• Well I just mean bikes in general in terms of the field you’re working with. Bike shop seems the obvious and easy way to work with bikes but also hella low pay. Just wondering if you want to work on bikes or do something more lucrative but still with bikes.

  • do something more lucrative but still with bikes.

    Honest question- like what? I don’t personally know any pro team mechanics but I do know people from F1, and to a man they said the pay was acceptable but not high, especially with the stress/hours/experience required, and that working with F1 cars effectively counted as a job perk. I’d suspect cycling is similar?

  • I worked with pro team mechanics a while. Depending on field (road/mtb) it’s stressful, not that well paid in the grand scheme of things. Way less technical than expected, and there’s a lot of menial work to do.
    Lots of exciting place, things to do and all, but it’s not the amazing job it’s hyped up to be.
    I did push me away from wanting to be a pro mechanic.

  • I’m thinking more along the lines of going self employed and doing it on your own terms.

    I did this for a number of years alongside my job and despite working not that many hours I was making the same as my full time salary doing a boring office job. I was buying secondhand bikes, getting them fully working and selling on. The other option would be to do servicing and repairs for other people. Or both. I rarely did servicing for others as it has a lot of associated issues where as the restoring type work is more controllable and I found it made more money.

    You need to be quite smart about how you work and efficient in order to make good money but it’s doable. You’re essentially doing the same as working in a bike shop only you have more flexibility and way more money coming in. Only downside if you’re not in to it is the self employment aspect and what goes with it.