Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-20-10, 01:00 PM   #1
swapmeet
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Becoming a mechanic...

I was wondering how some of the mechanics on here got their start.I was recently laid off but have always worked on my own bikes,friends bikes,bike flipping as a hobby,etc.,but never considered it as a possible career direction until now.Though I have no bike shop experience,I have the mechanical inclination and many of the basics that I have learned from previous jobs (welding,using tools at every job I've ever had).So I was wondering if any of the mechanics on here had any suggestions for someone considering bicycle mechanic as a possible path? Is UBI a good option? Book suggestions?Any help is appreciated.
swapmeet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-10, 02:07 PM   #2
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 22,148
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1130 Post(s)
Go into automotive and diesel mechanics , you may be able to raise a family on that. Bike shops don't pay squat.
fietsbob is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-10, 02:30 PM   #3
hamanu23
Learning to Roll
 
hamanu23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: or
Bikes: 72 Centurion rolled molly steel road bike
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by swapmeet View Post
I was wondering how some of the mechanics on here got their start.I was recently laid off but have always worked on my own bikes,friends bikes,bike flipping as a hobby,etc.,but never considered it as a possible career direction until now.Though I have no bike shop experience,I have the mechanical inclination and many of the basics that I have learned from previous jobs (welding,using tools at every job I've ever had).So I was wondering if any of the mechanics on here had any suggestions for someone considering bicycle mechanic as a possible path? Is UBI a good option? Book suggestions?Any help is appreciated.
Yup owner is the only way to make it pay.
hamanu23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-10, 04:22 PM   #4
reptilezs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: boston, ma
Bikes:
Posts: 2,852
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you will think you know a lot now but working on your own stuff and working in a shop is different. all i can say is send in lots of apps to shops and hope someone give you a chance. here in boston the season is ending so no chance of hiring until feb/march. you will start off assembling bikes plus tune up most likely. do quality work when you assemble these bikes, show pride in your work. do it fast and efficient show them you can make them money. new bikes are much easier to work on than dirty ones. you will learn a lot about work flow and efficiency when doing them.
reptilezs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-10, 04:38 PM   #5
hamanu23
Learning to Roll
 
hamanu23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: or
Bikes: 72 Centurion rolled molly steel road bike
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
you will think you know a lot now but working on your own stuff and working in a shop is different. all i can say is send in lots of apps to shops and hope someone give you a chance. here in boston the season is ending so no chance of hiring until feb/march. you will start off assembling bikes plus tune up most likely. do quality work when you assemble these bikes, show pride in your work. do it fast and efficient show them you can make them money. new bikes are much easier to work on than dirty ones. you will learn a lot about work flow and efficiency when doing them.
edit*

Last edited by hamanu23; 09-20-10 at 04:42 PM. Reason: my comment was redundant
hamanu23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-10, 05:57 PM   #6
dahut
Ridin' South Cackalacky
 
dahut's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 1,918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Start selling Asian bikes-in-a-box on the internet. That is where the money is.
dahut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-10, 07:45 AM   #7
kingsting
Bicycle Repairman
 
kingsting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Land of Three Mile Island
Bikes: Many
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do it part-time or as a fill in until you can get a better job.

Bike shops = low pay and long hours in the peak season. Saturdays and evening hours are usually mandatory. Forget about any time off as most shops are understaffed. If you think you're going to be a mechanic that gets to hide in the back and work on bikes all day, think again. You'll be answering the phone and manning the sales floor as well and if the shop does fitness equipment, expect to do service calls, deliveries, and maintenance on that as well.

Customers are another kettle of fish and I'll let someone else chime in on that - as we get alllll kinds. Everything from the nicest people in the world that just want to buy a new high end bike to pain in the @sses that are angry because it's going to cost $200.00 to fix their Wal-Goose that their kid trashed in a few weeks - and everything in between. Maybe we need a "Customers suck" sticky thread...

The job can be quite enjoyable in spite of all this. I do it because I like the people I work for, I like working on bikes, and most of the customers are good people. The discounts on bike goodies is an added bonus. It's a fun job in small doses but when it turns into 45-50 hours a week, the fun factor disappears pretty quick.
kingsting is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:11 PM.