Bicycle mechanic

Bicycle mechanic

“Building, repairing and servicing all kinds of bicycles”

Cycling is on the increase as a means of transport and as a leisure activity, with an increasing range of bicycles on offer—some with complex technology, making it an exciting and varied industry to work in. When a bicycle is brought in for repair or service or when an ‘in-house’ bicycle needs to be built, rebuilt or repaired, you’ll run diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the problem, and then take the necessary steps to fix it. When parts aren’t available to hand, you’ll instigate the order for them to be obtained from a distributor or manufacturer. Sometimes bicycle repairs can be as simple as replacing cables or tyres, but sometimes they can require more complicated procedures such as adjusting a frame or repairing brakes and gears. You may also build bicycles or wheels from scratch. Whether a repair or build, you’ll then need to complete safety checks. This role may involve interaction with customers and completing documentation.

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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