Round Up: 19 Bike Industry Jobs Available Right Now

Jan 24, 2022
by Ed Spratt  



We thought we'd round up some of the more awesome-looking job opportunities in the bike industry that we've seen lately. The ones where you're most likely to be able to jump out for a ride at lunch or get to geek over bike-related things all day.

Don't see anything that you're interested in? Many of these companies have multiple jobs posted on their websites, so we'd recommend doing a deep dive into the career section on each company's website. Still nothing? Lots of companies will have a jobs@ email address for you to send your resume to and they'll reach out if something comes up that is suited to your skillset. Happy hunting!





Crankbrothers
PR & Communications Manager

Crankbrothers is looking for "a talented, well-connected, and passionate individual to drive the Crankbrothers PR and Product Marketing Strategy, ensuring new and existing consumers are educated on the benefit of Crankbrothers product worldwide. " (Learn more.)
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The Rider Firm
Ecommerce Trading Executive

"The Rider Firm has created a new role of Ecommerce Trading Executive and is looking for a commercially astute, ambitious individual. This exciting role is wide-reaching and requires an inquisitive and analytical mindset with fresh and innovative thinking. Based in the Ecommerce team, your insights will traverse the business - data and a focus on the rider customer will be at the heart of what you do and how you make your decisions." (Learn more.)

Salary: £25,000 + significant bonus (depending on experience)
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Velosolutions
Project Manager

"We're on a roll and we're looking for reinforcements for our Project Management Team, which coordinates all of our Pump Track, Bike Park and Trail projects around the world." (Learn more.)
Kris Kyle




Santa Cruz Bicycles
Payroll Coordinator

Santa Cruz is on the hunt for a new Payroll Coordinator who "will support the domestic payroll processes for our 250+ domestic employees. The ideal candidate has experience supporting payroll for a multijurisdictional workforce with a high degree of global and domestic mobility." (Learn more.)
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Stan's NoTubes
Tech Rep

Stan's NoTubes is currently looking for a Tech Rep to "provide expertise, support, and education at events in the cycling community. The Tech Rep will plan for future events as well as provide customer service support when in the office." (Learn more.)

Salary: $40,000-$50,000 per year




Giant
Global Digital Marketing Specialist

Giant's new Global Digital Marketing Specialist will need to "coordinate and implement global brand and product marketing digital campaigns and initiatives. To accomplish this goal the Global Digital Marketing Specialist will be directly responsible for the following marketing activities: (1) Web and Social Media Execution (2) Content Development Support (3) General Global Marketing Support." (Learn more.)

Salary: $50-60k (annually)




Pivot Cycles
Quality Control Technician

Pivot is on the lookout for "an individual with strong mechanical skills and the ability to maintain high-quality standards with high attention to detail. As a Quality Control Technician, you will be responsible for checking and maintaining the quality of our products so they meet or exceed our standards and manufacturing guidelines. " (Learn more.)




Santa Cruz Bicycles
Wheel Assembly

If you take a Wheel Assembly job at Santa Cruz you will be "joining a passionate and fast-paced team that has a solid commitment to excellence in hand building bicycle wheels.

We are looking for someone who likes technical and repetitive work and a passion to work on a great product. " (Learn more.)
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Vista Outdoor
Global Supply Manager - Bell + Giro

As a Global Supply Manager for Bell and Giro "you provide leadership on continuity of supply in-line with FY revenue plans. In this positions you will interface with internal R&D and product teams as well as our external suppliers to develop and deliver components on time and at cost." (Learn more.)




Orbea
USA Project Specialist

"Orbea is looking for a hard-working, organized, and passionate individual with an enthusiasm for cycling and a deep understanding of project coordination to join our team at the Orbea USA Headquarters in Boulder, Colorado as Project Specialist. If you are an exceptional problem solver and all-around great human who is passionate about their work (and cycling too), devoted to keeping pace with the constantly changing bicycle world, then this position's for you!" (Learn more.)

Salary: $40-55k (annually)




PEARL iZUMi
Brand Marketing Coordinator

PEARL iZUMi is currently looking for "passionate like-minded people, fueled by an innate desire to work in an environment focused on team success. Whether your role is to create, to sell, or to support, careers at PEARL iZUMi give you an opportunity to make a difference." (Learn more.)

Salary: $50-60k (annually)




The Pros Closet
Senior Full Stack Engineer

A Senior Full Stack Engineer at The Pros Closet will "design, implement and maintain new features within an Agile development environment. This includes eCommerce execution and fulfillment, finance, internal operations management, and strategic partnership integrations. All aspects of systems development, design and deployment will be involved. " (Learn more.)

Salary: $110-150k (annually)




BMC
Email & DigitalI Campaigns Manager

BMC are on the lookout for a new Email & DigitalI Campaigns Manager who will need to:
· Meet regularly with internal stakeholders/brand managers to identify their marketing and commercial goals, especially regarding customer acquisition and retention
· Help design, coordinate, and activate evergreen, ad hoc, and promotional campaigns in service of the above
· Work with internal and external resources to produce high-quality content to distribute across all email newsletters, drips, and journeys
· Pro-actively devise complex campaign timelines and scheduling, and manage their deadlines
· Assist with last-minute and ad hoc requests to meet changing commercial goals
· Execute and manage multiple campaigns according to multiple brand marketing and commercial KPIs
· Leverage multiple data sources to understand customer segmentations, and analyze email and digital campaign performance in achieving larger organizational goals
(Learn more.)
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Trek
European Retail Marketing Specialist

Trek is looking for someone to "act as a key level of marketing support for the Direct Owned Trek Stores (DOTS) across Europe. This will involve collaboration with the Trek stores and within Europe on all marketing activities – from campaigns and outbound communications through to in-store events. " (Learn more.)




