Bicycle repairers fix bicycles using hand tools.
Remember your childhood bike, the one with the bell and only one gear? Ahh, yes, the memories. Some of us had plastic streamers from the handlebars. Others had the extra long handlebars. Well, if you can't shake that memory, you're in luck. Old bicycles are back! Cruisers and choppers (similar to a chopper motorcycle) have made a comeback. Along with the interest in everything retro, old bicycles are being updated and re-released. Or, if you saved your old bike (making you the ultimate in retro style), you could take it in to a bicycle repairer for a tune-up.
Bicycle repairers work on both new and used bicycles. They assemble new bikes that come from the factory in pieces. Bicycle repairers also repair and recondition used bikes to prepare them for sale. They sometimes paint used bicycle frames, using a spray gun or brush. However, their main job is to service and repair customers' bicycles.
Some bicycle repairs are very simple. For example, bicycle repairers repair holes in tire tubes using glue and rubber patches. They repair or replace parts, such as handlebars, lights, and seats. Bike repairers also replace brake cables and adjust brake mechanisms. In addition, they replace or tighten wheel spokes and align wheels. Then they use a truing machine to test the balance of the wheel as it turns.
Some repairs are more difficult. For example, bicycle repairers fix and adjust gear mechanisms, and align the front and rear gears of the derailleur. Gear mechanisms vary on different makes of bicycles, so repairers have to keep up with current models. Repairers also take apart and reassemble axles in order to work on them. They use common hand tools, such as wrenches and screwdrivers, for much of their work. They also use specialized tools. For example, bicycle repairers shape replacement parts using a bench grinder. They straighten bent frames using a special vise and a steel rod. In addition, they weld broken or cracked frames together, using a torch and welding rods.
Bicycle repairers talk to customers when they bring their bikes in for repair. They discuss the symptoms of the problem with customers. In addition, repairers who work in bike shops sometimes work as salespeople. They advise customers about bikes and accessories.