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How many bike shop workers plus ex on here ????
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Author:  greenstiles [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:46 am ]
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Just wondered............maybe it might might be useful to know just in case of jobs offered or getting together to start shops or advice...etc etc.....?

Ill start.....I'm an ex mechanic and shop manager (charity volunteer ) :D nr Worcester UK

Author:  BG [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:52 am ]
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Worked in a shop while I was at university... but that was 20 years ago!

Author:  dirtydozen [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:00 am ]
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senior bike tech JJB

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:12 am ]
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12 years, sales, then mechanic, then manager, also included running a 200 bike hire fleet, after that i went to a higher end shop and got a bit more technical, that shop also had a race team so organised stuff for that aswel.


after 12 years i'd had enough of customers, they aren't always right, and i realised i would never beable to afford my own house (on my own) on those wages.

now that it's just a personal interest for me i don't get the times when i'm not interested in bikes anymore which suits me as there were times when i got sick of bikes.

Author:  legrandefromage [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:41 am ]
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I'm just about to start work at a decent bike shop...

at the ripe old age of 37 I might add.

It better bloody work out!

Author:  Andy B [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:49 pm ]
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Current LBS Spanner Monkey in a decent LBS with bikes from cheap to
chav scum wrote:
dat bieks fkin sik m8 sony free gran

Previous for LBS Manager (1yr) and Spanner Monkey (1yr) mostly on end BSO tat :oops:

Author:  greenstiles [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:09 pm ]
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You got it in a nutshell Jonnyboy666

''now that it's just a personal interest for me i don't get the times when i'm not interested in bikes anymore which suits me as there were times when i got sick of bikes.[/quote] :D''

Author:  coomber [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:17 pm ]
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legrandefromage wrote:
I'm just about to start work at a decent bike shop...

at the ripe old age of 37 I might add.

It better bloody work out!


Best of luck with it mate. Hope it goes well :D

Author:  sex one [ Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:23 pm ]
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legrandefromage wrote:
I'm just about to start work at a decent bike shop...

at the ripe old age of 37 I might add.

It better bloody work out!


grafham cycles??

if so, tell big adam that billy says hello.

Author:  kase1983 [ Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:33 pm ]
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11 years part time/full time service mikes bikes Cambridge.

And have to agree the customer was mostly wrong.

Good times.

Author:  mountainloz [ Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:40 pm ]
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Majorsave Cycles - Blackpool (upon leaving school) | '91-'94 ish
The Bike Shop - Bispham/Layton | '94-'96ish
Northern Xposure - St.Annes (such a cool shop) | '96-'99ish
all sales/mechanic/generally running the place
*** 10.5 years out at B&Q :( ***
Halfords Bikehut Blackpool | '09-now
mechanic, then onto sales manager :D love it!

Author:  cannondale king [ Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:18 pm ]
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royal navy fleet air arm for 6 years then local council followed by local high end bike shop did everything there in house was fun but customers were ok bar a couple now working offshore as enviroment tech/deck chief and starting own wheel building busniess hand crafted wheels and sponcering team TORQ for there wheel builds 8) :D

and im lovin it :D

Author:  mikeekim89 [ Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:39 pm ]
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Did a little time in a LBS,

Helped out by the boss who wanted me to buy a Felt over a new GT..

Author:  perry [ Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:33 am ]
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I'll raise my hand for my sins .

Author:  stevec1975 [ Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:46 pm ]
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2-3 years as Mechanic at On Your Bike in Birmingham during Uni, good times, met some cool people, some decent tunes, a good cup of tea and some spanner monkeying, oh and upgraded my bike to XTR on the cheap.

Author:  skinheadjc [ Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:14 pm ]
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did about 5 yrs as a sales assitant in the LBS over college and uni - now a Retail designer (designing shop interiors).....

Author:  dirtydozen [ Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:41 am ]
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mountainloz wrote:
Majorsave Cycles - Blackpool (upon leaving school) | '91-'94 ish
The Bike Shop - Bispham/Layton | '94-'96ish
Northern Xposure - St.Annes (such a cool shop) | '96-'99ish
all sales/mechanic/generally running the place
*** 10.5 years out at B&Q :( ***
Halfords Bikehut Blackpool | '09-now
mechanic, then onto sales manager :D love it!

keep meaning to apply at our halfords, my jobs not looking to secure at the moment plus their current guy doesnt seem to know much. Took my hs33's in the other week see he had anything in his tool box to bleed them and he looked at me like i had showed him an alien

Author:  mountainloz [ Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:15 am ]
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Haha :)
Ah well, we've got the kit at ours, if there's anything that's going to be handy, I just order it

Author:  dirtydozen [ Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:55 pm ]
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wish i'd of known, niether of our stores could do it so just bought the kit. Gonna get my application filled in tonight, any tips?

