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“It’s not a big job,” said John Lasseter, co-founder and chief operating officer of Accenture, which runs a global network of bicycle instructors.
“You can teach 10 hours a week, three to four days a week.
It’s more like a one-time thing that you do on a Saturday.”
So what exactly is a bike instructor?
What you need to know about bike instructors, and what they’re likeThe basic training of a bike mechanic is essentially the same as a professional salesperson.
You need to have a solid business background and a minimum of two years of experience as a salesperson, according to the National Bike Dealers Association.
There’s no such thing as a full-time bike mechanic, though some of the more popular ones include those in manufacturing, service and logistics.
There are, of course, exceptions to this.
The most prestigious of them is a certified mechanic.
In order to become a certified technician, a person must complete an extensive training program that includes hands-on work and certification from several bike manufacturers.
But you also have to have some sort of experience in sales.
The minimum amount you can expect to earn from a job as a certified bicycle mechanic is $100,000, according the National Bicycle Dealers association.
There are also certification programs for professional electricians and mechanics, as well as those who work for bike manufacturers and retailers.
“You’re going to need some experience and some skills, but there’s nothing that’s hard to learn,” said Greg Rader, who teaches bike mechanics at San Diego State University and is the founder of Bike Works, a company that provides bike maintenance and repair.
The jobs you have to offerYour bike maintenance is more about the people you work with than your actual job, said David Tressel, a San Francisco-based instructor who runs his own training company.
“They have to be able to work with you, not just do what you’re doing,” he said.
“There are certain things you have that you need, and then there are things you don’t have,” he added.
“Most of the things you can learn in a mechanic’s shop are the things they have to deal with, so if you’re going for a career as a mechanic, you want to be an expert in a lot of things.”
In addition to their skills as mechanics, instructors also need to be good communicators.
“The only way to get people to take your classes is to be very nice,” said Chris Cramer, a bike trainer in Seattle, Washington, who specializes in helping new bike mechanics with their first lessons.
“That means not only having to say ‘hey, I’d like to do this, but I want you to be a little less harsh than I am’ and not just ‘do what I say, but also be nice,'” he said, adding that he’s learned from teaching many of his own students to be more approachable.
Bike trainers are expected to offer their customers a good value for their time.
“I don’t think there’s a person in the industry that does what we do for a living, and we’re just trying to make that a reality,” said Lasseters.
“When you’re riding a bike, you’re a motorist,” said Rader.
“We’re just here to make sure that we’re doing things right.”
Bike mechanics work from homeMost bike mechanics live at home, and they often do so in a car.
But there are exceptions.
In addition to being in a studio, instructors usually live at their own homes, where they can work from anywhere and where they have access to a computer, which they can use for work.
“I can’t think of any place in the world that would have that,” said Cramer.
The average bike mechanic spends about two hours a day working in a workshop.
“The amount of time you spend is just about everything,” said Tressels.
“And it can be done remotely, from anywhere, and there’s no cost.
It can be a hobby.
You could be a full time employee.”
What you can doIf you’re looking to raise money for your own training, the next step is to work out how you’re able to do that, said Cohn, who also runs a consulting firm.
The biggest difference is that instructors can work remotely.
That’s not to say they shouldn’t do that.
“Most of us do it from home,” said Kaitlin Hager, a trainer in Minneapolis.
“So that’s a big advantage, but at the same time, there are some people that work remotely that are just too busy.