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Friday, March 5, 2021

Get Away From It All + Learn How To Fix Bicycles

Tired of COVID?

Wouldn't it be nice to get away from it all and go live in woods, ride bicycles every day and learn how to fix bicycles at a bicycle mechanic school tucked away in a sunny place like Quadra Island, British Columbia?

Well good news.

"Smokey" is currently accepting new bicycle mechanic students for the 2021 season at his Quadra Bicycle Mechanic School in British Columbia.

The good news is that British Columbia's COVID numbers are really low, and they're even lower in regions of the province which are "under populated" like Quadra Island is.

Think of it like a "working vacation" where you learn an useful skill or expand your knowledge.

You will spend 7 to 14 days, 6 hours per day, learning how to fix bicycles in a professional bicycle mechanic shop. There are two courses offered, one for beginners and one for professionals, so whether you are an amateur looking to learn, or someone seeking to become a professional bicycle mechanic Smokey will train you properly.

See the bicycle mechanic course details to learn more.



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hub City Community Cycles looking to hire Bicycle Mechanic


The manager at Hub City Community Cycles, located in 12 Lois Lane, smack in the middle of downtown Nanaimo, is seeking a mechanic for 2021.

Pay rate is $18 per hour plus benefits.

Phone: (250) 591-2159

Note - If you want to save money during your stay in Nanaimo it is actually cheaper to buy a small boat and then row to work every day instead of paying $5 each day for the ferry. Then when the bicycle season is over just sell the boat.

Or if you really like there, why not stay?

Recommend phoning during business hours:

Hours:

Wednesday10a.m.–6p.m.
Thursday10a.m.–6p.m.
Friday10a.m.–6p.m.
Saturday10a.m.–6p.m.
SundayClosed
MondayClosed
Tuesday10a.m.–6p.m.  
 

Friday, June 19, 2020

Fix My Bike at Home Service

Hi!

I recently started a website which is a DoorDash-like service for bike repair. Customers can connect with local mechanics to have their bikes repaired at the comfort of their own home. Our service is called FixMyBike: www.fixmybikeathome.com . We currently operate in Texas and Minnesota but are hoping to expand nationwide.

Is there a way we could work with your blog to get the word out to potential mechanics and customers?

Thanks so much,

Kyle Robinson
FixMyBike
 
 
My Response:
 
Hey Kyle!
 
Sure, I can just copy-paste your email.
 
Why not expand internationally too? Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland would be relatively easy to add and you could add other languages/countries over time.
 
Also I do hope you are allowing bicycle mechanics to set their own rates, since the prices of replacement parts and the minimum wages do vary quite a bit from state to state and country to country. Individual bicycle mechanics may also value their expertise more than others. For example I don't work for anyone for anything less than $30 per hour.
 
The average wage of bicycle mechanics should be raised in my opinion, which oddly enough would increase bicycle sales since some people would look at the cost and just decide to get a new bicycle instead of getting their old bicycle repaired.

Good luck with your business!

Sincerely,
Charles M.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Advertise on the Bicycle Mechanic for $20 per Post

Wait, did you read that correctly?

Yes, just $20 USD to get a blog post on The Bicycle Mechanic.

It isn't a lot, but it is affordable. It is a small blog after all, but growing.

Email lilithgallery@gmail.com to inquire about advertising your guest post on our site.




Sunday, June 14, 2020

Bicycle Mechanic Wanted in Nanaimo

We are looking to hire mechanics, so if [any experienced bicycle mechanics or new training program graduates is] interested in coming to live in Nanaimo, we've got a job for them that could pay up to $18/hr plus full benefits. Thanks for spreading the word.

Jawn

Hub City Cycles Community Co-op
12 Lois Lane
Nanaimo, BC
250-591-2159
Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Stephen Colbert Changes A Bike Inner Tube

Tis a good time of year to fix your bicycle, but it is an even better time to get outside and bicycle on trails where you can avoid the infected corona-zombies.

Stay Safe People!


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Custom Bike Frame Bag

Email received from a colleague/friend:


Mike Gurnham has started a bike pack business.

Can make you a custom frame pack, in custom colours with features or sell you ready-made ones.
 
See his website and support one of our own folks.
www.thiefbikepacking.com


I agree. That is rather an unique product. I probably would have just made one myself for my own bikes, and they would have "looked horrible but works okay". But this. This looks really professional and well made. So Kudos to Mike G.

And because there are a lot of bike frames out there with unusual shapes it makes sense that there is a niche market for custom made bags.

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