Author:  Bullpup [ Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:07 pm ]
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dirtydozen wrote:
wish i'd of known, niether of our stores could do it so just bought the kit. Gonna get my application filled in tonight, any tips?


Don't let on you know anything about bikes! :lol:

Author:  mountainloz [ Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:12 pm ]
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seriously everyone... quit it! bunch of narrow minded @#*%
getting tired of this attitude to halfords

you can see from my shop history that i've possibly forgotten more than you know, i've been building custom spec bikes since back when all the fancy retro gear was fresh off the delivery,

the name halfords has nothing to do with the knowledge of the people in the building

i would happily have any of my team do any work on any of my bikes.

Author:  dbmtb [ Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:27 pm ]
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Cycle Superstore, Manchester 1993-4 Sales
Center Cykler, Høje Taastrup 94-6 Sales/spanners
Weber Cykler, Amager 96-8 Sales/spanners
Jupiter II Nørrebro 98-2002 Sales
Short stint as courier 2002-3
Heino Cykler Østerbro 2003-2006 Sales/spanners
Bjarne Egedesø Odense 2007-2009 - Shimano Tech support for the spanners
Webike Odense 2009-10 - Workshop manager
2011 opening own shop. www.cykelposten.dk Spanners,sales, accounts and sweeping the floors. And occasional forays with national team in spare time.

Author:  mountainloz [ Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:31 pm ]
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dbmtb wrote:
2011 opening own shop. www.cykelposten.dk Spanners,sales, accounts and sweeping the floors. And occasional forays with national team in spare time.

congratulations!
best of luck :D

Author:  Andy B [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:31 am ]
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mountainloz wrote:
seriously everyone... quit it! bunch of narrow minded @#*%
getting tired of this attitude to halfords

you can see from my shop history that i've possibly forgotten more than you know, i've been building custom spec bikes since back when all the fancy retro gear was fresh off the delivery,

the name halfords has nothing to do with the knowledge of the people in the building

i would happily have any of my team do any work on any of my bikes.
There are some good Halfords cycle mechanics and some not so good, just as in any bike shops, but sometimes you do get an employee who knows nothing about bikes as they've been drafted in from another department.

I know a few Halfords employees/ex employees from different stores and from what I'm told about the way things are run by Halfords it doesn't surprise me as to the general attitude towards Halfords from the cycling community.

There plenty of tales of problems with bikes bought at Halfords due to badly trained staff or staff who do not have the time to do the job properly, not always the fault of the employee, again it's Halfords giving themsleves a bad name through bad service.

But you hardly ever hear of all the times something goes right at any bike shop, it's rare to see anyone posting about how good a shop may be, people like to complain and rant

Halfords do themselves no favours at all, especially when they advertise the low end stuff all over the TV and papers. Any mechanic who has worked on low end bikes from any retailer knows just how bad they are.

Their ideas of how long a bike should take to PDI are a laugh, the prices for fitting parts are shocking. There are no set prices for a lot of the bikes, the prices always fluctuate wildly, quite often inflated for a month to then be in the sales showing a massive discount over the inflated price making the product look like a right bargain when in reality it isn't (A lot of retailers in lots of trades do this and it is perfectly legal)

If you were able to build a good team around yourself then that is good for all your customers in your branch, but generally speaking a lot of branches are not staffed by the most knowledgeable mechanics & sales people

There are good Halfords and bad ones, like with any shops as I mentioned earlier.

If you admit to working for Halfords on a cycling forum you do need a thick skin as the majority of cyclists loathe Halfords.

If this was a computer forum PC World would get the same sort of response as Halfords do on cycling forums.

