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10-30-21, 01:23 AM
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Posted By Darth Lefty

If you have a bike with treaded tires you could...

If you have a bike with treaded tires you could take it up from Aptos Creek Road into Nisene Marks. If that bike also has suspension on the way down you could <REDACTED>

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10-22-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By caloso

When I was getting ready to do Haleakala in Maui,...

When I was getting ready to do Haleakala in Maui, I just told myself it was just Diablo repeats.
10-22-21, 01:10 PM
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Posted By cooki3mnst3r

Mines Road in Livermore is a good climb up to...

Mines Road in Livermore is a good climb up to Lake Del Valle. Alternatively stay left at the for and ride up to Mt.Hamilton.
10-22-21, 10:40 AM
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Posted By lnarachi

When I visited Japan pre-pandemic - I rode the...

When I visited Japan pre-pandemic - I rode the Tokyo Olympics road course - it was a great ride. (I did it in January 2019) - Japan has the smoothest roads - its really great to ride.
10-04-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By TomKing

Found a solution!

Finally got round to fixing my wife’s seat!
I replaced it with a generic round 31.8mm one. It was a bit stiff getting it on at the start, but it fits snugly around the top - the gap at the back...
08-25-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By Pantah

"How do you make a small fortune in the bike...

"How do you make a small fortune in the bike industry?
Start with a large one."

You're generally not going to make piles of money working at a shop, but you can get by for sure. Right before I...
08-25-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By GhostRider62

I had a cycling friend who worked as a mechanic...

I had a cycling friend who worked as a mechanic out there, he lived out of his ford econoline parked behind the shop and cleaned up in the shop's shower.
08-25-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By aliasfox

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was...

When I worked at a couple of shops, there was usually one head mechanic who could do just about everything from fitting a customer to lacing wheels. Then there were usually one or two guys who could...
08-25-21, 01:54 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By jccaclimber

^ I wouldn’t guarantee that. Auto mechanics...

^
I wouldn’t guarantee that. Auto mechanics often get awful pay, especially considering that they typically have to provide their own rather expensive tools.
Machinists in many places ( actually it...
08-24-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By sean.hwy

Glassdoor must be flawed. It shows auto mechanic...

Glassdoor must be flawed. It shows auto mechanic the same as a bike mechanic. The tools and skills is 10x more for the same pay.

...
08-24-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By jccaclimber

Normally Glassdoor under lists compensation for...

Normally Glassdoor under lists compensation for Bay Area positions, but I think this might be one case where selection bias is making it over-report.
I don't want to discourage anyone from following...
08-24-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By DiabloScott

Because bike shops that hire through GlassDoor...

Because bike shops that hire through GlassDoor are the highest paying shops.
I'd bet most LBS mechanics aren't on salary either.
08-24-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cxwrench

I'm sorry, but there is no way in hell the...

I'm sorry, but there is no way in hell the 'average' bicycle mechanic in SF makes $54k. Not a chance.
08-23-21, 11:01 PM
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Posted By afm199

Like I said, there may be four shops in the Bay...

Like I said, there may be four shops in the Bay Area, where I have lived since 1973, that actually pay over $50k. If you're good, and I mean good, you could probably get a job at one. And yes, if ...
08-23-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By mschwett

seems like shops are hiring; at least the ones i...

seems like shops are hiring; at least the ones i frequent tend to have "experienced mechanic wanted," or "reduced hours due to not having enough experienced mechanics" or "sorry we can only work on...
08-23-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cxwrench

Holy wall-of-text batman...talk about TL;DR!

Holy wall-of-text batman...talk about TL;DR!
08-23-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By afm199

There are lots of enthusiastic cyclists here in...

There are lots of enthusiastic cyclists here in the Bay Area, and lots looking for work. I'd count on the lower range. There are probably three or four really good shops here where you might get...
08-23-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By icemilkcoffee

At some point all those e-bikes will need their...

At some point all those e-bikes will need their batteries replaced. Get in on the ground floor and start figuring out how to do that.
08-22-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By Vintage Schwinn

https://sfist.com/2021/07/03/minimum-wage-just-wen...

https://sfist.com/2021/07/03/minimum-wage-just-went-up-in-san-francisco-but-is-it-enough/

You should consider setting your sights higher. I do get it that you love working with bicycles, but...
08-22-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By cxwrench

Good luck finding a place remotely close to the...

Good luck finding a place remotely close to the central bay area that you can afford on $19.00/hr. Unless you've got roommates, live in a closet, or have a significant other that makes good money.
08-21-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By jccaclimber

Just backing this out, $400 at 2 hours of actual...

Just backing this out, $400 at 2 hours of actual fitting, 20 minutes of answering questions to random people for every actual fit, two 20 minute follow up conversations per fit. Aim really high and...
08-21-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By 2old

Local fitters charge $400 or so for a couple of...

Local fitters charge $400 or so for a couple of hours work. They can "survive" if there's enough demand.
08-21-21, 06:10 AM
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Posted By dedhed

Charge or "make"?

Charge or "make"?
08-20-21, 06:46 PM
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Posted By sean.hwy

At least per hour. Seems like bike fitters make...

At least per hour. Seems like bike fitters make over $100 an hour if not more vs bike mechanic I guess $15 to $20 an hour.
08-20-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

I suspect most shop fitters also do a lot of...

