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!!

Step 1: Parts and tools.

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.)
<p>I started out get my first toolbox when I was 4 and started working on cars with my parents, so I'm a lot older than what I was and I don't like working on car that much and brick better so I told my friend that me and him are opening a bike shop and I fix my sisters buck every day because she keeps braking it lolXD!!! But thanks for the help . Hope you make more tip on bikes/tools/anything that has more help. Ps: I'm brothers to stephenrocker16 on YouTube look it up and tell him I told you to bye.</p>
<p>im totally gonna do this!!!!!!</p>
I Might do this
<p>Love it</p>
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. <br />Owner: Ranger's Bike Repair
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.
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?
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.

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