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    June 16th, 2014

    We recently took the bike overhaul course.  We are long time cyclists and we have gained so much information and knowledge from this course.  We would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about their bike and wanting to feel more confident working on it themselves.  Craig is an excellent and patient instructor and a really nice guy.  The workspace was large, clean and bright with top quality tools and equipment.  This course was one of the best things we have ever done for our cycling.  Thank you Craig, for giving us the confidence and skills to overhaul our own bikes.  Great course! 

    Sharon and Bob 
    Victoria B.C. 

November 12th, 2013

Took the Bike Overhaul course. Fantastic!  Informative.  Clear.  Came out of it much more knowledgeable about my bike and able to do a lot to keep it in top shape and to do repairs. Sometimes I'll do that work. Sometimes I'll still take it to our local shop (Sooke Mountain Cycle).  But even if I'm not doing some work, I'm an "informed consumer" now.  I know what to watch out for or test for.  I know how the bike can feel. Understanding how the bike works, I'm now much more in tune with all that.

Being "more in tune with" also means feeling more connected to my bike, more able to "trust my bike". An unexpected and great benefit.

And Craig's a really nice guy!
Many thanks.

Michael Linehan, Sooke BC.

September 27th, 2013

After 60 years of riding and attempting to maintain two-wheeled cycles, the bike overhaul course was an eye-opener on many levels. Craig is an excellent instructor. He passes along not only his technical knowledge, but a common-sense wisdom that is rare with any teacher. You'll regard bicycles in a new way and will immediately be able to put into your training into practice But be warned: his classes are addictive. The more you learn, the more you will realize how much more there is to know and want to keep coming back for more.

Mark Kiemele

In Chemainus. B.C.

September 19th, 2013

Hey Craig, just wanted to let you know that I had a blast taking your course!  I looked forward to each & every class night...thanks again! Next stop...tools! Cheers, Tim

Sidney B.C.

August 2nd, 2013

Your overhaul class was fantastic.  You have an amazing way of demystifying the mechanics of a bicycle in a clear and logical manner.  I immediately set up a home workshop and I love working on my bikes now!

Thank you,

-Penny

Victoria B.C.

March 28th, 2013

I keep thinking how to best express my enthusiasm and satisfaction with the Bicycle Overhaul course and the Missing Link School and am not sure of the right words.Bicycle Overhaul course at the Missing Link School is great. It is professionally presented in a bright and clean classroom/shop with a complete set of pro-quality tools. I recommend the Missing link School to any aspiring bicycle mechanic or mechanically inclined enthusiasts.

Eric Rotgans

Victoria B.C.

February 14th, 2013

I recently participated in the 6 hour Bike Tune course and found it to be superb. The space is clean and bright, and the work stations are well organized and complete. The small group, as well as Craig’s instruction style made for easy learning. Working on my own bike under supervision, after instruction on each activity, was a great way to learn. I now have a better appreciation of how the various components of a bike work together, and found Craig’s tips very helpful. This course exceeded by expectations and I would recommend it for anyone wishing to carry out regular preventative maintenance on their bike. It will also lead to more confidence should something go amiss while you are out on the road, and when organizing more serious repairs at a shop.

Tim Taddy

Victoria B.C.

February 14th, 2013

It was a good course for me - you have your work stations set up so well and restricting it to 3 people makes it very intimate comfortable and customized - well done.  Never felt like you were rushing to get through.

Best wishes

Paul

Victoria B.C.

February 10th, 2013

Thanks so much for the bike overhaul course. My bike works like a charm now and I'm looking forward to getting all of our family bikes back into top working order. You personal and professional approach made every evening class enjoyable and I learned a ton of stuff that I hope will keep our bikes in tip top shape for years to come.

George

Victoria B.C.

May 1st, 2012

Hi Craig,

I took your bike overhaul course back in February, and I just wanted to thank you again.  I ended up getting a job on the sales floor at a local bike shop a couple of weeks afterwards. Even though I'm not actually involved in the mechanics side of things, having the bike course is what gave me the confidence to apply for the job, and it's been awesome to at least have a clue what everyone is talking about around there.  In the past few months there has been a string of awesome and unexpected opportunities which have led me to start road racing (which I am loving!) and I think it all started with taking your course.  So thanks again for that opportunity! 

Have a great summer,

Candice

Victoria B.C.

January 11th, 2013

The Bike Basics course was tremendous value for the money. Before taking the course, I felt like such a neophyte. Despite riding several hundred miles already, I was still a little afraid of breaking down, getting a flat, putting my wheel on wrong, etc. The antidote to fear is information, so I signed up -- and the hands-on workshop definitely gave me the knowledge and the confidence I needed to get the most out of my bike.

Tori Klassen

Victoria B.C.

January 9th, 2013

My 12-year-old son and I took Missing Link's "Bike Basics" course last night.  I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand a little more about how a bike is put together and how to take care of it.  We worked on our own bikes, cleaning and lubricating the chain, removing the rear tire
and tube and then reinstalling them, and learning more about tires, brakes and shifting.  Craig is a very patient and attentive instructor, and I appreciated his clear explanations.

I now understand more about how the various components of my bike work together.  The class size is very small,
allowing for lots of individual attention, which especially helped my son. I felt he was very welcome there, and was engaged through the whole session. The workshop itself exceeds all expectations.  It's brand new, clean,
well-equipped, with lots of space to work.  It was a great way to spend an evening. 