WiggleCRC
PDI Technician

WiggleCRC is hiring a PDI Technician to help with the "assembly of bikes in line with PDI process." (Learn more.)
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Madison
Junior Digital Designer

Madison wants a "super creative well-rounded Junior Digital Designer to join our in-house Marketing Team. You will be brimming with fresh ideas and have incredible typography and layout composition skills. You will be responsible for the creation and delivery of responsive digital projects from emails, web content, social assets and display advertising for both our B2B and B2C sites." (Learn more.)
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Shimano
PR & Communications Specialist

Shimano is looking for candidates who are "passionate about placing stories about our products and services line up in consumer and lifestyle spanning print, online and broadcast media. In this role you will not only pitch stories but you will identify and create story opportunities by engaging with different stakeholders across the business who are focused on scaling our business." (Learn more.)
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Scott
Senior Apparel Designer

Scott is currently hiring for a Senior Apparel Designer who is "confident in leading and designing whole collections around coherent themes and product briefs and collaborate with our team to ensure design feasibility from concept to realization. In this position you will lead other designers and be accountable for their output and execution." (Learn more.)




Whyte
Graphic Designer

Whyte has a vacancy for a Graphic Designer who will be "responsible for conceptualising and bringing to life innovative and creative graphic design elements that elevate our bikes and enhance brand perception, by ensuring Whyte adopts a visually appealing and high impact brand. " (Learn more.)
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Norco Bicycles
Bicycle Design Engineer

Norco Bicycles is looking for a Bicycle Design Engineer to "manage multiple full cycle projects from inception to production." (Learn more.)
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190 Comments

  • 204 1
 Robes paying someone $40-55k to work in Boulder. The job sounds like they expect someone to have a major impact throughout project life cycles with the ability to work across multiple disciplines. What they deserve is someone who is trying to escape working at Walmart for $20/hr and what they want is an operational wizard who will work for pennies
  • 41 0
 Damn autocorrect. Orbea not robes
  • 46 0
 I agree they can’t really expect someone to live in Colorado w 50k.
  • 40 0
 It's going to be a very similar situation around the rest of the bike industry, unfortunately. I can personally speak about Trek, who routinely pays employees 60-80% the market rate. It sucks and is a major reason why I'm not in the industry anymore and why their turnover is huge.
  • 39 0
 @Mntneer: That's it. I'm calling Robes from now on. I used to call them Old Bay after the popular seasoning from Baltimore. I probably did too many drugs as a kid.
  • 16 0
 @hellbelly: Crap, i have an Orbea Rise on order and now i have to start calling it Old Bay.
  • 42 0
 Specialized offered me 50k to move to Morgan Hill, bike companies are severely out of touch.
  • 9 1
 They shouldn't have moved from AR. That salary would be workable there.
  • 27 0
 With a median home cost of about a million, it will only take 100% of your pre-tax salary over 25 years to pay for a house! Whatta deal!
  • 15 0
 Aybe they expect them.to commute from Pueblo every day.
  • 81 1
 @Theysayivebeentheone: Thing is there is always a handful of younger guys/gals who's parent's just happen to own some nice house in Boulder that they let their kid live at rent free, and he/she has the "old" 2018 Audi that was mom's before she upgraded. You can live on 50k in Boulder if your only expense is weed and tickets to shows at the Fox.
  • 15 0
 @WhiteroomGuardian: yeah, that’s the kind of employee that $55k/year gets you for someone with a bachelors and two years of management experience. Probably better off not hiring anyone at all
  • 44 0
 @wako29: Tons of companies do that and call it "competitive" market compensation.

I once did an interview with such a company and I asked if they would consider my performance competitive if it was 60-80% of what others do?

I didn't get an offer.
  • 31 0
 @Mntneer: Same thing is happening up here in SWMT. Better to just pay some kid straight out of college with no experience and have crazy turnover rate instead of pay a qualified person a fair wage. Remember when corporations nurtured young talent with fair wages and held good employees for 30+ years? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
  • 8 0
 @WhiteroomGuardian: Stubhub prices for Billy Strings in Colorado will def creep into the herb fund.
  • 20 5
 If we give them the benefit of the doubt and they play at their ceiling:

$55,000 --> Taxed to $45,600 --> Average rent (2000x12) brings it to $21,600 --> some food (400/mo) brings it to $16,800 --> Must have a bachelor's degree add some student debt for $1000/mo. You'll have $4,800 left to spend on clothes, gas, transportation, car payments, etc.
  • 1 0
 @WhiteroomGuardian: ya, barely tho
  • 20 0
 Job description: We will vaguely describe anywhere from 5-10 job responsibilities that used to be jobs performed, each, by one person. We offer only modest clarity on the parameters of each responsibility as we need to maintain the advantage of plausible deniability when discussing future compensation. Expect to fail to live up to these "mildly" unrealistic expectations and burnout within 2 years of being hired. Salary commensurate with only one of the job responsibilities listed (the lowest paying one).
  • 2 0
 @WhiteroomGuardian: Freakin gold right there! Seth would be proud.
  • 3 0
 But you probably get a sweet employee discount?
  • 5 1
 @angelofverdun: optimistic numbers
  • 3 1
 So true plus you will hardly ride, ruin your overall health sitting or standing all day inside under artificial light..so factor in PT visits, need to get glasses, increased hospital bills and all that sedentary living stuff..broke and broken! Not at all worth it.
  • 6 1
 @5afety3rd: Intentionally optimistic to show that even in the most 'golden path' scenario, it won't be enough.
  • 5 0
 @WhiteroomGuardian: precisely. This is the same thing that happens with ski patrollers (fresh in my mind because I was hearing about them striking) - thing is, with niche jobs in "cool" industries, you will always have someone who is cool with the poor pay. Unfortunately for the bike companies that means they are severely lowering their pool of applicants.
  • 4 0
 @angelofverdun: if your car payment is $350 that $4800 left to spend turns into $600. ($350/mo x 12 months). That's a conservative example, as of 2021, the average monthly car payment in the U.S. is $575 for new vehicles and $430 for used vehicles.

