Smartphone App

The new ATG Training i-phone app is now available from the i-tunes market. Just search ATG Training and you will find it. Smartphone App home page screen
Alternatively follow this link.
The app features
•         Part of a bike
•         Cytech Training course information
•         120 question quiz, broken into 10 random questions bite sized peices
•         Google maps of the training venues
•         Our social media pages
•         Contact information with direct phone and emails from the app 
It is free to download. An Android version will shortly be available too for those of you who have that technology.

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Cycle Show 2012 Cycle Show 2012 – 28th-30th September 2012. NEC, Birmingham – Stand F60

The Cycle Show will return to the NEC, Birmingham on 28th – 30th September 2012 with a number of heavy-weight bike brands, such as Specialized, Trek and Madison, joining the line up from last year.

This year the show will host an array of new interactive features. After the show closes on Saturday, the action will move outside for a super criterium featuring an elite line up of international riders.

Running alongside the show on Sunday will be the last Tour Ride of the season – with a challenge and pro sportive. Inside the show, you’ll find a new MTB pump track, electric bike village, and a VIP lounge where you can meet pro riders, medallists and celebs. Visit for more information.

Whether you are looking for the latest innovations from specialist brands, wanting to try out a new bike or see the best riders compete, The Cycle Show offers an amazing day out for everyone.

Cytech Technical Advice Area Various demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available from ATG training. Cytech experts will be provided for the duration of the show along with tool benches and demo bikes.

You’ll have the chance to learn skills that are essential in the world of bikes and discover the career possibilities if you became a Cytech qualified mechanic.

We look forward to seeing you at stand F60.


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Aston Clinton Scout Group gain Cytech experience

As part of their preparation for riding the annual Wheel Power Tour De Vale ride, Aston Clinton Scout Group paid a visit to the Cycle Academy at ATG Training in Aylesbury to learn some tricks of the trade.

Jules Thrasher, who is a cycle maintenance guru delivers the training to professional cycle mechanics from all over the UK, was on hand to help the boy and girl scouts learn what to check on their bikes for safety. Using the principles of the ‘M check,’ the Aston Clinton scouts all reviewed their machines for the prime safety requirements.

Scout Leader David Wall outlined the programme that the Scouts were following over the coming months. ‘Cycle safety is a paramount concern of ours and when we heard about the Cycle Academy in ATG Training it was an obvious place to go in preparation for our training rides along the Marsworth Canal tow path next week. It was great to hear from such an experienced trainer as Jules what to look out for as a precursor to setting out on a bike ride. He was also able to show the Scouts what to do in the event of a puncture whilst out on a ride. We learnt a lot during the evening and I’m sure this will help on the Tour De Vale in June’.

The Scouts plus their Leaders visited the Cycle Academy workshop, each bringing their own bike to check. They were able to find a few faults to adjust and were given access to the tools in the workshop to make the adjustments required. This then became a quick and easy task, now they know what to look for.

Ian Harper - CEO ATG Training

Ian Harper

Ian Harper – CEO of ATG Training said: ‘It was such a pleasure to see the Scouts keen to learn how to maintain their bikes. Their enthusiasm to pick up the basic maintenance techniques was encouraging and I’m sure will stand them in good stead over the summer cycling adventures they are planning’.

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We will be attending iceBike this week where we will be launching the Cytech Retail Skills Programme which has been specially developed for the outdoor and performance pursuits market where customers are more discerning than most and retail staff need to deliver top class customer service in order close a sale.

Cytech Retail Skills programme will also help staff develop the skills necessary to ensure that their shop is efficient, customer-focused and profitable.

All training is delivered at the place of work of the person who is learning the enhanced skills and delivered by our talented and experienced Cytech Training Officers. This is in order for the training to be specific to your business and take account of the daily working environment that is relevant to your company.

