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Old 08-11-07, 12:26 PM   #1
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How hard would it be to get a job at my LBS.

I am the age in which I should be finding a job to pay for gas and stuff. Nothing intrests me though except working at my LBS. I've been MTBing for about 2 years and have some experience in adjusting and reparing things on my bike. Is that good enough or do I need something else. Thanks.
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Old 08-11-07, 12:27 PM   #2
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That's probably a question for your LBS.
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Around my hometown, you just need an elitist attitude and the ability to say "nope...we don't have that" when customers request a specific part.
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Working at the local bike shop is the perfect way to learn more and more info, meet great people and get the skills needed to really advance in knowledge. In 30 years,you'll be glad you did.
Right now, this sure beats the hell out of Mcdonalds, and remember biking stays with you for life.
What you learn now, will help you in the future. If you trully love fixing bikes, than you should go for it!
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You will be a shop rat, but thats how you learn
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There is a collage course for it somewhere...
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There is a collage course for it somewhere...
Cool, would I have to go to a college to take it?
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Hey man, I started working in a bike shop a year ago when I was 16, I knew how to change tires, adjust brakes and stuff (sorta) but really nothing complicated. I got started building bikes from boxes, just like assembly, and then progressed to doing basic mechanical things, then tune-ups, etc. You learn as you go. Getting a job is kind of hard as it is a fun place to work and alot of people have the ability to do it.
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Go get that job!

There are a lot of things I regret not doing while I was "young". One is having a steady job while in High School, working with something that interested me. I had summer jobs, but wasted all my free time after school f'ing off and doing nothing productive. OK, so that was fun too...but it didn't teach me anything.
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Yea I will probably go and ask the guys at the shop soon. I just didnt know if you had to be a pro or anything to get a job at the lbs.
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If you are mechanically capable of repairing bikes and can diagnose where there are small sounds coming from and are willing to start out at the bottom and work your way to becoming a wrench, then it will be easier to get that job position. It just depends on if the shop is looking for new employees.
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Old 08-11-07, 10:43 PM   #12
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i just got a job!

the lbs I bought my jamis dragon pro and they saw me adjusting brakes rear derauiller, and flip flooping my stem. The owner said you seem to know your stuff, do you want a job? Man, my face it up, so I started today and it's a really good experience.
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Working at the local bike shop is the perfect way to learn more and more info, meet great people and get the skills needed to really advance in knowledge. In 30 years,you'll be glad you did.
Right now, this sure beats the hell out of Mcdonalds, and remember biking stays with you for life.
What you learn now, will help you in the future. If you trully love fixing bikes, than you should go for it!
I'll never forget my first bike shop, (Gary King's, Anchorage, Alaska,1978-79)
wow lol that's way back. i don't think that place even exists up here anymore
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