Bicycle Mechanics

Bicycle mechanics use hand and power tools to repair, service, and assemble all types of bicycles. They may do routine maintenance and tune-ups, or completely rebuild damaged or old bicycles. Bike manufacturers, dealers, retail bike and sporting goods stores, and general merchandise stores may employ bicycle mechanics. The popularity of bicycles and the fact that many riders lack the time to repair their bikes makes for a steady employment outlook for bicycle mechanics. Approximately 10,500 bicycle mechanics work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Use hand and power tools to repair, service, and assemble all types of bicycles
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience At least two years of hands-on training and experience is required to become a thoroughly skilled mechanic
Skills
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Bicycle Repair Shop Manager or Owner
  • Bicycle Mechanic
  • Trainee