Do you have kids? Do you have a medical condition with expensive treatments? Do you have a family member that requires care? There's a lot more to "living wage" than Rent and Food. You say "you'll have 4800 left over to spend on x, y, z, a, b, c" when in reality just one of those extra expenses wipes out anything you have left. (not arguing or attacking you or anyone else, just trying to make a clear example)
  • 3 0
 @wako29: I’ve also had the same experience with the industry. I’ve worked for multiple brands most recently a consumer direct brand new to the US at the time. On the outside looking in it seemed like a dream job. International travel, attending all the major Freeride and DH events. All the bells and whistles but in reality I was working 70 hours a week and making less then 40k a year while trying to survive in Southern California.
  • 4 5
 I love pinkbike - no sarcasm. Last week Orbea (robes) raises their prices and everything loses their minds. This week they post a job and now all industry jobs pay too little. Am I the only one seeing the irony here? Go ahead and tell me the “industry” owners are swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck.
  • 1 0
 @txcx166: Old Bay Robes!!!
  • 2 0
 @txcx166: as Orbea are owned by the Mondragon cooperative... maybe we expected better than some Chinese or Dutch multinational?

You will also notice Noone is complaining about what the full stack development role pays.

Companies made record profits. Then cut pay, or kept it low. Saying we can't afford it the whole time. Most of the companies raising prices made record profits.

The whole $15-19hr is mostly a scam to kick you off of unemployment then pay you 7.25 again once there is no safety net.

I would pay more if people like me made more.

Orbea moving to Boulder then continuing to pay Arkansas money is the problem.
  • 1 0
 Unless you're a software engineer and want to work for the evil empire (Backcountry) then you're starting off over 150K/year.
  • 2 0
 @eplanajr: that is not true at all. I’m not a software engineer, but I am a scrum master/scrum product owner. I work with a pretty wide array of devops and software engineers. Even with experience, the global and US averages for both positions is less than $150k.
  • 2 0
 @eplanajr: I'm currently a software engineer (full stack web applications) in my 3rd year of professional work. My first job out of college paid $53k, as a full time software engineer, and I was not a contractor. I am on my 2nd position and vastly increased my income, but I'm still not even sniffing $100k. I live in Pittsburgh PA and work for a large company.
  • 3 0
 @ream720: In total agreement... you simply took point a step further as to what I was trying to illustrate. When I stated that $4,800 would be left, it was basically saying nothing is left for 'everything else' where it seems some understood it as me defending and justifying the position as a positive cash flow. 1000% it is an optimistic take on what the budget would look like... just to expose how ludicrous this is when everything is goes 'as planned'. But that's not life.
  • 1 0
 @spinzillathespacelizard: This^

They want the boulder lifestyle but don't want to pay the piper.
  • 1 0
 @trialsracer: Its not just "cool" jobs in "cool" industries. Just getting a proper paying job in a "cool" mountain town is hard to come by these days. Lots of people want to live in these towns, and they will take a lower wage to be able to live in a mountain town. It's frustrating for professionals who need to support a family and buy bikes/skis and gear for their growing children, and would love to live in a mountain town or work in a "cool" industry, but that's just the way it is.
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 Looking for fair starting wage in the cycling industry located in Broomfield, Colorado??

Planet Cyclery is a fast growing company looking for passionate and skilled team members to grow with us. Every year has been a bigger year than the last, with only more growth in site. With the rapid growth and popularity of the Cycling Industry, we are looking for cyclists who want to use their knowledge to accel their career with us as we grow!

Up to $21/hour starting wage depending on experience.

E-Mail Resume to daniel@planetcyclery.com

Health Benefits

Remote Opportunities (after 6 months)
  • 2 0
 @Mntneer: I thought you were meaning to say "rubes".
  • 1 0
 @angelofverdun: And bikes, but you might get a discount on that.
  • 94 0
 Salary rates in cycling are ridiculous. Basically working in this industry is a lifestyle job for those who don't actually need to earn proper money - Which seems especially awful when the industry has had a massive boom over the last couple of years and profits are doing well. A shame really.
  • 84 0
 Well they did state they're looking for passionate individuals, not someone looking to make a living.
  • 41 0
 @gadabout-garth: The amount of times "passionate" is used. That cliche needs to get dumped.
  • 43 0
 Yeah I used to think the industry discount was sweet, but then I realized pretty quickly that I'd rather be making more money and just pay full retail price.
  • 27 1
 I think it's common knowledge that this industry is a lifestyle choice, but to say you can't make an honest living from it isn't really accurate. I struggled financially for years in shops but was lucky enough to land a gig at a major player 5 years ago. Perfect? Nah, but I do get to ride my bike a lot, pay a modest mortgage and play with the latest and greatest stuff. More importantly I work in a team with like minded people who all enjoy riding mountain bikes and bringing products to market. Not saying I couldn't make more elsewhere, but there is a lot of value in liking what you do.
  • 14 0
 It's mad that bikes, and everything to do with bikes (Clothes, bike passes, protection) all costs so much yet jobs in the industry pay so little
  • 12 0
 No wonder we get all the technologies from auto and moto industries something like 50-100 years later lol
  • 2 3
 I've realized that I can leave my brick-and-mortar cycling retail job here in Mississippi, take an entry-level remote gig in the cycling industry, nearly double my salary, and probably only have to focus on half of my current job description. The only struggle is having your entire network be around the southeast, where these companies continue to flee from.
  • 20 1
 @rrolly: Passionate is code for someone willing to work at below market wages because they company is 'cool'.
  • 11 0
 @thepwnstar39: This. Spent six years in the industry and finally moved out. Enjoyed the perks of free bikes/discount and the community, then realized that the same job outside of the industry pays enough to buy three more bikes at full price.
  • 4 0
 @plume: this resonates. I'm a dad with a mortgage and blah, blah, blah....but I'm friends with a bunch of guys who work at Revzilla, which is an motorcycle ecommerce company and they seem to have a blast. You're working with people who share common interests, the company itself is always organizing trips and events, plus you have a pre-built friends group for rides and stuff. They grumble about the pay a bit, but mostly stick around because its such a rad setup.
  • 3 2
 Supply and demand! They are clearly finding people that will work for low salaries. I once was very passionate about working for a bike company but after I finished university the student loan needed to be paid! People have different situations and goals... you'll need to make some sacrifices if you want to work in the industry... if you don't want to eat cat food twice a week you might consider taking a risk and starting your own thing!
  • 11 5
 You will always find a loser to work for low wage. I was that loser. When you are young and alone in a new town you’ll be stoked on almost anything. Most kids have no idea od their value. Yes when you start you know crap, have attitude and usually don’t deserve much. But if you have worked for someone for a year or two and you still have no family, it means that you are capable of pumping over hours, cover up for those who can’t. So if you can utilize this opportunity and argue well, then your salary should grow very rapidly. That’s the perfect world that doesn’t exist. The problem is it takes many years to realize your value.

