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Bicycle Repairers

At a Glance

  • Maintain and repair bikes for customers
  • Use hand tools
  • Often interact with customers
  • May work nights and weekends
  • Most train on the job

Career summary

Bicycle repairers fix bicycles using hand tools.

Bicycle repairers may also be called bicycle or bike mechanics, or bicycle technicians.

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Bicycle repairers work on both new and used bicycles. They repair and recondition used bikes to prepare them for sale. They also assemble new bikes that come from the factory.

Bicycle repairers talk to customers when they bring their bikes in for repair.

Bicycle repairers make simple repairs such as repairing holes in tire tubes. They also repair or replace parts, such as handlebars, lights, and seats. Bike repairers keep bikes tuned up. They make sure all the safety equipment such as reflector lights are working correctly.

Bicycle repairers also make complex repairs to gear mechanisms and bike frames. Repairers also take apart and reassemble axles to work on them. Mechanisms vary on different makes of bicycles, so repairers have to keep up with current models. Some bicycle mechanics specialize in building new bicycles.

Bicycle repairers use tools, such as:

Some bicycle repairers also sell bikes in their shop. They advise customers about bikes and accessories and order new parts.

Related careers

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to bicycle repairers.

Common work activities

Bicycle repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, bicycle repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Bicycle repairers frequently:

It is important for bicycle repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for bicycle repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Bicycle repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation


To work as a bicycle repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

No formal education is required beyond high school. There are only a few formal training programs available in bicycle repair. In these programs students take courses in bicycle assembly, advanced mechanics, and shop operation. Each course usually takes one to two weeks to complete. Bicycle repair training programs usually award a certificate.

On-the-job training

Most bicycle repairers learn their skills on the job from an experienced bicycle repairer. You begin as a helper. As you gain skills you work on more complex tasks. During training, you learn to:

In general, bicycle repairers receive about one month of on-the-job training. However, many repairers receive up to six months of training. Employers also send bike repairers to training workshops provided by bicycle manufacturers.

Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent. They also prefer applicants who have good communication skills. They may prefer applicants who have mechanical experience or training.


Most repairers need to be able to work on several bikes at a time. Knowledge of older and new bikes, different brands, and changes in bike technology is important. Repairers must also have good public relations skills, especially when dealing with demanding or difficult customers.

#Article brought in by Leo from The Bulletin, June 4, 2012, (Bend, OR) "A look inside a bike mechanic's world." Added related cmts 6/12/12 cj.

Costs to workers

Repairers may have to supply their own tools, except for larger tools. Tools can cost from $350 to over $725 for complete sets. Workers may increase their chances of being hired by becoming certified as a bicycle mechanic through the United Bicycle Institute which is listed in the Other Resources section of this description.

#UBI still offers certification 2/7/18 cj. 4/2/19

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


The minimum wage for Washington State as of January 1, 2020 is $13.50 per hour. Some areas of the state may have a higher minimum wage.


Bicycle repairers (SOC 49-3091)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $12.39 $13.43 $15.17 $17.28 $18.63
Monthly $2,147 $2,327 $2,629 $2,995 $3,229
Yearly $25,760 $27,940 $31,550 $35,940 $38,750
    Bellingham Hourly $12.59 $13.37 $14.71 $16.64 $18.88
Monthly $2,182 $2,317 $2,549 $2,884 $3,272
Yearly $26,196 $27,818 $30,590 $34,617 $39,271
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $12.88 $14.47 $16.27 $17.91 $18.88
Monthly $2,232 $2,508 $2,820 $3,104 $3,272
Yearly $26,797 $30,107 $33,842 $37,240 $39,279
    Vancouver Hourly $12.26 $13.13 $14.47 $16.39 $18.29
Monthly $2,125 $2,275 $2,508 $2,840 $3,170
Yearly $25,502 $27,302 $30,106 $34,088 $38,057
United States Hourly $10.03 $11.61 $13.92 $16.98 $19.84
Monthly $1,738 $2,012 $2,412 $2,943 $3,438
Yearly $20,870 $24,140 $28,960 $35,320 $41,260

Wages vary by the repairer's level of experience.

Full-time bicycle repairers may receive benefits such as sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Part-time repairers rarely receive benefits.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Bicycle Repairers (SOC 49-3091)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 479 19.4% 16.1% 83
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 22 27.3% 13.4% 4
    Benton and Franklin Counties 20 25.0% 15.0% 3
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 42 26.2% 11.9% 8
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 21 4.8% 15.2% 3
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 87 6.9% 14.6% 12
    King County 278 21.9% 19.6% 50
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 19 21.1% 13.8% 3
United States 12,200 9.0% 5.2% 1,500

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for bicycle repairers is increasing. People are becoming more concerned about the environment and choosing to ride bikes as an alternative form of transportation. As gas prices rise many people cannot afford to drive as much. In addition, many retirees are riding bikes for exercise or entertainment.

Some riders lack the time or interest to repair or maintain their own bicycles. Job prospects are best for bicycle repairers with formal training.

Other resources

Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association (external link)
United Bicycle Institute (external link)
401 Williamson Way
Ashland, OR 97520


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