I know there's got to be more out there! I thought it might be nice to start a thread to introduce yourself, converse, vent, etc. I've been working as a mechanic for 3 years now and I've become well aware at how exceptional, lonely, gratifying, frustrating, etc. it can be working in an otherwise "manly" profession.
So maybe some questions to start off:
How old are you and where are you located?
How long have you been a mechanic?
Employed or a self-proclaimed grease monkey?
What level of mechanic would you place yourself at (i.e beginner, intermediate, advanced).
Are you a mountain biker, cyclist, or something in between?
What are your current rides?
Favorite part about being a mechanic?
Least Favorite part about being a mechanic?
Feel free to add questions you would like to ask too!
I guess I should start off by answering my own questions...
How old are you and where are you located? I'm 25 and located in the SF bay area.
How long have you been a mechanic? About 3 years.
Employed or a self-proclaimed grease monkey? Employed.
What level of mechanic would you place yourself at (i.e beginner, intermediate, advanced)? Advanced.
Are you a mountain biker, cyclist, or something in between? Both! I started off much more of a mountain biker but lately I have found a love for the wide open roads.
What are your current rides? I have a frakenbike Marin as my MTB. Honestly, it's a bit of a beater at this point. However, my new love is my Soma ES I built up recently.
Favorite part about being a mechanic, and not so favorite part? Being able to learn everything there is to know about something I am so passionate about has been absolutely awesome. Building up and repairing bikes is something I know I will never get bored of. I also love educating others, especially other women, on bike mechanics and showing them that being a female is by no means a handicap.
Least favorite part about being a mechanic I was very unaware until I started this job, but unfortunately there is still a surprising number of people that don't believe women can adequately understand mechanics. Honestly it use to piss me off quite a bit, and it still does but I've become more accustomed to it for the sake of not allowing their crappy attitude from dampening all the enjoyment I do get out of my job.