I had the opportunity to met a few top dogs in bike industry, changing managerial roles like gloves and wouldn’t like to work with them for any money. Maybe it’s Californian thing. I talked to a few nice people too so not everyone is an a*shole there. But in general this industry stinks for a mile. Would never recommend any of my kids to get into it. Particularly because working in bike biz does mot mean you will ride more.

There are better paid and more meaningful jobs out there offering more free time. I doubt whether there are many companies like let’s say OneUp Components.
  • 9 0
 @rrolly: you know what i'm passionate about? having disposable income and not living paycheck to paycheck just to tell people that i work at [insert cool brand] for a living. they should try that passion instead.
  • 1 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: It's not for everyone, but it worked out well for me!
  • 4 0
 @calmWAKI: I met a super nice dude at Retallack when I was there that was a director level at one of these kinds of places, I'll leave it at that for details. Said he lived in Dana Point. Now, I dunno the dude's personal situation... family money, wife's career, etc... and this was like 7 years ago now, but even back then everything in OC was absurd and Dana Point is a nice place. Maybe you catch a break compared to Laguna, Newport, etc... but not THAT much at all really. I figured hey... director level, directors at my job make over $200k... married to a woman with also a nice career with that kinda dual income? sure, that seems possible to stretch that kind of mortgage each month. Now, I seriously don't get it. Either there's a huge director/VP to worker bee pay discrepancy at this place, or I dunno how the hell he lives there unless he inherited a house from his parents that they owned for 40 years (cause I know a few Cali kids that basically had that happen to them when their parents retired and moved away). Even with $400k, the mortgage on a $2m house is eating into those paychecks heavily. Bringing home $20k after taxes and immediately shipping $12k of it off to a mortgage company each month is bonkers, let alone bills for upkeep and taxes on that place, then the usual living expenses and any semblance of fun. Who knows, but I DO know if you go on Zillow there's not even a condo cheaper than $650k there right now... nobody making $50k is living in Dana Point, Laguna, HB, Irvine, Lake Forest, or anywhere else remotely close to any of those offices down there. I imagine the exact same for any place around SF or Seattle or Denver.
  • 1 0
 @gadabout-garth: I lol'ed. good one
  • 6 0
 @Sweatypants: I know nothing about property market anywhere outside of my town. I barely know my own town. But I can tell you that even if you are working as an engineer in upper management of a company like Volvo, you can't afford any fancy property without signing a sht deal with a bank for the rest of your life. You may eventually have parents who bought a villa for nothing in 1980s, and use their property as security for the bank. I don't critcize this, I'd probably do the same for my kids. But the only way to make money for fancy property, two three cars, n+10 bikes, a boat, holidays 3 times a year is to build a company for 10 years and sell it. Or at least become a partner in a company before t's take off. "Salary" pretty much NEVER gets anybody any fancy money.

Now the question is why?! If you have manignful job, healthy family that loves you and you love them, well, you are rich. MTB stoke is overblown. It's a hobby that too many pour too many of their child complexes into. MTB will not save almost nobody from anything. My dad won't love me more because I can lay a pancake over Crabapple bits, or send him a pic of me in Ford Raptor with four bikes on the back, in the middle of some epic mountains.
  • 4 0
 @rrolly: by passionate, they mean you love bicycles so much you live in a van with only your bike, because they pay for nothing more.
  • 6 0
 @calmWAKI: preaching to the choir man, no idea. I've been racing cars/motorbikes more than half my life now, and I love them. I remember when I was still in school talking to a family friend about working for BMW or something, he told me how you think its glorious and cool, then you end up designing a door handle for a 328i as your job or some mundane shit like that. Kinda ruined the whole allure for me. One of my buddies ended up on a Le Mans team for 10 years or so after going to race car engineering school in England, but the pay was shit and eventually the never being home wore him down as well. I interned at XM Radio in grad school, it was a super cool place to work and they paid people well, but outside of that, and applying to "dream jobs" in grad school when I was considering moving to LA as an excuse to do it, I never wanted to really be a part of any of these industries for a living. I'm passionate about not working, and being outside, and playing with dogs, and painting helmets, and tinkering with 2-stroke raceybikes... and none of those pay the bills. I've been on the insider group of a few things I was passionate about before, and the in-fighting and gossip and backstabbing and shit melted the fantasy away when I got in too deep. Personally, I don't want that to happen to mtb's, so I purposely don't get involved at that level. I don't want mtb friends, I don't want mtb jobs, I don't want to be an industry insider... and that way, it can still stay pure and fun to me cause its just me out there in the woods enjoying the day. Different strokes for different folks though I guess.