I suspect most shop fitters also do a lot of other work. Sales, wrenching, ownership... This is the case in the last 3 shops I've been in that had fitting as a service. I will also speculate that...
08-20-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By icemilkcoffee

I could be wrong, but I think the highest income...

I could be wrong, but I think the highest income job at the bike shop is the bike fitter.
If you ski, you would know how important the boot fitter is, especially when you get older. I see a parallel...
08-20-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

And this is pretty much what every entry level...

And this is pretty much what every entry level position in a LBS is anywhere in the country. I learned one sure fire way to be able to remain in the LBS world as a worker is to have a smart and well...
08-20-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By dedhed

The salary range in SF is probably Poverty to Low...

The salary range in SF is probably Poverty to Low income
08-20-21, 04:05 AM
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Posted By sean.hwy

If you ever found out please share.

If you ever found out please share.
08-19-21, 11:48 AM
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Views: 2,156
Posted By zandoval

My BAD!!! I was wrong on the data source. I found...

My BAD!!! I was wrong on the data source. I found the data listed under a data table labeled MUTA when doing a search with The Bureau of Labor Statistics. I then looked up MUTA and assumed it was the...
08-19-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

(20+) World Bicycle Mechanic Forum | Groups |...

(20+) World Bicycle Mechanic Forum | Groups | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/AoPBM/?multi_permalinks=4348430038528069) Andy
08-18-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By zandoval

Income for Bicycle shop workers overall is not...

Income for Bicycle shop workers overall is not high in the USA. Or for that matter in Europe either; however, a bike shop mechanic in Europe certainly has allot more respect than in the states. MUTA...
08-18-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By cxwrench

You have minimal experience so I wouldn't expect...

You have minimal experience so I wouldn't expect much. Where in the bay are you thinking about? If you want hard numbers send me a DM.
08-18-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By rydabent

With the price of housing in the greater SF area...

With the price of housing in the greater SF area it would have to be really high to be able to afford to live there. If you were only paid minimum wage, you would have to live in a tent in Golden...
08-18-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By squirtdad

Have no idea....but would not be surprised if it...

Have no idea....but would not be surprised if it is minimum wage or close

here are some links to bay area shops with opening

https://mikesbikes.com/pages/careers

no positions listed but...
08-18-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,156
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

No direct info about the S Cal retail service...

No direct info about the S Cal retail service world but n ad looking for only 3 years (or less) experience says to me an entry level position. The shop is likely trying to filter out all the wanna...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By PeteHski

I agree with this. I can't say I've ever...

I agree with this.

I can't say I've ever been passed by a cyclist walking their bike up a hill either on or off-road. I've had runners go by me on really steep hills, but they don't have a bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By Chandne

Well, I have mountain biked up some 20% grades...

Well, I have mountain biked up some 20% grades and it is simply easier/faster for me to walk the darn slope. There is not enough weight over the front there though and the ground is pretty loose on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By HTupolev

If you're geared appropriately, that's highly...

If you're geared appropriately, that's highly unlikely. People tend to visualize "walking speed" as whatever their brisk walk is in day-to-day life, but walking speeds that are trivial when...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 10:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By LarrySellerz

yeah tripples are super underrated. People laugh...

yeah tripples are super underrated. People laugh at the granny gear but it really saves the day when you need it to, like if youre injured or just want to spin up a hill. OP 4 extra teeth is very...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By Symox

Granted I ride 11-28 with a triple…

So I actually have 50/34/30 up front

what I have found going from a cassette with lowest gears of 23,25 and 28 is that I always find a use for the easier gear. It could be I’m getting back in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By Chandne

10%-20% grades for two hours. Damn...you guys...

10%-20% grades for two hours. Damn...you guys are gluttons for serious pain. That is, like a poster said, why they invented e-bikes. I'll be faster walking my bike up that. But yes...34, if not...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Exactly. You are there to provide guidance, not...

Exactly. You are there to provide guidance, not competition.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By GhostRider62

But they are not 40-120 minutes long. Those are...

But they are not 40-120 minutes long. Those are short hills

Extended climbs of that duration over 15% are exceedingly rare.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By CAT7RDR

From a business sense, it makes perfect sense to...

From a business sense, it makes perfect sense to preserve your legs and be proactive in preventing overuse injuries.
It is worth investing in a GRX 46-30 crankset and even an 11-34 cassette to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By Koyote

Come to Pittsburgh. The steepest paved road maxes...

Come to Pittsburgh. The steepest paved road maxes out at 37% grade.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Dozen_(bicycle_competition)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 01:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By znomit

Oh heck, if doing that for work every day, get an...

Oh heck, if doing that for work every day, get an ebike. There's no shame.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 12:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By Cyclist0108

The 46/30T I am using now is Shimano's GRX, and...

The 46/30T I am using now is Shimano's GRX, and here it costs US$150. The chainline is 3mm further out than my Ultegra 50/34, but the Ultegra front derailleur handles it fine. (The GRX mechanical...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By N2deep

Have you considered a sub compact, 48/32 or...

Have you considered a sub compact, 48/32 or 46/30, chain rings? Absolute black sells a set the will fit on ultegra 6800 and better that work great in the hills. The rings are ovals but work great.....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,355
Posted By 79pmooney

Somewhat random thoughts from a guy who loves to...

Somewhat random thoughts from a guy who loves to climb. More than one cassette is always good. Might even be worthwhile to have a second wheel to put it on. I am a huge fan of triples, variations...
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