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Cycle mechanic Bike mechanic, bicycle technician

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need some knowledge and experience of working with bikes. 

A recognised qualification in cycle maintenance and repair can also help. Cytech have more information on training and accreditation.

You could also be taken on as a trainee mechanic, with an employer paying for your training.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • strong manual skills
  • the ability to recognise faulty equipment and to carry out maintenance and repairs
  • customer service experience
  • attention to detail
  • IT skills for administration and stock control

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £25,000 (head mechanic)

Highly Experienced: £30,000 (manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 35 to 40 hours a week. You may be expected to work shifts including weekends and some evening hours. Some employers will expect you to work overtime.

You’ll usually work indoors in a workshop. If you’re working for a large cycle shop or retail chain, you’ll be part of a team of mechanics. You may also work for an online bike retailer, building new bikes for customers on your own in a workshop.

The work can be physically demanding and you’ll usually be on your feet. 

You’ll be using various tools and chemicals in this job, like cleaning products and greasing agents. You’ll usually be provided with protective clothing like overalls and eye protection.

6. Career path and progression

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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Last updated: 14 December 2016