You've probably encountered your share of good wrenches and bad wrenches. There are people who live and breathe bicycles, and there are people who are just starting out and learning the hard way . . . on your beloved bike.
Places like Guelph's Winterborne Bicycle Institute aim to provide the training and experience that produces a quality bicycle mechanic, but there aren't as many Winterbornes as we might like. So, the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and the GTA-based Learning Enrichment Foundation are partnering to create the Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance Program.
The organizers hope the Toronto-based program will appeal to young people who might be sniffing around looking for a career path. They want to crank out between 40 and 50 bike mechanics a year, with the first grads ready by mid-April. The whole plan is to be rolled out next Tuesday in Toronto. When I hear more, I'll pass it on.