As far as the first part... just figure, you can't breathe on a property anywhere around where some of these HQ's are in Orange County, CA for less than $1m and after last year's boom, probably closer to $2m now in most of them. There's a few shittier parts of OC, but not many at all, and they're still not that cheap. That's about all you need to know in the scheme of that other post.
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 @rrolly: passionate. Up there with honor. Words that old, rich and powerful folk use to send the young to war or keep them poor.
  • 8 0
 @dirtyburger: let me be a populist and say that teachers, nurses, Firefighters and Police should be paid more. Far more.
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 @calmWAKI: You can take firefighters off that list in Canada (BC, anyway). The majority of what they do here is not fight fires. I know quite a few. Great guys, but most of them have side jobs, not because they need to, but because they can. All this while making $90K+ (FF salary only). The firefighters I know are awesome people, but the how the job is structured is out of whack. Cannot say the same for police and nurses though.
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 @rrolly: there was a trend in Sweden when doctors would work 50-75% which still gave them salary above high rank engineers, all the mortgage with banks licking your ass. I knew one. In 2010 At 60% he still made more than me in 2022 at 100% as project leading architect. He used this 40% for being an actor in theatre. Later on I talked about him another doctor and he got a meltdown. Said: I know this type of fkrs! Half of my staff!
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: Corporate Jargon Translation: "Passionate Individuals." We (the company) are going to exploit your affinity for an activity that brings you joy by paying you less than market value. Your gratitude for receiving said exploitation is strongly encouraged.
  • 1 0
 @dirtyburger: Now that is how you say it!
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I see you're quite passionate about not using the word.
  • 86 1
 round up and not one job at monsanto
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 *Bayer Agri Science.
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 @sunringlerider: this guy is in the know!
  • 64 3
 Tell me you're homeless without telling me you're homeless...

"I work in the bike industry"
  • 10 2
 Is it really homeless though if you own your Van/RV... (speaking from experience , my current experience...)
  • 6 0
 Sweet, officially homeless for five years now!
  • 3 2
 @JarrodB: Bro, kudos to you for living a simpler life. I did the van life in the nineties for a year and it was exhausting. You're not homeless... you are free from the shackles of mortgage and material bondage.
  • 2 0
 @JarrodB: Definitely still the dream
  • 3 0
 "how do you do fellow homeless people"
  • 3 1
 @JarrodB: Technically a Van is not a home... But must be a nice way to live for shure.
  • 9 0
 Boomer to a millenial: Son, when me and mom were your age, we bought this house. But world changed and you need a good salary to afford your own one or you’ll live in a van. Millenial to his kid: Son you’ll need to good salary to afford a van.
  • 1 0
 @voltagerider: Home is where the heart is.

Or so I'm told...
  • 3 0
 I work for an EV motorcycle company, we got plenty of workers that live in their van in parking lot. They’ll let you park there!! What a deal!
  • 4 1
 @calmWAKI: Imagine being a boomer. Having lived in a time when you could own both a house and an RV. And then shitting on Millenials for the world they created for them.
  • 4 0
 @chriskneeland: my kids won't afford an RV. The monthly cost will be almost as much as a rental apartment I live in. I will have a problem blaming boomers for it though. What my millenial friends are doing is even worse. We handed our kids future to boomers so that we can play with fancy toys, eat crap, travel a lot and follow fitness trends. But the worst of the worst is males from late 1990s, at least in Sweden and Poland that I am quite familiar with. Same people who invented outrage culture. 30-35yrs old males with university education. The most entitled batch of humanity out here. Sorry for a blanket statement.

I do see a good trend though. Most newly examinated girls at my work are fantastic. 25-30yr olds. Ambitious, smart, prepared to work hard, take responsibility, get sht done. They listen, they fricking listen! And you see that they listen because they want to use this knowledge to kill rip the sht out of the system. I am optmistic, even though I worry that MIllenials may do loads of damage when they wake up after boomers start dying out for good. I see this already how Millenials munch corporate greenwashing with zero criticism.
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 @calmWAKI: I missed your shit talk here.

You just described my partner... all she has to do is apply a modicum of effort and actually listen and read graphs and everyone is amazed, saving the gov/business millions of dollars in the process. Way easier than post-grad university life and it pays well. The two types she complains about the most are i) boomers that are entitled as f*ck and just don't listen to instructions and assume you can read their mind, and ii) young dumb shits that lick a*sholes and backstab to climb the ranks... managers in the making.

I obviously am too stupid to do the same.
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 @dirtyburger: when it comes to working with lazy powerful boomers and their asucking millenial minions, it doesn’t take much intellect, just a desire to actually do something meaningful and pushing things forward, rather than join the pathetic micro oligarchy. This desire makes you ask right questions about the task at hand rather than wonder about things like ordering which printer paper will position you in the race for managerial position. Just order fkng paper until it runs out! Also, these great girls I work with don’t sit around like a meeting of elders in a tribe drinking some weird tea, wondering how to change the world for the better. They get to work! That’s why they also get burned out for real, due to tota mental exhaustion. Not like Millenial males who burn out due to lack of meaning in life. You get depressed because you are not making a change. That’s cute. That’s because you don’t do sht, spend half of work time thinking how to please your boss instead of fkng doing the job that will please him anyways!
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 I really don’t get it. All these companies over price their products and have been abusing the Global Supply Crisis to rank up their prices even more, but they are trying to pay peanuts to their employees… wtf people. You would expect some of these highly demanding jobs to have a better compensation!!
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flag Theysayivebeentheone (Jan 24, 2022 at 5:27) (Below Threshold)
 I would like a job testing bikes for PB or whomever regardless of the pay tho lol
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 "All these companies over price their products and have been abusing the Global Supply Crisis to rank up their prices even more, but they are trying to pay peanuts to their employees"

Every company is doing this, in every industry. Corporations posted RECORD profits in 2021, while jacking up prices and giving employees pay cuts. Inflation was 6.8% last year. If your yearly raise was less than 6.8%, you got a PAY CUT.

