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How to Become a Bicycle Mechanic

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Bicycle mechanics repair worn or damaged bikes for customers at bicycle or sporting goods stores and also for bike manufacturers. Some bicycle mechanics assemble new bikes for sale at department stores, bike manufacturing warehouses or bicycle and sporting goods shops. Being an avid cyclist is not a requirement but will certainly make you more knowledgeable about how bicycles work, mechanical problems and customer needs, as well as contribute to job satisfaction.

Take several high school courses that relate to this position, if possible. Suggested courses include math, technology, business and management and automotive tech.

Enroll in a technical school that provides training in this field. Local bicycle shops or continuing education programs sometimes offer courses in bike repair. This is a good way to get started. If you think you’d like to start your own bicycle repair business or own your own shop, business and marketing courses are highly recommended. You can also get a mechanic's certificate from USA Cycling.

Find a job as a clerk at a bicycle shop. Many bicycle mechanics enter the field by starting out as shop clerks to learn the business, then training with the other mechanics.

Obtain on-the-job training. There are no formal requirements to become a bicycle mechanic, although employers usually prefer to hire applicants who have a high school diploma. The best way to enter this career is often through on-the-job training.

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