Author:  mountainloz [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:49 am ]
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Andy B wrote:

Halfords do themselves no favours at all, especially when they advertise the low end stuff all over the TV and papers.


people want to buy a bike for £100, you expect a £100 bike
someone has to sell them
like you say, they're not great, i myself am a bike snob :)
but a £100 bike from anywhere is still only a £100 bike

personally i'd prefer most of my components to be above the price of that bike.
however, look beyond that and there's some great stuff to be had, but, people still judge them as a £100 bike, not the £1000 high spec machine that they are

p.s. working on those bikes takes a lot more knowhow than most of the high spec stuff to get them working properly

give me a box of quality components and a frame and i'll build it quicker than PDI-ing the low end BSO

but saying that the best way to get a job there is to not know anything about bikes is one of the most half witted things i have ever heard

Author:  dirtydozen [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:11 am ]
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mountainloz wrote:
p.s. working on those bikes takes a lot more knowhow than most of the high spec stuff to get them working properly

give me a box of quality components and a frame and i'll build it quicker than PDI-ing the low end BSO

but saying that the best way to get a job there is to not know anything about bikes is one of the most half witted things i have ever heard


cant agree with you more, the BSOs i have to build at JJB are horrendous and a pain in the behind to get PDI'd CORRECTLY.

Author:  mountainloz [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:16 am ]
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dirtydozen wrote:
cant agree with you more, the BSOs i have to build at JJB are horrendous and a pain in the behind to get PDI'd CORRECTLY.


:) *virtual High Five*

Bullpup's comment reminds me of a heckle that jimmy carr got, his comeback was something to do with "i dont come round to where you work and ..........." i can't continue as it's NSFW but the lower parts of a sailor were mentioned

Author:  dirtydozen [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:24 am ]
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i think i must order the most warranty parts of any store lol
vary rarely do i get a problem with a bike i have sold, at the end of the day you have to work with what your given and do it the best you can

Author:  mountainloz [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:33 am ]
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good man!
it's good for the other side of the story to be heard
i know you don't work for us but i bet you get he same comments thrown at you :)

Author:  dirtydozen [ Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:40 am ]
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we dont really do servicing etc only on bikes bought from us and it cost basically half of what the bikes cost :lol:
couldnt give a monkeys left nut what anyone says tbh, the may be BSOs but they are always a challenge and i get to work on bikes every day

Author:  OILE [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:30 pm ]
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Did about 4 years running an independent and as much as I hated PDI'ing the crap it is actually where you learn so much. You really learn your diagnosing faults skills, with their half working crappy parts.
Working on high end parts is so easy when you've done your apprenticeship on the rubbish.

As for the customers well...

The phrase "I'm an engineer" always left me with a wry smile...

"Engineer of what exactly" I'd think and often they'd return with a bag of bits and an uncomfortable look of "was hoping it would be someone else serving" when they saw me.

Good times though.. happy days

Author:  Andy B [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:33 pm ]
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Ah yes, "I'm an engineer, so I know what I'm talking about" type customers....

Author:  TheGreenRabbit [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:53 pm ]
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All BITD Spanner monkey in Philadelphia and MTB Guide in the Peak District and courrier in London,New York and Christchurch (not all at the same time)

Author:  jonnyboy666 [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:15 pm ]
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ahh . . . the old "i'm an engineer" quote, almost forgot abut that . . . :roll:

picture the scene, busy saturday at cyclexperience in the heart of the new forest, small shop itself but with a 200 bike hire fleet 500yds away. stood at the counter dealing with a customer, a group of weekenders walk in, about 12 of them, aswel as 2 or 3 others.

my only helper was Sarah on this day, 18 years old and pretty, which doesn't help her in the job but helps you picture the scene.

then in a biblical rush they all want serving at the same time. :roll:

the group i had already realised were for the hire station, but Mr engineer managed to push them out of the way except 1 that i was dealing with so Sarah started asking "how can i help?", "I need to see your engineer" , "what's the problem, maybe i can help" (it should be said at this point that sarah had been working at the shop for 2 years) "No!" he said, "i NEED your engineer", i realised he was a bit of a knob as did Sarah but Sarah waited for me finish with my customer and introduced him to me and explained with a slight knowing roll of her eyes that "he NEEDS an engineer", so i asked "how can help, what's the problem?" he lifted up a wheel and pointed to the axle and said "i need a wheel nut" :roll: :roll:


i said "you don't need an engineer for that, last week end she won the National Junior Downhill series on her mountain bike so i'm sure finding a wheel nut isn't a problem for her"

several people behind him cracked up, especially the women :lol:

after they had all gone i got a hug :D


this is what she does now

http://www.life.com/image/85151715

Author:  mountainloz [ Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:48 pm ]
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i love it when that happens

we had someone buying an £800 road bike, he said "will you be building it?
it's a rather expensive bike and i'd prefer it if the weekend lad didn't build it"

meet our weekend lad Matt, Yours is the cheaper model of the Carbon Fibre one he has ;)

unfortunately he now doesn't powerboat race, fortunately i didn't get a hug :D

Author:  legrandefromage [ Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:24 pm ]
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I start tomorrow.

