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Hello! It's me again. For this "ible" we are going to start a bike repair shop! The following instructable is based on some of my experience starting my own bike shop. Also, if this ible is worthy, please vote for me in the Bicycle contest. Thanks!!
 
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Step 1: Parts and tools.

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Yes, yes, you will need parts. Mostly tools though. I started out with some basic wrenches and stuff like that. Basically all you will need are the tools that you probably have already. If you you need special bike specific tools like chain whips and trueing wheels, (Those bad boys help straighten out wheels and tighten spokes.), then go to your local bike shop and see if you can borrow one for a few hours. If you really need one then buy one. There is one tool that is super handy. The tire lever. I love mine. If you don't want to break down and spend $3 on one, then a paint can lever will work. (Though not as well.)

Step 2: Get familiar with bike repair.

Now that you have all your tools you will need a bike to practice on. I recommend working on your families bikes. Or you could get a junker bike and repair it and ride it. Watch plenty of  youtube tutorials and get familiar with how bikes work. Repair as many bikes as you can before opening shop. Knowing is half the battle. It''s really a pain in the rear when you are trying to change a cassette and you don't know how.

Step 3: Open up shop.

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When you feel comfortable with bike repair and you feel ready to open up shop, then go to your neighborhood's facebook page and tell everyone that you repair bikes. Get your name out there. (Start with neighbors and friends.) Give people your contact information if they want to get a hold of you. When you feel like you have done everything you can, wait.
Don't forget to charge for parts and services...... When I do repairs I charge them for parts, what I'm repairing or replacing and by the hour.
Owner: Ranger's Bike Repair
Aron3132 years ago
I wouldnt pay by the hour but do labor charge and also if they want anything that is a hard job, done in a quick amount of time, you should have a fee for working harder to get it done. A good thing to do is a cleaning service that you can recommend. Ask the customer what the bike needs first then spin the wheels make sure the cables are moving and gears change. then check to see if anything needs to be tightened. Also make sure you get their information to make sure they get the bike back when its done. Its also good to have them pick it up instead of bringing it to them.
jackjackboom (author)  Aron3132 years ago
Thanks for the tips!! For me cleaning a bike is mandatory and I do that for all of the bikes I get. Free of charge. I charge by the hour because often times I discover new problems with the bikes. In my bill I draw up a list of all the things I had to fix on the bike, and tell how long it took to do that particular part of the job. That gives my customer a good idea of what I had to do on the bike.
Sounds good. The one thing i would do differently is that you can call your customer when new problems arise and ask if they want to spend the money or not. Also do you give an estaminet on how much it will be?
jackjackboom (author)  Aron3132 years ago
Usually I try to call them and confirm if they want to or not and I do give an estimate on how long something will take. When I replace shifters, it usually takes about an hour so that's what I charge them.