what’s this blog for?

January 20th, 2009

The basic idea here is for me to keep tidy journal of my efforts to become a bike mechanic and start working in a local shop.  About a year ago I began considering becoming a bike mechanic, and by the summer I had pretty much made up my mind to go in that direction.  I was a senior in college and knew I had to finish up my degree, but I spent a lot my last (Fall) semester researching and imagining myself as a mechanic after graduation.

One thing that that I didn’t really come across, though, is a mechanic’s blog to give you a sense of a day(or month or year)-in-the-life of the profession.  I was sort of looking to read about the ambitions, frustrations, etc., of a mechanic, and since I haven’t found such a resource I’d thought I’d start my own with the idea that maybe somewhere down the line it’ll be useful to someone else who’ll be in the position I’m in today.

So I’m planning on keeping this blog pretty low-key and not go out of my way to really publicize it, and maintain my privacy, but as I say maybe it’ll come in handy for the next person who googles for ‘bike mechanic blog.’   Though at the moment maybe  I dont have much to say or offer — I’m not working anywhere as a mechanic, but I’m training and trying to get to that point (suggestions for a better sub-title to this blog appreciated…).

Anyway, I’ll try to keep things interesting, informative, and updated here.  stay tuned…

5 Responses to “what’s this blog for?”

  1. Tristan Says:

    Always interested in seeing someone work their way through the steps of wrenching. Before you know it, you’ll be doing everything possible.

    My biggest tip is to buy high quality tools when you end up needing them. It’ll save time in the long run 🙂

  2. danpugatch Says:

    At the bike shop I work at April-November we were thinking of doing a blog. I’ve been debating if I should start ne or not this Spring. I already started my winter messenger blog, might as well do a mechanic blog.

  3. explodedhub Says:

    to tell you the truth, Dan: I had that same thought — specifically about you — while I was writing this post today. I think I’ve seen at least three blog projects you’ve got going, and since you’re getting into mechanics too, I’d really encourage you to write about it. I’m sure I’m not the only one interested in seeing things from that POV. I’ve seen a few local LBS blogs, but most of them just use the platform like a newsletter to hawk new products and deals. I don’t blame them for maintaining that professional image when it’s integrated with a shop’s website but I sort of wish they’re was something out there a little more personal. (On the other hand, the owner of Paramount has a blog that often seems TOO personal!)

    btw Dan, way-back-when I cold-facebooked you to feel you out about your mechanic job, and I got really positive encouraging response, and that actually did a lot to motivate me, so thanks again for that. I’ll introduce myself if we ever run into each other IRL.

    Thanks Tristan for stopping by and for the feedback. Man this is two people more than I was expecting would read this; I’m gonna have to get crackin’ soon on more content!

  4. danpugatch Says:

    Definitely write about your experience both positive and negative. Photos always make it better. (It’s easier when you are at home and not at work.) And keep a running tally like — flats changed — break adjusts etc etc

    As for tools some shops have them others make you have your own like chefs having to have their own knives. Expect to pay 300 or so if that’s the case. Park is a big name, if you get their stuff get the shop quality not the basic especially the chain tools, I usually buy Pedro’s its less expensive and just as good.

    Where you looking at working? Have you taken classes anywhere?

  5. Vin Says:

    One thing about the tools – look for good used tools first. You’ll get them for a fraction of the cost of new tools. Look on craigslist and other forums. Bike shops are always closing, mechanics retire or move on. There are some great used tools out there and they are cheap.

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