I can only do my best.

Author:  legrandefromage [ Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:34 pm ]
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mountainloz wrote:
seriously everyone... quit it! bunch of narrow minded @#*%
getting tired of this attitude to halfords

you can see from my shop history that i've possibly forgotten more than you know, i've been building custom spec bikes since back when all the fancy retro gear was fresh off the delivery,

the name halfords has nothing to do with the knowledge of the people in the building

i would happily have any of my team do any work on any of my bikes.


deep breath.... and relax!

Unfortunately, Halfords as a brand name will have a long way to go to endear itself to the sort of people that use this site so you will only get hostility until we all die off.

Author:  coomber [ Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:39 pm ]
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Good luck LGF.

Mountainloz I was only thinking the other day how Halfords gets so much stick but I'd rather go there then the two nearest local bike shops - my nearest doesnt like people looking around the shop! Great way to run a retail shop hey?!

Author:  sylus [ Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:43 pm ]
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being the biggest bike retailer will see the biggest collective of bike mechanics and as such will attract a cross representation

My local one had 1 shit one..now fired but 2 very good and very keen retro fans so I feel safe with the work they do and they do it well

engineer :oops:

I am a truck fitter not as a mechanic but engineering side, i can cut huge chunks out of a brand new truck, attach whole sleeper cabs body conversions, wire it all up. fit night heaters, air kits, 5th wheels, add blue tank and diesel tank conversions, chequer plate walkways and airbrake conversions, on my motorbikes I can strip all of it down and rebuild it

but for the life of me when it comes to realigning a a cable to operate gears..my mind goes a wandering..thats why I always pay others to do it..on bicycles I have a total brain fart and block

Author:  Bullpup [ Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:17 pm ]
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mountainloz wrote:
seriously everyone... quit it! bunch of narrow minded @#*%
getting tired of this attitude to halfords

you can see from my shop history that i've possibly forgotten more than you know, i've been building custom spec bikes since back when all the fancy retro gear was fresh off the delivery,

the name halfords has nothing to do with the knowledge of the people in the building

i would happily have any of my team do any work on any of my bikes.


I am sorry I have not revisited this thread before now.

It was not my intention to c%&p on your doorstep per se but rather an attempt at tongue in cheek humour. It has obviously offended you and I apologize. It is a great pity that you don't run the bike department in my local Halfords.

Author:  getin [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:32 am ]
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mountainloz wrote:
Majorsave Cycles - Blackpool (upon leaving school) | '91-'94 ish
The Bike Shop - Bispham/Layton | '94-'96ish
Northern Xposure - St.Annes (such a cool shop) | '96-'99ish
all sales/mechanic/generally running the place
*** 10.5 years out at B&Q :( ***
Halfords Bikehut Blackpool | '09-now
mechanic, then onto sales manager :D love it!


I started out in my local bike shop, www.applebikes.co.uk in ST ANNES where I got my NVQ2 in cycle maintenance, I currently work at Halfords cycle department blackpool where mountainloz AKA the manager bosses me about.

Author:  drystonepaul [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:25 pm ]
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For a short time I worked at 'The North West Mountain Bike Centre' in Cheadle back in 1995.
They've still got some pretty cool stuff hidden away upstairs.

Author:  BertR00t [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:37 pm ]
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getin wrote:
I started out in my local bike shop, www.applebikes.co.uk in ST ANNES


I have made comments about that hole before on here in another thread about local bike shops... At least you escaped Matthews smarmy clutches...

Author:  getin [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:47 pm ]
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BertR00t wrote:
getin wrote:
I started out in my local bike shop, www.applebikes.co.uk in ST ANNES


I have made comments about that hole before on here in another thread about local bike shops... At least you escaped Matthews smarmy clutches...


Not been in there for years, although I do remember having a good laugh working there.

