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Pierre

Member since May 2007 • Last active Oct 2022
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    The brilliant Nelsy is leaving us next month for pastures new in Colombia, and they'll leave a mechanic-shaped hole in our team.

    We're looking for someone with workshop and customer service experience - full details are at ratracecycles.com/jobs

    We’re particularly keen to receive applications from communities which are currently under represented in our industry, although we treat everyone as equals so all applicants are welcome. Rat Race Cycles is based in Peckham which is a vibrant and diverse area and we aim to reflect that diversity in our team.

    If you're looking, if you know someone who's thinking of moving on from where they are, or even someone who might be tempted to join us, please do put them in touch.

    Thanks!

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    Yeah, sorry this kicked off a bit! I could have worded it better - thanks @Velocio and @Black_Rainbow_Project for actual copy text suggestions! - but I'm glad most people saw the positive intention behind the post. Thanks all for the useful input, I'll close and re-post.

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    I'm not denigrating elements of any culture. Our bike shop's in Peckham (well, Nunhead, but fewer people have heard of it), a brilliantly diverse area, yet most of the applications I get are always from straight white men. I recruit on talent and team fit. The mechanic leaving is the only non-binary person in the team at the moment.
    So I want to ensure a) people will share the job ad far and wide and b) I want to encourage applications from as diverse a pool as possible.

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    Thanks C4r1s, that's good to read.

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    Wow. Yes, I "ought to be picking candidates on merit", and I hope I do.

    But not merit alone - given my acknowledged bias as a straight white man myself, in an industry full of them, I'm keen to make the team in my shop as diverse and inclusive as the customers we serve.

    I wonder why someone would have a problem with that...

    Of course I'm aware I'm sounding defensive here. I'm not sure of a better way to phrase it, but I'm not looking to discriminate, just trying to make sure that people who aren't straight white men are especially welcome to join us.

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    The brilliant Nelsy is leaving us next month for pastures new in Colombia, and they'll leave a mechanic-shaped hole in the team.

    We're looking for someone with workshop and customer service experience - full details are at ratracecycles.com/jobs

    Ideally we'd like to find someone who's not a straight white man, there are plenty of those in our industry already... but we need someone competent, calm, kind and great with customers to join the team.

    If you're looking, if you know someone who's thinking of moving on from where they are, or even someone who might be tempted to join us, please do put them in touch.

    Thanks!

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    The one in Deptford is called Witcomb Cycles - they're the only frame builder in London at the moment (yes, including Claud Butler, who send their business to Witcomb or elsewhere). They're a quirky little shop but don't expect to find lots of stock on display in there.

    btw the bike in the window of Balfe's Bikes in East Dulwich is a Raleigh Burner. Is nice...

    : P

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