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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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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Level 3, this time it’s road…

Those of you following us here at ATG-Training will know that we ran our first Level 3 course that was aimed purely at the road scene last week.

What a week it was! We started out by building factory wheels from DT Swiss Shimano and Mavic and showed how to lace Snowflake, Crows Foot and Three leading three trailing patterns. We also showed learners how to tie and solder and correctly install tubulars.

We had a day focusing on the technical developments of the road bike and discussed things like frame materials and geometrys, how to switch a set up from one bike to another bike so that it rides exactly how the last set up did and looked breifly at the different types of fit system there are to fit bike to rider. We also demonstrated the correct steps to take to perfect clipless pedal set up and worked out the similarities and differences between gear inches from a standard and compact chainset.

The last couple of days were devoted to high end groupsets. Learners had the chance to experience the latest from Shimano (Dura-Ace 7900 and Di2) Sram (Force) and Campagnolo (Record) learning how the different gruppos required different installation and set up techniques and how to get the maximum from them with a great looking set up that a Pro would be proud of.

Everyone had a fantastic week and learned loads of valuable tips that will see them achieving a great riding road bike – every time!

If you fancy learning more about the Road bike, then book yourselves onto Level 3 road!

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Scar of the week!!

Cycling is a hard sport. Sometimes we crash. Sometimes we pick up war wounds, used as badges of pride and sources of much exagerated disscussions over a pint.

We hold a Thursday night off-road ride here at ATG-Training and there’s been a fair share of quality dismounts during them, so much so that it’s inspired a new feature for the Blog ‘Scar of the week’.

Here’s mine – caused by a big beast that leapt from the bushes and took a swipe at my leg (the truth – hit a puddle that was a lot deeper than expected and pinged over the bars landing on the chainset bizzarly)

So go on – show us your scar of the week!!

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Tool of the week..

as picked by our shiny new Cytech apprentice alex.

he has chosen the avid bleed kit as this week contender.

the avid bleed kit is seen by many as complicated and confusing but with some explanation it is easy to see why we see it as the best bleed kit available.

Firstly we need to look at the fact that hydraulic DOT fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it can draw water into itself which in a brake is not ideal as when water gets hot it turns to gas and gas in your breaks isn’t very good at all.

SO when your hydraulic fluid leaves the factory its put into boxes and shipped around the world…..a pretty rough journey. your bottle of fluid is shaken up when its transported and the small amount of air and water that’s in the bottle will find its way into the fluid so its important to get rid of this excess before bleeding the brakes.

the small red clips on the avid syringes allow us to seal off the syringe and pull on ti crating a low pressure inside the syringe. this causes something called pressure cavitation and the bubbles expand and reveal themselves. the bubbles will naturally rise to the top of the syringe and form one big bubble. once this has happen your can unlock the red clip and release the excess air. your fluid is now completely free of air even before its bled into the brake!

genius stuff, and a worth while tool investing in!

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It’s time for another of ATG-Trainings renowned ‘Tool of the week’!

This week I am nominating the Rockshox shock pump. “But why?!” I hear you cry… well, your fully suspended air sprung bike would be pretty useless without one, that’s why!!

I like the fact that it is compact enough to fit in your trail pack without too much weight penalty and, like a featherweight boxer, it packs a pretty mean punch for its size, packing up to 300 P.S.I for those of us who like cakes and pies as much as we do riding.

It’s a tool everyone can use, but like with all tools, an experienced toolmeister knows a few extra bits of info about the humble shock pump.

Did you know for example, that the ‘hiss’ from the shock when you remove the shock pump, is actually from the pipe of the shock pump rather than the air can? What theneedle says on the dial is what is in the shock, the reason it reads 5-10 P.S.I lower is that the air has to travel from the shock, through the hose and THEN register the dial.

Also, when you screw the shock pump onto the valve, make sure you thread it on until the needle registers and only a half to three quarters of a turn after this. Turning it any more could damage the threads on the valve and your shock pump.

So, there we have it, a Simple to use, compact, indespensible tool. More than enough reason for it to deserve the ‘tool of the week’ accolade!

Fancy becoming an ‘experienced toolmeister’? then get your backside booked on a course with us here at ATG-Training!!!

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Sram visit ATG

Students attending our Cytech level 3 suspension course got a rare treat today when the

Fisher outdoor neutral support Sram van arrived early in the morning.

The very impressive Sram support van

John Harris from fishers helped us deliver the practical day of our new re written 2 day suspension course that includes Suspension and linkage theory as well as full practical sessions striping and re building suspension units.

John Harris from Fishers in full swing

John took our learners through a full re build of a Rockshox Vivid rear shock as well as full servecing on forks and air shocks.

A big thanks goes out to Fishers and john for providing incredible support and for dedicating their time to helping us deliver quality training.

John shows us his piston head

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