Bicycle Repairers

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Also known as:
Bicycle Mechanic, Bicycle Repairer, Bicycle Service Technician, Bike Mechanic

ABOUT BICYCLE REPAIRER CAREERS
Video transcript

Bicycles have always been reassuringly simple machines. Because their operations are clearly visible to the human eye, it is easy to see how they work. What is does require is an ability to use hand tools to repair, adjust, and lubricate bicycles of many different designs. This requires experience as well as skill, and several months of on-the-job training are usually required to become a competent bicycle repairer.

Who hires bicycle repairers? Messenger companies, tourist resorts, professional race teams, sports shops, and just about any organization that rents or sells bicycles.

Bicycle sales have been booming in recent years as many adults have discovered the bicycling is an excellent form of exercise. Sooner or later, however, these bikes will all need a repair or adjustment.

There are no formal educational requirements to repair bicycles, so for people who enjoy working with their hands and love bikes, this could be the right job.

SNAPSHOT
Repair and service bicycles.
Leadership
MED
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Build wheels by cutting and threading new spokes.

Shape replacement parts, using bench grinders.

Sell bicycles and accessories.

Help customers select bicycles that fit their body sizes and intended bicycle uses.

Disassemble axles to repair, adjust, and replace defective parts, using hand tools.

Install and adjust speed and gear mechanisms.

Install new tires and tubes.

Assemble new bicycles.

Install and adjust brakes and brake pads.

Clean and lubricate bicycle parts.

Install, repair, and replace equipment or accessories, such as handlebars, stands, lights, and seats.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Selling or Influencing Others Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
TOP SKILLS
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.