In part - but I think 'old fashioned' is being sent to the machine shop when you're 10yo on the weekends and after school to help your Dad or Granddad. Sweeping the floor, cleaning the equipment and if you're really lucky, they might let you deburr some parts or wind some magnetos. Torchwork is something that requires alot of practice, though, and it's not something that comes easily (or at all) to many people. But there are many other parts of the craft that are important along with the basic skills of math, drafting, physics, etc - and equally important these days, CAD / CAM and Composites.LOL. Is frame-building not something you learn by finding an old BMX frame, and adding bits to it, when you are a teenager, then slowly progressing up to joining, lathing, designing, etc?
Call me old fashioned...
Your example is literally a romanticised version of what I wrote
Sounds like pretty standard practice in Japan. Like my local LBS who saidI did notice they demand potential mechanic students to purchase one of several bikes. WTF is that!??
LBS: laughable business scheme?Sounds like pretty standard practice in Japan. Like my local LBS who said
1) I can't ride with/join their team
2) I can't get any maintenance done.
3) they won't order a power meter for me
Unless I bought a bike from them. Its kind of a running joke now. I keep asking and they keep telling me I need to buy abike from them.