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Old 03-10-11, 02:51 PM   #1
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Mobile bicycle mechanics who truck to you

About those mobile bike mechanics who come to your residence or workplace and perform tuneups, rebuilds, etc, etc.

When the jobs done do you tip 'em or not???
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Old 03-10-11, 03:01 PM   #2
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If you already pay them, why would you tip them?
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Old 03-10-11, 03:04 PM   #3
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You could if you like.
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Pay? You mean all these years I've gone to friends houses to perform tune ups I could have been paid?
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Not really a valid point, unless you expect your friends to tip. If you are doing a favour for a friend then that is one thing. If you are paying someone to come to your house and service your bike, they will charge you what they think is a fair rate, why would you tip them for just doing their job?

Never understood tipping....
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Assuming they're owner operated, no tip. If they're just working stiffs it's up to you. There's certainly no obligation or expectation of a tip, so in this case it's a true tip, and you should only do so it they went above and beyond.

IMO tipping has gotten ridiculous in the USA, and the whole country has turned into las Vegas with everybody having their hand out for a tip. I'm a fan of what's done in many other countries where tips are nominal extra sums for extra special service. When workers come to my home, I'll be a decent host and give them a beer or soda, and it they do above par for the job I'll tip.
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Worked in a shop for crap wages, myself .. . i did Tip the Pizza Guy..
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If you look up the word "CHEAP" in the dictionary you will see a picture of me. When I go to the LBS for advice I buy something. When someone does a job for me that is above and beyond the call of duty I TIP.
I brought an old truck to a mechanic shop years ago. I had replaced the engine and couldn't get it to run right. The mechanic who did the work not only got it running but cleaned it, loomed all the wires and vacuum lines. I tipped him.
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Tell me....Can you make any money doing this?
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Tell me....Can you make any money doing this?
Depends on what you call money. But short answer is Yes. I know a number of mechanics earning much more this way than they would as employees in bike shops, and some earn comparable sums to folks with similar skill sets in other industries.

So yes you can make money doing this, but it isn't assured.
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Here's a guy doing so in the SF bay area. I've never used the person, but one LBS was recommending him during their busy season of repair/tuneups.

http://thebikedoctor.net/

I thought he sold a book on how to go into the same business, but do not see it on the website today...
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Assuming they're owner operated, no tip. If they're just working stiffs it's up to you. There's certainly no obligation or expectation of a tip, so in this case it's a true tip, and you should only do so it they went above and beyond.

IMO tipping has gotten ridiculous in the USA, and the whole country has turned into las Vegas with everybody having their hand out for a tip. I'm a fan of what's done in many other countries where tips are nominal extra sums for extra special service. When workers come to my home, I'll be a decent host and give them a beer or soda, and it they do above par for the job I'll tip.
Most other countries require those employees to be paid the same minimum as everyone else, while in many states, for example, waiters can be paid as little as $2.50 an hour.
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Most other countries require those employees to be paid the same minimum as everyone else, while in many states, for example, waiters can be paid as little as $2.50 an hour.
Not sure I get your point. The logic behind the lower minimum wage for waiters is that tips count toward the wage. So in essence it isn't a tip but a commission putting waiters in the same class legally as commissioned salesmen.

I think we basically agree.Tipping is OK, but it shouldn't be a semi-mandatory payment. BTW- in some countries certain workers don't accept tips, in others they're insulted. I spend a lot of time in Mexico and the no mandatory tip culture is so refreshing. Most workers don't get tips including cabbies and waiters. If a waiter does a great job, you leave him a few pesos as a thank you, but it isn't expected. Just about the only people you tip are those who work exclusively for tips like the bicicleros (cycle truck drivers) who ferry people, freight and luggage short distances in places like ferry and bus terminals.
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About those mobile bike mechanics who come to your residence or workplace and perform tuneups, rebuilds, etc, etc.

When the jobs done do you tip 'em or not???
Depends. If the guy owns the business, then I would say probably not. If the guy is an employee, then tip if he did a good job.
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