set up your own cycle related business.

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Course Structure

Our course structure includes two months of Tutor led, virtual learning and 14 days onsite at our well-equipped training workshop in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. The achievement of the qualification requires written essays and evidence of practical work gathered during both the virtual and on-site phases of the course.

We specialise in providing post course technical and business support and advice to our Alumni.

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The Level 3 course comprises the following subject areas:

  • Tool selection depending on working environment
  • Preparing frame elements for assembly
  • Standards, compatibilities, diagnosing, repairing and maintaining major frame elements
  • Diagnosis, maintenance and repair of rim, disc and hydraulic brakes – to advanced level
  • Comprehensive gear systems including ratios, chain line calculations, installation, indexing and troubleshooting
  • Suspension forks and rear suspension – to advanced level
  • Tubular and tubeless tyres
  • Wheel building
  • Bearing technology
  • Electronic gears
  • E-Bike awareness
  • Customisations – professional bike fit, frame geometry, component selection
  • Coaching techniques
  • Quality control, handling customer complaints and consumer legislation basics

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The Bike Inn Guarantee

For any avid cyclist or bike enthusiast our location is seen as cycling nirvana, with some of the country’s best and most beautiful scenery right on our doorstep (or so we like to think!).

We encourage all our students to get out on their bikes during their time with us – and if she is back from competing in Europe, UCI team member Henrietta Colborne (partner in the business) will gladly take you on the cycling challenge of your choice!

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30 Years of Experience

The Bike Inn has been training respected bike mechanic professionals for over 30 years, with many former graduates going on to pursue successful careers within the industry or run their own lucrative cycle business.

In our time we have helped many hundreds of service personnel, of all ages and ranks, prepare for the next chapter of their life. We choose to offer the IMI qualification because it has, what we deem to be, the best and most relevant modular course structure. As well as being internationally recognised, the qualification also provides the credentials required for professional insurance purposes.