Long time pro mechanic who is much better at fixing bikes than riding them.

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lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2020 at 10:29
Jun 26, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
My personal hours got cut back so far I had to go get a second job bartending just so I could make rent.
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2020 at 10:24
Jun 26, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
@mosierman: you're not completely wrong, but you're definitely not completely right either. The shop owners at the shops I've worked at were definitely not hurting. The one I described above for example has done an excellent job of creating a community in our city and I respect and appreciate them for that. They have done amazing work for our cycling community. On the other hand, the thing that made me decide it was time to go was my last year there. That year the owners bought a new Mercedes sprinter van for the shop (ok fine, we needed a new vehicle for event support to replace the aging box trailer we had been using for years) but then also bought their daughter (who was just working sales in our tied in outdoor gear shop) a brand new specced out Nissan Murano as a grad present, and a brand new specced out Audi Q5 for the wife of the couple while he was driving a 2 year old Ford F250. Right after she started showing up in that q5 they cut everyone's hours or laid off some of the younger guys because we "hadn't made enough money that year". Somebody was clearly making money, but it definitely wasnt the staff.
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Jun 24, 2020 at 11:41
Jun 24, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
@iantmcg: You're telling me... Not at all out of the ordinary. The guy who is above me at my current bike share job has basically the exact same story.
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Jun 24, 2020 at 11:30
Jun 24, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 12 - What's the Future of Bike Shops?
Mike Levy, when you open that shop call me. I worked in shops for 10 years and finally left normal shop life to go run operations for a bike share. Even after 10 years of wrenching, and being the "lead" mechanic for the last 3 years, I was the point man on all high end electronic drivetrain/hydraulic brake/ suspension services and holding tons of industry certifications, I was still only making $14 an hour with out any benefits at all and was one of the highest paid mechanics in the shop. I didn't WANT to leave, I basically had to leave for another job that would pay more and have benefits. I still get calls from a lot of that shops race team members and my old regulars asking if I will do work for them. If you guys want to dive deeper in to that subject you should get a hold of James Stanfil with the Professional Bike Mechanics Association. They've been trying to figure out ways to address a lot of those issues for the last several years.
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Jun 11, 2020 at 10:43
Jun 11, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?
@brianpark: it's not fair to name your self for comment gold. Just saying.
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
May 13, 2020 at 9:56
May 13, 2020
lyfcycles dan-roberts's article
Apr 28, 2020 at 15:12
Apr 28, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Over-Forking, Missing Bolts & Anti-Squat Energy
Did you just have a stroke? Do we need to call someone for you?
Apr 25, 2020 at 8:35
Apr 25, 2020
lyfcycles mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2020 at 6:35
Apr 14, 2020
Review: Kona's Fresh Hei Hei Can Make Cross-Country Fun - Pond Beaver 2020
Came here to ask the same thing. What's the verdict? Fun Country or Down Country?
lyfcycles GuerrillaGravity's article
Apr 1, 2020 at 6:44
Apr 1, 2020
Guerrilla Gravity Announces New 'Municipal Haste' Townhill Bike [April Fools]
@William42: "The people I know with Gravel bikes are all millennials that used to go out riding in the woods when they were kids, road bmx and mountain bikes and dirt jumpers in college, and then got full time jobs, kids, responsibilities, and didn't have as much time to ride during the days. So having a bike you can spend some time on dirt on, spend some time on the road on, and not have to waste time driving for is pretty cool." You just described me. I'd still rather ride my mountain bike, but in just the 2ish hours round trip of driving to the nearest legitimately good trails, I can go put in 30 miles of a mix of mellow single track and dirt/gravel roads. Especially in the middle of the U.S. gravel bikes make WAY more sense than true road bikes, plus the bulk of serious racing in this region is on gravel/dirt roads.
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