Author:  beagle [ Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:06 pm ]
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sylus wrote:
being the biggest bike retailer will see the biggest collective of bike mechanics and as such will attract a cross representation

My local one had 1 shit one..now fired but 2 very good and very keen retro fans so I feel safe with the work they do and they do it well

engineer :oops:

I am a truck fitter not as a mechanic but engineering side, i can cut huge chunks out of a brand new truck, attach whole sleeper cabs body conversions, wire it all up. fit night heaters, air kits, 5th wheels, add blue tank and diesel tank conversions, chequer plate walkways and airbrake conversions, on my motorbikes I can strip all of it down and rebuild it

but for the life of me when it comes to realigning a a cable to operate gears..my mind goes a wandering..thats why I always pay others to do it..on bicycles I have a total brain fart and block


My dad has the same job and I wouldn't let him anywhere near my bikes.

You're not my dad are you?

Author:  Neil [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:39 am ]
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mountainloz wrote:
Majorsave Cycles - Blackpool (upon leaving school) | '91-'94 ish

Bought my 91 DB Apex, new, from Majorsave, and a few years later, a new wheelset (Campag rims on XT hubs), and plenty of other bits and bobs.

Earlier than that, both me and my brother had probably a couple of bikes, each, from Majorsave.

The unbranded 531 frame in my gallery I bought from Mike Gadds shoppee in his closing down sale (around 95 / 96?). I've seen him working in Apple bikes in recent years.

Author:  S-M [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:53 am ]
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Halfords is utter bollocks, the amount of shit i have had since i bought that fecking Boardman bike.

Not just me either, my mate has had his Team FS more than me, and his bike is only 6 months old!

Lad at work is constantly booked in for warranty, and the warranty job they did for me 8 months ago failed yesterday. Anyway, its no longer in warrenty, and i no longer own the bike :D never again!

THEY ARE GARBAGE.

Author:  Pyro Tim [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:24 am ]
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I worked in 4 different branches of Halfords when at school and uni. The training wasn't great back then (15-20 years ago) neither were the bikes. It came down to how good the senior bike mechanic was. I was lucky, I knew how to do most things from starting BMX racing when I was 5 and progressing through. However, my senior bike mechanic was a demon with bikes. I don't think we had a single bike come in for anything other than broken due to being hammered. £100 bikes can't be used off road period, they are not built for it, at least back then. (I snapped a cheapy BMX from Halfords when I was 5!!)

I cringe every time I see Apollo, they were poor, and I think still poor. I am a bike snob though. I have noticed that the quality of Halfords range has gone up in recent years, and I would consider buying from them. I would double check the PDIing though. At the end of the day, if you don't look after your bike, it doesn't matter how it was set up originally, it will go wrong.

Author:  Raging_Bulls [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:36 am ]
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Learned bicycle repairs at school, then started working in a warehouse and climbed up to logistics manager before getting an administrative degree.
Last winter I started working in a small bike shop, but had to quit because I always took my time to get everything perfect.

I'll probably start a small bicycle repair shop when I retire. (in about 10 years or so)
The kind of place where customers can have a coffee and talk to me while I fix their bike.

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:04 pm ]
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Its a shame as halfords arent considered a proper bike shop (like they used to be? With team etc.).
That said, my lbs has all the gear but that certainly doesnt make up for anything as their service is pretty poor. They are bike elitist pretty much.

I fix bikes as a job currently.

Author:  Mindmap3 [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:53 pm ]
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I worked in a shop for a while after uni - it was pretty good fun, but a badly run shop that took no notice of the local riding scene. Got a good deal on a Demo 9 though as Specialized were trying to get shot of the last couple of frames.

Most of our customers were pretty good, although some never seemed to buy anything and just wanted to chat. Which was fine on a quite day, but a pain when busy.

I do miss the deals from reps....the Sram guy was pretty good. We all got some crazy deals on the newly out trigger shifters, loved it and then sold loads.

Author:  SiRvInO [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:27 am ]
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Steve, where was on yer bike in B'ham, was it the one next to snow and rock??

Mike

Author:  Dead Rats [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:07 pm ]
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Never worked in a bike shop per se but I do make a part of my meagre living * from working with bikes during the week - building, repairing, servicing and restoring new & old stuff.