UNIONIZE.
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 @Theysayivebeentheone: that's the problem.... people willing to work for peanuts for a so called "lifestyle"
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 "Laughs in Capitalism"
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flag honda50r (Jan 24, 2022 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 @charliewentoutside: I was with you until that last part. Just don't be whimpy and demand a raise as a result and be prepared for the alternative. Free market works both ways
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 @honda50r: Haha buddy u need to develop some social skills to be able to tell when people are joking.
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 @Theysayivebeentheone: I was not joking. Everyone should unionize.
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 @charliewentoutside: Ok on that, Yes I do agree. Countries like Japan and Germany are pushing for more Unions their economy is way more stable than ours.
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 @Theysayivebeentheone: lol their economies are also a fraction of the US. California alone has almost the same GDP as Germany. Every country has issues so saying "unions for all", or any one size fits all approach for that matter, is a terrible idea.
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 @yami951: So you’re saying that if employees from Walmart, Amazon, Microsoft, n Apple would unionized that would be a bad idea because the US is already rich af? I see what you’re saying but your comment is pretty ignorant taking in consideration at what rate the US dollar is devaluating. Trump put the country 5 Trillion dollars in debt in just 4 years n my buddy Biden is not doing a great job either. So it doesn’t matter how much money we have if inflation keeps going up n big companies keep paying nuts, bc the ones that are getting rich are the top 10% the rest of us keep making the same money n the yearly lil raises that we have are not keeping up w inflation!!
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 @yami951: unions for all is a great approach in any country where union workers are paid, on average, more than non-union. Which is pretty much every country. It doesn't matter what the political situation is, it's just basic logic that when workers can negotiate collectively, they have more leverage and are thus able to get better pay and benefits in negotiations most of the time.
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 @Theysayivebeentheone: I didn't say it was a bad idea if Walmart, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple employees unionized? Not sure where you got that from, but I was pointing out the fact that "unionize for all" is a terrible saying for the mere fact that not everyone works for those companies and there are a lot of small businesses that don't need union workers and their workers don't want to unionize. I work for a great mid cap company with extremely good benefits and there is virtually zero benefit from the 10k+ employees here to unionize because our company is run well, thus nobody would want to.
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 @charliewentoutside: I don't remember bringing up political situations. Agreed that it works for some industries and professions, but saying every worker should unionize isn't right. Sure maybe the bottom of the "below average" should look into it, but for the people who are paid better and have better benefits than union workers, why should they be forced? That has zero to do with politics and I agree that everyone should try to get better pay and benefits.
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 Good to see some salaries listed but would be great if there was more transparency. I can't decide if this is the perfect time to become a Global Supply Manager or the worst time...
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 Colorado requires companies to list “expected” salary ranges (how “expected” translates to reality, I don’t know). I don’t know about other regions. I suspect that requirement the driving factor behind listing the salary and not transparency.
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 @feldybikes: remember Colorado also doesn’t require companies to give health insurance or PTO or any other perks. Unlikely I’ll ever work in that state again.
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 @5afety3rd: Neither does Utah, right?
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 @alflorez1: doesn't mean they don't exist
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 If you're short forget about applying for the position of DigitalI Campaigns Manager!
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 BMC won't be hiring an editor until after PB does.
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 All shops in Mountain/tourist towns are hiring. You get to live in your van, take showers at the local gym. Deal with rich a*sholes all for maybe $20/hr. Dream job apply today!
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 Yep. Saw a job in Carbondale. Looked into real estate/housing and you need $200k just to buy a plot to park your mobile home.
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 it's true. I'm the service manager at the only shop in a small mountain town. I make more than I would at most other shops, but...the cheapest home on the market right now is a $400,000 450 sq ft 1br condo, so I'll literally never be able to own a home here. People are already renting up the extremely limited number of apartments for the summer...in January.
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 $20/hr in a mountain town? good luck unless you have 10+ years of experience.
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 "Executive"... Salary: 25,000£...
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 The jobs that are being transparent on pay(which is a good thing) kinda shows why they have the openings in the first place… these are jobs asking for experience and a degree I’m sure paying 50k…
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 TL/DR: There are enough enthusiasts who are willing to work these jobs for less money just for the fun of it. If you have the means, it can be a lot of fun for a short period.

In 2002 I attended the Bill Woodall mechanic's clinic. One of the instructors was lamenting the dillution of their value by having "enthusiasts" take key roles for nothing. He said he was offered a job as a race mechanic for US Postal for $30K plus travel. He countered @ $35K. Then some other guy entered the picture and said, "I'll do it for free if you pay for my food/travel and I'll even sleep in the van with the bikes." I don't recall anyone's names or if the dollar amounts are accurate.

In 2004 I left my first job out of college at Wells Fargo Financial making $35K (plus lucrative bonuses) to join ABG (Litespeed/Merlin) as inside sales for $22K plus a demo bike! Even though I've moved on and upward (and now make a near Dentist-level salary) I look back on that time as the most fun I've ever had at a job. We launched preownedbikes and did some crazy stuff. Unfortunately it was not sustainable and I left less than a year later. But the relationships I made in the industry during that short time continue to pay dividends and I think I got more than my money's worth.
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 The shop I worked at in college had an employee who left to become a pro mechanic, eventually for postal/discovery, and he did better than $30k per year. Don't know his actual salary, but I was a $14/hour wrench at the time and he certainly made more than me.
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 @sspiff: OK. I admitted I was retelling someone else's story, that I might not be correctly remembering the dollar amounts after 20 years, and I didn't say it was an annualized salary - IIRC it was for a certain race series (let's say the Spring Classics). However, the point of the story, if true, was that someone else took his spot as a race wrench because that person was willing to do it for the experience alone. As long as there are those people out there, labor prices for lifestyle industry work will remain suppressed.
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 There's are plenty of stories of people being ruined by low wages and verbal agreements not being followed through on by people who were in LA's orbit from that time.