Cytech Retail Skills
A Retail Apprenticeship is the ideal qualification for all employees over the age of 16 working within a retail environment role such as sales advisors, customer service advisors, product experts and any similar roles.
This Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills equips learners with the fundamental skills to operate efficiently in a retail environment, working effectively as part of a focused retail team. The units making up the Retail Apprenticeship programme include:
• Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
• Help customers choose products in a retail environment
• Provide information and advice to customers in a retail environment
• Work effectively in your retail team
• Understanding customer service in the retail sector
• Understanding the retail selling process
• Understanding how individuals and teams contribute to the effectiveness of a retail business
• Understanding how a retail business maintains health and safety on its premises
• Understanding security and loss prevention in a retail business
• Understanding the handling of customer payments in a retail business

The Apprenticeship is supported by Government funding and will provide recognised skills in the retail environment.  An employer contribution is required; however we work with employers to secure the maximum amount of funding available. Our friendly team is ready to answer any questions and help get a course started which will lay firm foundations for a future in retail.

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It is day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

Today we are in Hale Leys Shopping centre discussing #apprenticeships with passers-by.

Future Centre

Future Centre

Last night the Government confirmed an incentive of a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds. More details are on our website

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It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

CEO Ian Harper will be on the radio today discussing the current issues pertaining to apprenticeships. The following stations will carry the message.

  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • Big L
  • BBC Radio London
  • Inspiration Fm
  • 106 JACK FM Oxfordshire
  • Represzent 107.3

If you are in the High Wycombe area, come and see us at the Job Centre Apprenticeship Fair being held in the AMF Bowling Centre from 2pm to 4pm this afternoon. We’ll be able to answer all your Apprenticeship-related questions and discuss our current vacancies with you.

See you there!

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London Bike Show – Free Prize Draw Winners

The London Bike Show returned bigger and better than ever for its second year at the ExCel, London.

There was a much larger bike presence than the previous year, with the cycle’s area dominating a whole hall.

The ACT were at the show to promote WorkRiders, the new cycling to work programme, and ATG Training, ActSmart’s partner Cytech provider.

The ACT partnered with the London Bike Show to support the Cycling Stage which was host to Cytech demonstrations delivered by ATG Training, guest speakers and auctions throughout the four day show.

Cytech Technical Advice ActSmart’s runner up Partner of the Year 2011, and Cytech Training Providers, ATG Training were on hand at the Cycling Stage to offer technical advice and carry out demonstrations. The demos were a huge success with crowds gathering to learn about everything from preparing your bike for commuting to truing a wheel.

 After watching Cytech demos, visitors were glad to learn that it has never been easier to get qualified as a cycle mechanic, with Cytech Technical One Theory now available completely online, and until the end of February, with 50% off the price.

The interest in Cytech courses was evident through ATG’s prize draw to win home mechanic gear, with over 1000 entries received. 

Of all the completed entries received the first to be drawn by the independent adjudicator was:

Mr David Coxhead. Proprietor, Bristows Cycles

David wins the Wheel Truing stand 

Park Tools

Park Tools Wheel truing stand

Next to be drawn was:

Mr Robin Warr
from Greenich – London
Robin wins the Advanced Park Tools mechanic kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Congratulations to both Messrs Coxhead and Warr. 

If you have not won a prize don’t be sad, there is much to be gained from attending a Cytech course at one of ATG Training’s world class cycle workshops. Course dates and venues can be found here

Thanks to all of you who entered.

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Thank you

Welcome to ATG Training and thank you for visiting us today. If you are a new visitor, we hope you can find the information you are seeking. If your are a returning visitor you will notice a few changes to the site, which we hope you like. Over the coming weeks futher enhancements are due, so please come back from time to time to see the updates.

We now have dedicated sites for all the different markets. So those of you who have been following our cycle news, there is a new home for this at Save this address to follow and contibute to the cycle industry.

We would love to hear your opinions so please use the feed back forms on the site to let us know what you think.

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Top tips! Lacing a wheel.

