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Old 12-01-14, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
Well I thought I was pretty upbeat when I was talking to her. I told her I was an avid cyclist and ride all time. She asked what kind of bike I have and I told her the allez and she asked when I rode the last time and I told her last week and the ride wax 50 miles. She sounded ho hum about it.
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Oh OK, so that was the fatal mistake, maybe I should have mentioned the one month tour of Florida I did a few years ago.
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Well it is only a holiday weekend for some, I worked all weekend.
I will ride over there, I couple hours ride, I'll were my nicest jersey.☺
50 miles ... last week ... doesn't sound all that much or that frequent. If you rode 5 days last week with rides ranging from 20-50 miles, that might be a different thing.

If your 1-month tour of Florida was more than 5 years ago, it's not current enough.

Yes, ride there. Indicate your continued interest in the position. Show off your bicycle. Does that Performance have a cycling club? Do they offer cycling classes of various sorts? If so ... participate.


Incidentally, was this an advertised position? If not, it is a bit late for them to hire pt Christmas staff. Most retail places are fully staffed for Christmas by early October.

And ... just a quick observation, I hope you ran spell-check on your application.
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Old 12-02-14, 04:24 AM
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Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
Try an LBS but in all honesty, hiring at this point in the year is pretty much a no go unless your top mechanic just bailed and you're looking to replace her with another equally top mechanic. You're far more likely to get hired on as the season starts, usually March-ish. That's when shops need people and sometimes, just being alive is enough.

It's likely that Performance is trying to replace a valued employee and so that experience is incredibly important. Again, start handing out resumes to other shops and hit them again around March. Show your value through the season and they may keep you around through the winter.

This advice is coming from a year round bike shop employee.
This is the start of the season here in Florida.
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Old 12-02-14, 04:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
Wouldn't you try to work at a smaller shop first?
That would be fine, but I answered to an ad on craigslist.
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Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
This is the start of the season here in Florida.
For some reason I thought you were in Indiana. Applying for a job is certainly not a waste, regardless of whether you get the job or not.
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I don't think it's legal for a corporate bike shop like Performance to allow you to work for free for a day. If it's a long-term interest to get a P/T job in a bike shop it's good to take wrench classes or do volunteer work where you can learn wrenching. I volunteer at a non-profit bike shop that has a lot of community programs, but does sell new, used, and special order bikes and parts. If you don't have a place like this in your community, then look for classes or some kind of bike-related program or fundraiser ride (there are volunteer wrenchers at a lot of these), where you can at least get your foot in the door and gain some experience.
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Old 12-02-14, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Maybe if you spend Money taking a course at a Bike mechanics school ..
Most shops still prefer experience as a mechanic before inexperience plus a bike school certificate.

Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
...hiring at this point in the year is pretty much a no go...
Florida -- this is their bike season, like Summer in Northern states.

Could be that they already did their winter hiring. Could be they were looking for someone more sales/mechanics, with mechanic experience, than just straight sales.

Who knows, but OP, be persistent...
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