Have costed up a premises and it's just not a viable option at the moment, unless I sell my soul and start retailing stuff I don't like I think! Even then I'd never be able to compete with online stores.

So my service / business offers a more personal experience than most bike shops I've been a customer at. I've started to pass up really low end stuff, and also the odd rare occasion I can't actually do the job required.

It's hard but rewarding work, and I have built up a nice customer base mainly from a 3-4 mile radius around my home based workshop.

But a good rep alone doesn't really pay the bills so I'm looking at ways to make my time and experience pay a little better.

* my weekend job pays on average 10x better hourly rate!

Author:  Stoddys [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:21 pm ]
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South minster cycles as a Saturday boy
Maldon cycles age 16 to 18
High street cycles maldon 18 to 20
Bought high street cycles, changed name to
Stoddys bike shop 20 to 24 did not listen to any advice on business over stocked on expensive stuff pace dealer ect ect
Spent too much on sponsored riders, custom vw's.
24 year old went bust.
Stopped riding till this year now I'm 43.

Now I only rember the good stuff, making snowflake wheels with anodised nipples. Lot of good friends.

Now I can't work out why my 20 year old link extractor won't take off a 8 speed chain?..

But might be able to help with the old stuff. Khs Montana pro bike. They were a good buy.( full xt for £750)
Some dawes tandem knolage

Anyway I will stop rambling on.
We used to call the old timers that come in talking about their claud buttler's
I'da's
I had this I had that
I sound like an I'da now.

Anyone else have repeatable names for coustomers?

Stoddy

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:24 pm ]
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Oh no not him again - for most of them.

Author:  futuristicoldman [ Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:01 am ]
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I had a long term customer with an adolf hitler moustache who had endless problems with his flashy bikes. In order to get closer to his techy problems a splendid false moustache was fashioned which was glued to the top lip of whichever mechanic had the privilege to work on his bikes before said bike was test ridden. If the hairy add on was not worn the problem could never be detected never mind remedied.
Moustachio was the chaps nickname, facial hair aside he was a nice fellow but I always dreaded the day when he walked in and caught me dressed as him.

Author:  Paul Eggleton [ Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:24 am ]
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2 years as Saturday boy and holiday work when I was 16 for Yeovil cycle centre. That was about 20yrs ago now.....

Then I became an Engineer! lol :-)

Author:  Senri [ Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:18 am ]
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I have a full time job as a researcher, but that is actually only to fund my own custom bike shop which I have with my best mate. We don't have a real shop open for customers yet, but do design, build and sell our own bikes and do some (charity) work on bikes from other mates. Some would call it hobby, but I see it a bit more serious. Although in a friendly way, we organize some MTB trips as well (last was the Swiss Bike Masters!).

Author:  one_bad_mofo [ Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:58 am ]
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My shop CV goes somethign like -

On Your Bike (London Bridge) Sales monkey
Halfords (various) Cycle dept supervisor
London Independant (long since gone) Manager / sales bod / mechanic
Evans (Croydon) Assistant Manager
Wheelie Serious Gropup (Covent Garden, Wimbledon and Baker Street) Sales
Cycling Today magazine Technical Editor
Cycles Plus (Croydon) Part time /Cycle King (Croydon) Part time mechanic (These two jobs ran concurrently)

I then joined the real world and had some proper jobs before starting Sorted Cycles (as a part-time ventrue) with my partner to import nice frames and bits from North America.

After that I've done a bit of freelance cycle journalism and have had content appear in Singletrack and on Road.cc

Oh almost forgot back in the mid-90s I also wrote a cycling fanzine. :)

Author:  B77 [ Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:19 pm ]
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6 months at the dreaded Halfords as bike (cough) mechanic from 89-90. They did send me on a wheel building and mechanics course in Redditch though. Got sacked for advising people to use the other bike shops in the area (amongst other things).

Author:  Kevhl [ Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:41 pm ]
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drystonepaul wrote:
For a short time I worked at 'The North West Mountain Bike Centre' in Cheadle back in 1995.
They've still got some pretty cool stuff hidden away upstairs.


I was there as one of the underpaid weekend staff around 1995/96! I remember a fair few manitous, Jmc's bikes, the lts being released, andys ac triple clamp converted efcs! and a lot of other cool stuff hidden away!

Worked the whole of one summer to fund a Chris king on 117 ceramic front wheel... Great days though!

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