Career summary

Details for Bicycle Repairers


Description

Repair and service bicycles.

Tasks

  • Install and adjust brakes and brake pads.
  • Help customers select bicycles that fit their body sizes and intended bicycle uses.
  • Align wheels.
  • Assemble new bicycles.
  • Sell bicycles and accessories.
  • Install, repair, and replace equipment or accessories, such as handlebars, stands, lights, and seats.
  • Install new tires and tubes.
  • Install and adjust speed and gear mechanisms.
  • Clean and lubricate bicycle parts.
  • Order bicycle parts.
  • Disassemble axles to repair, adjust, and replace defective parts, using hand tools.
  • Build wheels by cutting and threading new spokes.
  • Shape replacement parts, using bench grinders.
  • Paint bicycle frames, using spray guns or brushes.
  • Repair holes in tire tubes, using scrapers and patches.
  • Weld broken or cracked frames together, using oxyacetylene torches and welding rods.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

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