I get the impression that salaries were abysmal. Read Mike Anderson's story (LA's wrench and PA in the early 00's), he was promised a bike shop by LA but ended up with nothing but financial ruin.

He did have a store in NZ for a bit, but it closed up.
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 In any industry if a company can get you to sell your time for less, they will. I worked in the industry for 10 years, 30+ if you add in my shop time, with two different manufacturing companies. I left for a job in an entirely different industry and near doubled my salary. Losing the discounts and travel kinda sucked, but now I can afford to buy at MSRP when needed and travel on my own planning. I keep this in mind any time I see a job posting with a company who's product I'm interested in or see an article moaning about how it's hard to find mechanics. The industry created their own labor shortage.
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 Playing Devils Advocate a bit here, but how many of people people posting about salaries here also try and buy stuff at the lowest possible prices from Amazon etc, or use a 'garage mechanic' who has no insurance and / or does a half-assed job because it's their 'passion', yet don't think twice about the mark-ups on coffee, clothing, dentists(!), auto repairs etc? If people accepted that in order to pay staff reasonable salaries, customers also had to accept that stores / businesses also had to work within a realistic mark-up range, then we'd all be happy Wink
You can't expect cheap products / service and then expect providers to pay well. It just doesn't work like that.
I also doubt that Amazon are out there building trails / clearing fallen trees and the like in the pissing rain / snow.
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 lol bro... c'mon...

the "average" bike tested here is always like $4500 and Trek just bought up like every single LBS in the DC-metro area overnight. somebody's making that money. you're lying to yourself.
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 those salaries are exactly the reason why i switched industries after 8 years working for two big global players.
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 Got out of the industry a few years back after almost 10 years in and haven't looked back for a minute. Had some great and not so great times but the pay is laughable across all roles in the bike industry. Hey bro here's a sick discount on a bike and you're going to make less than a McDonald's manager, we will let you drink a beer at work every once and a while too

"bUT uR noT iN iT FoR tHe mOneY"
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 As long as some peolpe will work for peanutbutter and PASSION the salaries will stay at an absoulute minimum.
The problem is that a mechanic will work until they are 30, but they want a place to live, have a family, go on vacation and stuff. But discounts and PASSION does not pay the bills.

Does anyone have an ide how profitable the different brands are? All the money have to get somewhere, and as far as I can read its not in the wallets of the employees.
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 I really hope the graphic designer from Rich Energy applies for the job at Whyte Bikes.
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 What this highlights is that bike industry salary rates are a significant barrier to entry for a more diverse workforce. If the only people who can afford them are either people who have already made their fortune or rich kids whose parents are bankrolling them then it wont in anyway attract those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. With the profit margins at play in the bigger players, they should be leading the way in offering a living wage.
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 Some of the salaries listed are appropriate for a side job
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 I might be able to do one or two of the marketing / comms jobs in addition to my full-time role, yeah.
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 How the hell do people work at Specialized or Oakley or Fox (when it was in OC)? Quicksilver or Vans or Red Bull or North Face? I don't understand how anyone can live where some of those places are making money like this. Even where Cane Creek/Ohlins are in NC is now getting a tad pricey to be making $60k or at least to the point where its not such a "deal" any more to move there from a historically expensive place like DC, NYC, LA, SF, etc... At least Trek is in bumf*ck Wisconsin and you can still find a decent housing deal over that way.

I now understand why I never heard back from some of these industry places a decade ago when I was making way less money and still probably more than they'd have wanted to pay when I had dreams of working a bike industry job. My job sucks sometimes, but not as much as surviving off PB&J's and never being able to afford rent or a mortgage just to wear tshirts to work and get a few discounts. Sheesh.
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 I'm so glad my 26yr old daughter got her DPT and is nowhere near the bike industry. As an electrical contractor I have a hard time finding electricians these days and they make way more than any of these advertised office jobs. Do any of you younger people actually work in the trades?
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 I left the bike industry for an apprenticeship in the piping industry and instantly doubled my income with zero experience
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 I am making more as an apprentice electrician than I was as professional bike mechanic at the top of my game with over 20 years of experience.
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 No, in my experience, trade school wasn't even mentioned when gen-x was in high-school. The admins had removed all the trade programs from my high-school before I graduated in '89. The last year you could take Wood Shop, Small Engines or Print Shop was '87 or '88. I think that's when the US gov't started getting into the student load biz/scam...cuz boy oh boy did the school admin/teachers push the useless college liberal arts degrees something fierce. It was seriously looked down on to not be going to the U of Whatever. A buddy who graduated at the same time took over his dad's 1-man HVAC biz and never looked back. If I had a kid I'd be encouraging them to learn a trade and open their own business. The job security and upward mobility of white collar jobs in America isn't what it used to be, what with globalism and all.
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 Props to some of these companies posting salaries but those are rough to live off of. I know it's Southern California but friends have told me that Canyon is paying more than that just for basic Sales Agents.
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 The real lesson here is to learn programming if you want to make a decent salary.
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 You still make peanuts unless you're a true expert. My first gig out of college was well under $60k sadly. In a large metro area.
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 I don't know about overseas, but in the US, the bike industry has low barriers to entry and resembles a pyramid/ponzi scam. The base of the pyramid is very wide and tip is exceptionally pointy. There's a constant influx of Alternative-lifestyle types for shop rats and retired/semi-retired boomer/yuppies eager to squander retirement funds opening another artisanal waffle/guitar-repair/gravel-bike shop. Unless you're getting into it at the engineering, supply-chain or financial level, I'd advise, stay away from the Bike "Industry", unless you're looking to be someone's trophy spouse.. a lot a fit dudes, married to nurses, lawyers and interior designers in the USA bike "industry".
  • 3 0
 The pros closet paying double what any manufacturer is paying (different jobs i know, but still its noteworthy) is akin to spotify paying 200 people 150k+ while the artists whose music they stream make peanuts. It's as 2022 as it gets.
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 Hey, cool, at least one of these jobs pays enough to allow the employee to participate in this sport. The others will just have to watch others ride bikes and hope for a raise soon.
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 Pay rates aside, the Fox link that @mtba11day posted has 158 jobs listed. Fairly wide scope 158. All North America but that's a lot of spots to get doing something if you needed to get money coming in. I'm sure they're all under a "fair" market wage but still.
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 So one is getting paid quite well for stacking clothes in a professional closet?!?