Peggy Herring

Victoria B.C.

January 15th, 2010

I took the bike maintenance class to teach me more about my bike. I found that the information was given in a simple form so I could understand it. I am no longer intimidated when going into the bike shops for my repairs. I was suprised at how many simple things that I can do that will save me money on repairs. I definately recommend other women cyclists take this class.

Ride safe,

Debbie

Victoria B.C.

June 1st, 2011

This class was presented in a mannor where I could understand the mechanics. The samples and illistrations were very helpfull. I found Craigs teaching skills to be very professional and informative on even the most basic skills that I thought I already knew. I have been changing tires for years and I still learned so many helpful skills to simplify this task. I am much more confident when riding my bike as I am not so worried about breakdowns anymore.

Thank you!

Lisa

Victoria B.C.

December 9th, 2012

Thanks again for a great course! I will definitely recommend your school to anyone who might be interested.

Dan

Victoria B.C.

June 12th, 2011

My son and I took this course together. It was hands on, it was fun, abolutely excellent. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and endlessly patient, one of those rare genuine nice guys. The repair facility itself was unbelievable- so clean, so well organized, fully equipped. To be able to learn and work in it was truly cool.

Brian

Victoria B.C.

November 1st, 2012

"The Bike overhaul class offered by Missing Link Bike School has given me the confidence and skills to preform regular maintenance  as well as making On-ride repairs.  The Instructor, Craig Toker, delivers a course that makes bike repair fun and easy!  I highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to learn more about your bicycle and keep it properly maintained.   It was great to be able to work on your own bicycle too......my Bike has never felt so Smooth and Fast! "

Thanks again Craig for everything!

Andy

Victoria B.C.

November 26th, 2012

I think I tore down my first bike at age 12. I've been dabbling in the art ever since but never really learned the finer points nor did I have a good idea of the specialized tools that make the job so much easier and the results so much better. Craig offers a very professional program right from the content and delivery to the facilities, tools and teaching aids. The small teacher/student ratio and Craig's depth of knowledge add to his natural ability to teach. My class was a mix of student experience and background and all students seemed to get value from the course. From the basic skills of tire changes to the finer points of bearings, torque specs, wheel truing and chainline, Craig is able to make sense of it for everyone and offer excellent tips for better results. In addition to the fine teaching program, Craig's philosophy is that once you are a student, you are welcome back at any time for additional training, and advice on tools or procedures. This program allows students to get to know their bikes, continue to maintain them or alternatively, to know what to ask for from our fine selection of professional bike repair services in the region.

Thanks Craig,

Todd

Victoria B.C.

October 12th, 2010

I took this course at Missing Links School a couple of years ago and I now do all my own repairs and bi-annual maintenance, keeping my bike running smoother and in better condition, no more annoying clicking in the bottom bracket or tires. It has given me greater confidence and has come in very handy on extended cycling tours, to fix a problem with my bike or a friends. I may not be as fast as the bike shop, but I know it was done right, and if not I am not afraid to take it apart and try again.

Craig's teaching style and knowledge made the course enjoyable and informative.  The help and patience Craig demonstrated with each of the students made us all feel comfortable and allowed us to learn at our own pace.  The course was well worth it, the hand Book is excellent and highly recommended.  The money I have saved on repairs has allowed me to buy the proper tools from Missing Links, and even take a refresher course. Craig's help and knowledge has ensured I got the right tool and parts for my needs.  

Thanks Craig

Kevin

Victoria B.C.

March 16th, 2012

 I truly enjoyed the course and the evenings spent learning more about my bike and how it ticks.  I feel more confident in basic and intermediate types of maintenance and I feel like I've gained knowledge that helps me to make on-the-fly repairs when I'm out riding.  Highly recommended course!!

Take care,

Tyler

Victoria B.C.

January 12th, 2011

I participated in the 21 hour Bicycle maintenance course and found it enjoyable, informative and very useful.  Bringing your own bicycle to the workshop and fine tuning it was really an added bonus.  I highly recommend this course to anyone who takes pride in their bicycle(s).

Vern Olson (74 year old cyclist)

Victoria B.C.

November 28th, 2009

CynthiaHawai'i

This photo was taken at Halema'uma'u Crater at the south end of Kona (the Big Island of Hawai'i) after a 4,000-foot climb from the  black-sand beach at Punalu'u, fuelled by Macadamia nuts and Hawai'ian chocolate-the only things worth eating on the Big Island other than the fresh fish served on top of salad that you can sometimes find if you're lucky.

"Tomorrow" we run into a storm bearing 48" of rain.

I don't always ride in places like the Chihuahuan Desert; most of the time I'm grinding back and forth commuting to work. I read somewhere that, for women over 50, the average amount of exercise  we get every day vigorous enough to make us puff is ZERO minutes. Ladies, live like you mean it - get yourself a bike and wear it out.

Cynthia

Victoria B.C.

November 27th, 2009

CynthiaNew Mexico

This photo was taken in May 2006 just south of Taos, New Mexico, on the east side of the headwaters of the Rio Grande. 

I had rafted the river the day before, and ridden over the mountains in the background  the week before. Three mountain ranges and 600 miles in 21 days, thru desert, pine forest, canyons, and vast open grasslands, past Spanish churches, turquoise mines, and towns straight out of the Wild West; fuelled by atole, sopiapillas, and green chilles.
 
Cynthia

Victoria B.C.