Congratulations on a successful first bike repair!! Keep a tally of how many bikes you repair. Begin to offer new services a basic tune up and cleanin...
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!!
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.
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.
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