Introduction: How to Start Your Own Bike Repair Shop.
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.)
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.
Step 4: Your First Customer.
Congratulations!! Your first customer is finally here!! Here is list of things to do.
Step 1: Be nice.
Step 2: Tell them what you price per hour is. (Mine is minimum wage.)
Step 3: Give the bike a look over and see if you can spot any problems. (Often times, about halfway through repairs, you will notice something else that is wrong with the bike. My first bike ended up needing a new front wheel, the forks unbent, new handlebars, and shifters. It had been severely wrecked.)
Step 4:When done make up a bill that tallies hours and total replacement parts cost.
Step 5: Return bike cleaned and shiny. Give the customer your bill, collect dough, and go home.
(Have them recommend you on Facebook if you did a good job)
Step 5: Your Shop.
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 cleaning. Gain peoples trust and they will come back to you later when their bikes break down. Always be cheerful in front of customers, you can be as mad as you want behind the scenes. Although a cheerful attitude does reflect in your work. My shop is based in my carport. All of the bikes that I have repaired have been department store bikes. But repairing bikes is fun and you will enjoy it too. Please check out Part 2 of this ible, it's about basic bike repair know-how.