Tools required:

Truing Stand

Lap top

DT Spoke chart

Welcome to another Cytech Top Tips Blog post! Here we shall show you how to lace a front wheel (in a three cross symettrical pattern)

Tools required:

Dishing tool

tension metre

Spoke keys

Nipple Driver


Spoke Rule

Step 1:

Calculate the required spoke lengths either on-line or manually.

 Step 2:

Count out the ammount of spokes you need. If you are using an already opened box then make sure you measure the spokes with a spoke rule to check for rogue spokes!

 Step 3:

Oil the spoke threads using a heavy lube such as Finish Line wet lube.

 Step 4:

Decide which way round the hub logo will sit and line the logo up with the rim logo (when viewd through the valve hole) by making ‘train tracks’ with the spokes either side of the hub logo

 Step 5:

Ensure the spokes are located in hole 1 and hole 8 of the hub (determined by the hub logo orientation) spoke head to face out on the L/H side and inwards on the R/H side for a Symmetric lace.

 Step 6:

Place the rim with the valve hole at 12 o’clock. Insert the L/H spoke into the eyelet immeadiately to the LEFT of the valve hole and the RIGHT spoke into the second eyelet from the valve hole on the RIGHT. Screw the nipples halfway down the thread.

 Step 7:

At the hub start from the L/H side and miss one spoke hole before putting the next spoke in with the head facing outwards. Take this spoke and cross it over the spoke to the RIGHT. From the valve hole count three eyelet spaces (include the R/H spoke) and place the spoke into the fourth hole.

 Step 8:

Follow this pattern all of the way round the rim (miss one hole at the hub, miss three at the rim) until you return to the valve hole.

 Step 9:

Starting with the R/H spoke (the one with the head facing inwards) fill the remaining holes in the hub (heads ace INWARDS remember!) count three holes from the first R/H spoke and place the spoke into the fourth. You will be working anti-clockwise. REMEMBER you must interlace these spokes with the others! (The L/H ones)

 Step 10:

To acertain the lead spoke on the other side of the wheel, flip the wheel over (so the pattern you have just made is away from you) and find the spoke that was to the L/H side of the valve hole in STEP 5. Follow this spoke down and place a spoke through the R/H side of this spoke (imagine drawing an imaginary line back from the spoke that the spoke you are placing in cannot cross) The spoke should sit on the ‘free’ bit of metal on the hub between spokes to the right of Step 5′s spoke.

 (Tilt your head to the left to view this image! the spoke is on the R/H side…)

Step 11:

Pull this spoke through (it will be on your R/H side) so that the head faces outwards (towards you) and place it in the second eyelet to the RIGHT of the valve hole. Count back to the eigth hole on the hub (anti-clockwise) and place the spoke through so that the head faces inwards.

 Step 12:

You will now have in place your ‘control’ spokes. Follow Steps 7 to 9, but make sure that you work to the LEFT with the heads facing outwards first (this will be the opposite way to the first side). after you have filled all of the spoke holes you should have what looks like a wheel!!

 Fancy learning more? Then get yourself booked onto a Cytech wheelbuilding course with us here at ATG-training!!

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The Apprentice speaks!


When Jules asked me to write a blog for the ATG website I didn’t know where to begin. After some thought I realised that I should share my first experiences here.

 On my first day I was pretty nervous as I didn’t have any experience as a cycle mechanic!!!

Walking into the workshop for the first time was very daunting; there were tools that I had never seen before. Jules and Mat made me feel really welcome, like there was no pressure to rush and cram everything into my head all at once. As time went on I started to use these random tools that only do one job and cost loads! I started to gain knowledge into what the tools are and how to use them. This Knowledge made me feel much more relaxed; I still had to do the usual boring jobs like:

  • Hoovering;
  • Cleaning;
  • And a huge amount of photocopying…

 It was cool though because it made me feel like I had contributed to the way that the workshop looks. Even now I’m obsessed with how clean the workshop is.

 So far I am really enjoying it at ATG, it is so much better the college and I am going to make the most of it while I’m still here…

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