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    Bicycle Mechanic/Service Manager needed in Hood River

    I apologize if this is an inappropriate place to convey this information. If so, just let me know and I'll delete it.

    Anyhow, being that I am currently unemployed, I have a tendency to look for job every so often. During one of these rare instances, I came across the following post on Craigslist for a bike mechanic in Hood River and thought someone from here might be interested...


    Bicycle Mechanic/Service Manager (Hood River)
    http://portland.craigslist.org/grg/trd/1259975908.html

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    Seeking experienced (2-3 years MINIMUM) bicycle mechanic to fulfill role of Service Manager for successful full-service shop in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, one of the country's fastest growing mountain bike destinations that also has a strong road and ever-growing multisport scene. Position requires knowledge of suspension set-up, service and repair, wheel-building skills, and strong problem-solving ability. In addition to overseeing the timely completion of repairs and maintenance of the rental fleet, the Service Manager will also work in conjunction with the Buyer to ensure a consistent supply of repair parts, shop consumables and also the fulfillment of customer warranty issues. A strong work ethic, follow through, attention to detail, ability to work in a team environment and a good sense of humor are all critical to the role, as well as a strong sense of customer service.

    Position is full time. Pay according to experience. Benefits and relocation assistance available.


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    I wonder which shop

    Oh, and they will pay you $8 an hour plus all the BS you can stand. Good find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Oh, and they will pay you $8 an hour plus all the BS you can stand. Good find.
    Debbie Downer strikes again. Dude, seek help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Oh, and they will pay you $8 an hour plus all the BS you can stand. Good find.
    Wow!

    If only we all could have an occupation as noble as yours.

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    Should I bother mentioning that the Performance retail store in Tualatin needs another mechanic? Neil, the primary guy, is an excellent, long-time wrench, but Performance terminated the second mechanic and now they need someone *reliable* to help Neil.

    Dang... I'm spending too much time in bike shops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    Debbie Downer strikes again. Dude, seek help.
    Beers on me for a month if you can get Jaybo to use that as his signature line for a year.

    Seriously.
    Whining is not a strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    Beers on me for a month if you can get Jaybo to use that as his signature line for a year.

    Seriously.
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    GO apply

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    Debbie Downer strikes again. Dude, seek help.
    It may be $10 an hour and no benefits. Sorry to be the bearer of reality. You find that objectionable fine.

    Jaybo

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    You are 50?

    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    Beers on me for a month if you can get Jaybo to use that as his signature line for a year.

    Seriously.
    Right? Carry on

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    Debbie Downer strikes again.

    Nice one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    It may be $10 an hour and no benefits. Sorry to be the bearer of reality. You find that objectionable fine.

    Jaybo

    You know what? I do find that objectionable. This is a bike forum. There are a lot of people here who work in shops, have worked in shops or value people who work in shops. Why do you feel the need to disparage their chosen line of work? Because they aren't getting rich? Let's say I make more money than you. Does that mean I should be looking down my nose at you? Does that mean you are wasting your life at a crappy job?

    I worked in the bike industry for over ten years. I didn't get rich but I did have a blast, worked with cool people, rode a lot, got good deals on parts, enjoyed a flexible schedule and did something I was good at. It isn't all about money.

    You seem to have a little trouble with bike shops in general. Most people like going to the bike shop. I think you must be doing it wrong.

    Lastly, If you could please take kosmo up on his signature suggestion I would REALLY appreciate it. I am heading to Whistler this month and my bar tab is going to be enormous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity

    ...Most people like going to the bike shop. I think you must be doing it wrong...
    +1. I've got a pretty decent career these days, but my bike shop days were the best days of my working life, hands down.
    Also, the streets are full of horizontal dropouts...

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    I apologize

    What I said was rude. My point was working at a bike shop in Hood River is like waiting tables or some other survival job. It is tough. I know, good money is relative and some would not show up to my paltry State job due to the pay.

    Jaybo

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    FWIW, I think the job is at Discover Bikes. Nice shop, good people, great trails in the immediate area. May not be the final step in your career path, but there are worse places to be.

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    shop life

    If you are a bike person, there is no better place to be. Money isn't everything. Life is short, and bikes are rad. Some people love to work on bikes. Some people love to complain about everything on the internet. Figure out what makes you happy and go for it.

