Bicycle mechanics conduct repairs on bicycles for customers. These mechanics generally must have prior experience in repairing bikes, and they should have the ability to repair a wide variety of bike brands; this includes being knowledgeable in lacing, truing, and dishing of bike wheels. No certifications are required for this position, though many employers require or prefer a high school diploma or equivalent. As this job often involves working directly with clients, prior customer service experience is often highly preferred. On a typical day, bicycle mechanics work with heavy and light bicycles, and they are standing, squatting, and moving to repair bikes for the majority of the day These mechanics should also be able to lift bikes weighing up to 50 pounds. Bicycle mechanics are also expected to be able to expertly work with large and small tools and bike parts.
Bicycle mechanics should be friendly, helpful, and able to work well with other employees in their organization. Additionally, they must answer all customer questions in a thoughtful and friendly manner. Light paperwork is also part of the job, so applicants must have a strong attention to detail and written communication skills. Bicycle mechanics may work in an indoor and/or outdoor environment. Their hours may vary depending on their employers' needs and the hours their organization is open to the public.
Bicycle Mechanic Tasks
Conduct bike maintenance and work with customers to explain bike care.
Troubleshoot and test bicycles, ensuring safety.
Update inventory, service orders, part orders, and bicycle status logs.
Inspect, assemble, take apart, repair, and replace parts on bicycles.
Assemble and maintain demonstration and/or rental bicycles.