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Old 02-03-09, 07:45 PM
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Any Mechanics car free?

Well i'm studying to become a Diesel Mechanic here in Houston, Texas. I should be done with school later this year and really want to move some where in northern California. I really canít wait to ditch my truck! I lived car free for about 2 years but school is 20+ miles but I am really looking forward to getting back to my old life style. Is it possible to be in this field of work and not own a vehicle? What about moving your tools and what have you?
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Old 02-04-09, 01:57 AM
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The one carpenter I know has his house in a dreadful shape; after eight hours of building houses, he just doesn't want to even look at a carpentry tool.
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Well i'm studying to become a Diesel Mechanic here in Houston, Texas. I should be done with school later this year and really want to move some where in northern California. I really canít wait to ditch my truck! I lived car free for about 2 years but school is 20+ miles but I am really looking forward to getting back to my old life style. Is it possible to be in this field of work and not own a vehicle? What about moving your tools and what have you?
Yes it could be possible. You can transport a lot of weight (tools) with a Bike at Works trailer. A lot will depend on the location of your jobsite vs where you end up living. Many equipment rental companies hire mechanics, but they have to travel using company trucks. One of the diesel mechanics at my local Ford dealer commutes by BMW motorcycle. The last time I spoke with him I found out that it is his only transportation, he doesn't own a car or truck.

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Look for diesel repair.

Rural places use farm equipment.
Urban places trucks
Should have shops, and Co. vehicles you use.
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My best man, who was previously my roommate used to be a mechanic in the Northrop motor pool. He had a large roll-away tool chest there. He commuted on his Kawasaki Z1 motorcycle. If he needed to bring the tools home, he could always find a truck for that odd trip.
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I've been an automobile mechanic for years - first ASE certified in brakes & suspensions in '87. I never thought about the "car-free" thing then, as I had just my high-end Klein racer, and a beater car. No way I'd hop on my racing bike and go get groceries, and back then the divide between roadies and mountain bikers or even practical bikers was pretty crisp and clear anyway...

Now I do commute and grocery-get on my Giant MTB, and also have a nice road bike that I have been working over this winter. At the shop I do get comments and laughs about how odd it is to be a mechanic who doesn't drive.
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If you need to move your roll-away,call a flatbed tow truck if you don't have someone to get a truck from.My mechanics have done that over the years when their roll-away gets to big.
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If you need to move your roll-away,call a flatbed tow truck if you don't have someone to get a truck from.My mechanics have done that over the years when their roll-away gets to big.
Wonder if a AAA membership would work

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thanks all,

you have been alot of help!

i just started riding to work on the weekends and its great to get back on my Novara Randonee its about 6 miles one way. Feels good to ride again!


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thanks all,

you have been alot of help!

i just started riding to work on the weekends and its great to get back on my Novara Randonee its about 6 miles one way. Feels good to ride again!


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Hey Steve...just noticed your forum name...that wouldn't happen to be Triumph TR4's would it?

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