American job descriptions are kind of weird
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 Sent Pivot some earnest emails about working with them over the last couple months. Actually showed up in-person to establish qualifications. Talk about Pivot could care less. Unfortunately, its a #PivotLes situation as far as mutual respect.
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 Having worked for 4 Brands over the last Decade plus, I can say that pay is currently being branded based on desperate. Let the bike industry figure their shit out and figure a decent wage, not one dictated by loaded owners and pandemic conditions. It sickens me everytime I have to say things like this, but the truth is that the bike industry as a whole has set itself up for self destruction. Just my 12 cents (if you know, you know).
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 Billion dollar acquisitions going down, sales through the roof, bike costs rising exponentially, yet they all pay their staff like fucking peasants. We all know who's winning here. Demand more for yourself. Keeping the biking as a hobby and find something else to do with your workday.
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 Props to the companies that actually listed a salary range, even if they are a bit on the low side...
  • 5 0
 Cycling industry taking a page out of the ski industry's pay rates lmao.
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 Would love to see the balance sheet of three bike companies in different tiers of market share (i.e. Revel, Yeti, Trek) so that we can understand exactly where the money is going. I know that margins are thin, but these salaries are pretty horrendous.
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 I was going to apply for the Pro's Closet position but then remembered I'm only a Senior Half-stack Engineer.
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 Only 1 other bike industry company has had a worse job posting for developers than the one for Pros Closet above... and that was Pinkbike/Outside.

Pro's Closet really thinks 3 weeks vacation is enough? Wow a day off on your birthday that's gonna sway me for sure. They probably provide pizza parties in the office too, since I didn't see anything about remote options. You're asking for a 7+ year experience software engineer and these are the benefits and time off? Sad af.
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 WELCOME TO THE Bicycle INDUSTRY!!! WHERE MANUFACTURES TOOK AWAY OUR ONLY BENEFIT AS BIKE SHOP EMPLOYEES (PRO/EMPLOYEE DEALS).

BE SMART KIDS DON'T DO IT!!!
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 I have been riding/racing since 2003. I have worked at a couple small shops and it was difficult. The management/owners didn't care much about things and kind of ruined wrenching for me. Not saying this article is strictly about wrenching on bikes just giving my thoughts. I loved seeing how happy people were after working on their bikes but management would make me build bikes fresh from the distributor for hours on end, 30 ish min per bike, rushing it all the time and sometimes messing things up. Every time i get involved with an industry i truly enjoy, working it in ruins it for me. I am sure not all managers/owners are like that but its hard to find a cool boss. Lots of folks get into the culture, end up making money, and forget about how much fun it is. Ever had a shop manager tell you "customers cant give you beer as a tip, only cash"? pretty lame-o

I despised angry customers working on lower end bikes (literally Walmart bikes) because new parts or replacements were often more expensive than the owners anticipated.

if any shop owners/managers read this, please take care of the wrench folk that actually care, some times its the best part of our day.
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 Looking for fair starting wage in the cycling industry located in Broomfield, Colorado??

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Up to $21/hour starting wage depending on experience.

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 Rippers Lounge Racing is looking for a bartender. Pay is non existent but the beer is free!
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 Kids, if you're going to do bikes as a professional, I'd advise leaning math and Asian languages. That'll put you in the corner office in 5-years instead of 15 (if ever).
  • 3 0
 $ 75,000 to drive a truck ... bro
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 Just don't do it. Don't work in the bike industry.
  • 1 0
 Here's a great link to industry jobs that is updated frequently

www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list/?category=69
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 category = NICE.
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 sales sales sales... not thank you... worst job ever ( after garbage man ) is the sales Big Grin
  • 1 0
 You guys have contracts in the bike industry?
Worked 8 years in different worldcup Teams
mostly without any contract
  • 2 0
 Yikes... The industry pays horribly. At least one ones advertising pay.
  • 2 0
 Profile Racing is hiring CNC operators. Just sayin. Sunny Florida.......
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 Looking for an industry job in germany working with one of the most driven teams and all the awesome brands?!
Apply here: www.sports-nut.de/jobs
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 too far south for me
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 @mandingo18: Hey Mandigo, wir suchen z.B. auch einen Muc-Off Brand Ambassador West und noch nicht mal online -> Nord-Ost. Da wäre Bremen keine schlechte Base. Schau mal rein: www.mtb-news.de/jobs/job/sports-nut-gmbh-2-muc-off-brand-ambassador-west-m-w-d
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 Welp, I guess there's no inflation in their salaries...
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 Got any part-time jobs? I could use one Smile
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 Pros closet salary is low for a Sr
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 Well shit! No shortage of janitors…yet!
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 Woud prefer 19 parts in stock
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 It's a trap!!!
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 Nope... bummer.
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 Selling bikes to dentist does not pay very much...
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 PRAY FOR APRIL
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