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.


[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

It’s Day 3 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

If you haven’t already logged on to our website,, and looked at the wide range of Apprenticeship vacancies we’re currently recruiting for, then do it now!

There are oportunities in fashion, marketing, gardening and manufacturing.

If you need any advice, call 0845 8949530 and we’ll be happy to help!

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

Ian Harper at the London Bike Show 2012


ATG Training were at the London Bike Show between 12th and 15th January 2012. CEO Ian Harper took a few moments out from speaking to some of the 1,000+ visitors to the Cycle stage we shared with The Association of Cycle Traders, to share his knowledge and experience of the event. This short video will give you a flavour of what happened at Excel in London Docklands.

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

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.

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

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…

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

Wheels but with a twist!

During our level 2 wheel building course this week, we challanged some of our learners to come up with some unorthadox ways of lacing a wheel.

Snowflakes, double snow flakes, 4 twist snowflakes, leading and trailing, leading and trailing twist and snowflake radial where some of my favs….

Jamie from Head for the hills cycles and Dale from Reg Taylor cycles both used there new Cytech level 2 knowlage to create some scary looking frankenstein wheels.


here are some pics of my favorites…

double snow flake taking shape

snow flake with 4 twists

3 trailing 3 leading

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

She lives!!!!

When Simon (who works upstairs doing the important behind the scenes paperworky type stuff here at ATG Training) said he was going to build a Tandem, we had to do a double take – “Sorry.. what?” and I have to say that personally speaking I felt stuck between dubious and aprehensive (which is never a good place to be stuck between).

Well… it turns out that it’s Simon who is having the last laugh!

With thanks to Craig from Rutland Cycling who was here with us last week on his Cytech Technical Two training and four cross wheels with brass washers built by Adam on his Advanced wheel building course , the Tandem is now fully completed and an absolute hoot to ride!

It’s maiden voyage was right here outside the Future Centre piloted by workshop trainers Matt and Jules (who are seasoned stunt proffesionals to boot) and of course its proud owner Simon. We are proud to say it passed the (all be it wobbly) first ride / PDI check and we all had goes at being the Pilot and Stoker.

It just left me wanting ‘one last go’ so I guess from that point of view I’m hooked! If you’ve never ridden one before, give it a go! You might just like it!!

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]

Italy’s New Bike Buying Incentive Scheme is Super Success

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the UK government were as fully behind green issues as our continental cousins? One day maybe – one day.

[Facebook] [LinkedIn] [MySpace] [Propeller] [Reddit] [Twitter] [Windows Live]