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Cycle mechanic

Cycle mechanics build, repair and service all kinds of bikes.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £30,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

42 to 44 a week

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • building a bike from scratch to a customer’s specification
  • identifying problems with a bike and discussing solutions with the customer
  • estimating the cost of repairs and giving quotes
  • carrying out a bike service and safety check
  • carrying out repairs and replacing parts
  • cleaning, degreasing and lubricating bike parts
  • giving advice to customers
  • ordering bike parts and keeping a log of stock
  • taking bookings for repairs and processing paperwork
  • liaising with suppliers and dealers
  • attending cycling events to provide repairs and technical support

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a workshop or at a store.

With experience, you could progress to a large organisation like British Cycling, who employ specialist mechanics working for the British racing team.

With 3 to 5 years’ experience you could progress to head mechanic.

You could also become self-employed and set up a mobile bike mechanic business, or open your own shop. The Cycling Experts have more information on setting up a bike shop.

As an experienced and qualified cycle mechanic you could also move into teaching other mechanics.

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