Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ohio's Cycling Capital, America's North Coast.
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Get a job in sales for the winter, like at a mega sporting goods store. Once you have some sales experience, learn the products of the bike shop and have it with the above methods.
I may be dead wrong in my opinion, but there are three kinds of LBS:
1: Older man, has owned the shop for many years, does not need help because he is comfortable.
2: Young guys who love bikes. They eat, sleep, dream, and eat bikes (ya, 2X). They have no idea how to run a business and thus can't afford to hire anyone. Nice guys to ride with.
3. A professional bike store complete with an president with a business plan. This fellow is a go getter and does not ride much because he is to busy running a business.
I would want to work with number three, and my odds of getting a job there are better than owner One and Two, if for nothing more than they have a turn around in employees. But to work for number three you must have experieince in order to justify your hire.
Hope this helps if the other don't first.