internationally renowned since 2010
internationally renowned since 2010
ABI was born from a love of both bicycles and teaching. My 30 years of experience as a Professional Bicycle Mechanic and 20 years of experience teaching support a unique ability to help anyone understand bicycles better, and have lots of fun in the process.
~ Jenny Kallista, Instructor
ABI has safety as a top priority. Be assured we always have everyone's health in mind as we continue to learn, grow, and make the world around us better each day.
scroll through to see all classes offered for 2023
(be sure to click on 'more events' and to see details on registration)
email registration questions to:
A FOUNDATIONAL CLASS. THE FOCUS HERE IS ON MAINTENANCE AND INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL CONCEPTS WITH ALL COMPONENTS. COME AWAY WITH A MUCH B...
THIS EXCITING CLASS WILL IMMERSE THE STUDENT INTO A WEEK-LONG EXPERIENCE IN BICYCLE MECHANICS, COVERING ALL THE ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE MATER...
3 FULL DAYS OF ADVANCED TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS* IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FOX RACING SHOX SINCE 2012. THIS IS THE MOST COM...
THIS CLASS COVERS THE BEST, EASIEST-TO-LEARN BUILDING TECHNIQUES FOR THE STRONGEST WHEELS. THEORY, TIPS, SPECIAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES WILL B...
THIS CLASS ADDRESSES BOTH HYDRAULIC (DOT-FLUID AND MINERAL OIL- BASED) SYSTEMS AND MECHANICALS. PAD REPLACEMENT, BLEED TECHNIQUES, CALIPER ...
ABI is a different little school!
Class size is small (which contributes to quick-filling classes!). Students love this feature, as it allows for a lot of individualized attention and a lot of fun getting to know your fellow students.
Classes involve a mix of lecture, demonstration and hands-on, with a dose of history, some lore, myriad techniques, and a special inside perspective on the bike industry. A truly unique experience awaits!
The school is located just a little ways from the fun mountain town of Asheville, NC (about 20 minutes from the heart of downtown), in a rural, beautiful rolling countryside setting with gorgeous views and a peaceful atmosphere. There are loads of lodging options, some even within walking distance to the school, and everything needed is close at hand.
Registration is done through emailing directly, as it helps to have a little background about students so we can assure the school is right for you. It might not be, and that's ok! If you like a more structured, typical institutional layout and would prefer a larger group setting, or if ABI's classes are full, try my friends in Ashland Oregon at United Bicycle Institute, they are truly wonderful (and if you are a Veteran looking to use your GI benefits, go there as they are all set up for it with a long-running program).
Please check details on classes under the 2023 Classes and Schedule tab, click on More Events and scroll down to Additional Details on Classes.
Further questions can be answered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
accumulated professional shop employment since 1992
BSE Certification, Barnett Bicycle Institute 2004
USAC Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic 2014
Park Tool Tech Summit 2011 & 2013
SRAM Technical University, 2007, 2011, 2018
Official Team Mechanic for Ironman Races 2011-2013
Mechanic for ROGER C. PEACE PARACYCLING TEAM 2012
Specialized University SBCU - Morgan Hill
Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo, Magura, Rock Shox, FOX, BOSCH,
Enduro Bearings, FSA, Rotor, SR Suntour, Cane Creek, Mavic,
and many other manufacturer-specific trainings
Development and implementation of the
Level One Mechanics Certification Program for the PBMA
Founding member of the
Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association
TEACHING BICYCLE MECHANICS SINCE 2003:
Outdoor Program Bicycle Class, Garrett College, Maryland
Asheville School Bike Club
UNCA Asheville Bike Club
U of SC Bicycle Shop Program
Asheville Women’s Prestige-Subaru Racing Team
Pure Velo Women's Race Team
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, NC
Asheville Mountain Sports Festival
+ COUNTLESS BIKE SHOP CLASSES
Served as race technician for many local camps and races including famed Blue Ridge Adventures’ ORAMM & SWANK65.
Conceived and co-sponsored the WNC Bike Expo 2010, featuring local shops, manufacturers, and seminars on bicycle topics.
I fell in love with bikes very early in my life; I was 4 when I learned to ride a bicycle. My papa taught me how to fix a flat tire when I was a little kid, and also taught me how to keep my bike running well. I rode my bike everywhere and didn't own a car until I was 25. I am 100% Czech, and love the bike culture there...everyone rides. I have a degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, my hometown.
Asheville, NC beckoned to me in 1997 to come take advantage of the beautiful mountain landscape and to pursue glass art. Upon arrival, I worked as a professional furnace glassblower and also as a professional welder and steel sculptor in my early years in WNC.
These days in addition to my love for bicycles, I have been pursuing ceramics, gardening, birding, travel, and adventure motorcycling for fun.
Having written many articles for various bicycle-oriented publications over the years, and as a founding member of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association, I enjoy working towards developing professional bicycle mechanics in every way possible.
consulting & on-site training
I am pleased to offer my services as a consultant to any new or existing bike shop, organization, or institution. These services have included employee technical training, shop layout, University course instruction, Police Department Bicycle Program training, tool acquisition and consultation, service department organization, customer service training, and much more. My services have been utilized locally and I have (happily!) travelled out-of-state for these purposes. please feel free to inquire on rates and requirements.
super fine wheel production house
where threadless headsets were born and much, much more
suspension giants, now in Asheville too
where to find single speed colour and engineering
expert guiding in our world class trail system
famed races ORAMM & Swank 65 & more
famed races PMBAR, Double Dare & more
camping & guide services in the heart of Pisgah
learn Asheville history the fun way on an e-bike tour
With technical training at the heart of ABI, classes are always in development. Some subjects we've been thinking of, and may be potentially arranged in a custom-class format (schedule allowing):
-All About Dropper Posts
-Electronic Shift Systems
-Old School Tech/Restorations
-Touring Primer/Rescue Tactics
-Paracycling Special Tech
-Women Only Class
-Shop Ethics/Employee Prep
promoting, developing, and advocating for the Professional Bicycle Mechanic since 2016
ABI offers Part II of the PBMA Certification by appointment (practical, in-person segment, no discounts apply). Email ABI for more info.
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