So this coming fall I'm starting a small bike repair "business" at my university. Since I couldn't find a bike shop job this summer, I thought that this would be the next best (or even better) thing. So, I made up a poster, price menu, talked to a couple local shops about cable and tube discounts in return for references (not sure that they're completely thrilled about it, but whatever) and am in the process of buying some more tools to run this thing smoothly. So, bikeforum community, I want to pick your brains on what you think of this, what advice you may have for me as a self-taught (aka mediocre) mechanic regarding repairs, dealing with customers, prices. Any shop mechanics out there? Any entrepreneurs on here? I'd love to hear from you (and I'd love to get a co-op too!)
Check out my ad...
(I have a non-risqué version too, don't worry)
and price "menu"