- 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.