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Bike Mechanic

Mechanic—Tune Ups/Sale Bikes

Time Commitment :

  • One 3-hour shift per week

Reports to : Head mechanic

Works with : Head mechanic

Description of role : Mechanics help perform spot repairs on customer bikes and refurbish bikes for sale. There are shifts during open hours and hours not open to the public.

Primary duties include :

  • Building sale bikes to be sold in the showroom
  • Performing customer spot repairs
  • Ensuring that each bike being sold has received a safety check and a test ride
  • Documenting work done to bikes on the bike’s tag

Secondary duties include :

  • Pricing bikes, wheels, and parts
  • During open shop hours, assisting customers with specialized questions
  • Upkeep and organization of tools and pegboards, including the specialty tool board

Skills Required :

  • Advanced bike mechanics skills
  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures
  • Understanding of bike fit

 

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)
  • Skills Trainings (optional for advanced mechanics)
    • Skills sessions provide knowledge and training about a particular aspect of bike maintenance.  Topics include: tires and tubes, drivetrain cleaning, cables and housing, brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, and others.
  • Shadow with an experienced staff member or volunteer

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Mechanic—Wheels

Time Commitment :

  • One, 3 hour shift per week

Reports to : Shop manager

Works with : Earn-A-Bike participants

Description of role : Wheel Mechanics work on truing, tensioning, dishing, overhauling, and/or building wheels. Wheel Mechanics can also teach bike mechanics to Earn-A-Bike participants as needed.

Primary duties include :

  • Teaching clients, members, and volunteers various aspects of wheels including: truing, dish, overhauling hubs, spokes, and wheel building
  • Upkeep and organization of truing station supplies and tools
  • Making sure all wheels that get hung on hooks are trued and greased, starting with wheels in the showroom

Secondary duties include :

  • Making sure all donated bikes have wheels
  • Making sure all wheels are sorted to the correct location by size

Skills Required :

  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures
  • Intermediate to advanced mechanical skills and strong knowledge of wheels

Training Provided :

  • Volunteer Orientation (required)
  • Skills Trainings (required)
    • Skills sessions provide knowledge and training about a particular aspect of bike maintenance.  Topics include: tires and tubes, drivetrain cleaning, cables and housing, brakes, derailleurs, bottom brackets, and others.  Wheels Mechanics should attend the sessions of wheel truing and hubs or show mastery of these topics.
  • Wheel building lessons and training available upon request
  • Training Outline for Wheels Mechanics

Sign up to be a wheels mechanic here