    If I live to be an old man, and I look back on my life, which memories will I hold onto? Days spent in the shop with cool people, good vibes, and dialing in the mechanical devices which bring people immense amounts of joy? Or the days spent filing TPS reports in a little grey cube and trying to get my escape by staring at images on this glowing rectangular screen?

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    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by AW_
    If you are a bike person, there is no better place to be. Money isn't everything. Life is short, and bikes are rad. Some people love to work on bikes. Some people love to complain about everything on the internet. Figure out what makes you happy and go for it.

    If I live to be an old man, and I look back on my life, which memories will I hold onto? Days spent in the shop with cool people, good vibes, and dialing in the mechanical devices which bring people immense amounts of joy? Or the days spent filing TPS reports in a little grey cube and trying to get my escape by staring at images on this glowing rectangular screen?
    Man, I think trying to get some anal retentive roadie's front derailleur to shift correctly could be stressful. Go work in a bike shop for a while and report back. I would love to see you put feet to your words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Man, I think trying to get some anal retentive roadie's front derailleur to shift correctly could be stressful. Go work in a bike shop for a while and report back. I would love to see you put feet to your words.

    Jaybo
    I guess if you don't know how to adjust a front derailleur, then you probably wouldn't enjoy the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Man, I think trying to get some anal retentive roadie's front derailleur to shift correctly could be stressful. Go work in a bike shop for a while and report back. I would love to see you put feet to your words.

    Jaybo
    Bo', think windmills. While your dream job would be climbing windmills, for others it is working and being around bikes and people who share the same passion. I personally, wouldn't like working in a bike shop much for the very reason of having to deal with the episodic, demanding, obsessive/compulsive cyclist, but would be cool to dig on bike stuff most of the day and get paid, even if it is not a whole lot. My dream job on the other hand, would be to be a mapmaker or topographer, which very well may be another person's nightmare.
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    What I said was rude. My point was working at a bike shop in Hood River is like waiting tables or some other survival job. It is tough. I know, good money is relative and some would not show up to my paltry State job due to the pay.

    Jaybo
    Fair enough. I was pretty harsh but I do appreciate someone who is big enough to say when they were wrong.
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    As a mechanic mechanic currently working in Hood River, I would have to agree with Jaybo. The pay does suck, there are no benefits and in general, the person whos bike you are fixing are impatient, unappreciative and disrespectful. I've been wrenching on bikes for over a decade, in numerous shops and cities, and I must say that this is the least satisfying city to be a bike mechanic in.

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    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by jgusta
    Bo', think windmills. While your drem job would be climbing windmills, for others it is working and being around bikes and people who share the same passion. I personally, wouldn't like working in a bike shop much for the very reason of having to deal with the episodic, demanding, obsessive/compulsive cyclist, but would be cool to dig on bike stuff most of the day and get paid, even if it is not a whole lot. My dream job on the other hand, would be to be a mapmaker or topographer, which very well may be another person's nightmare.
    Man, those windmills would be great for fitness and not having to deal with idiots. I don't know, you might do well as a tour guide or a maybe at the help desk at some local hospital at their IT desk Both would be great career fields for you.

    By the way, I drove across the Hood River Bridge wondering how much fun a kite board would be. Hmm.

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    Tell me where you work

    Quote Originally Posted by jmeldrum26
    As a mechanic mechanic currently working in Hood River, I would have to agree with Jaybo. The pay does suck, there are no benefits and in general, the person whos bike you are fixing are impatient, unappreciative and disrespectful. I've been wrenching on bikes for over a decade, in numerous shops and cities, and I must say that this is the least satisfying city to be a bike mechanic in.
    I'm actually very good to mechanics when I get stuck. I have enjoyed the service at Discover Bikes. I tip a good mechanic who can do stuff I can't figure out.

    Jaybo

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    Came across this the other day.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Actually

    Quote Originally Posted by swift
    Wow!

    If only we all could have an occupation as noble as yours.
    Most folks could or would not do what I do. My job is rather noble.

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    Actually

    Quote Originally Posted by AW_
    I guess if you don't know how to adjust a front derailleur, then you probably wouldn't enjoy the job.
    I'm not worth a damn with getting front derailleur's to shift well. Exactly what is your point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Came across this the other day.
    That is effing hilarious.

    -If you shitheads had any money, you wouldn't NEED a vintage Poo-zhow to get laid. Go have an ironic mustache growing contest in front of American Apparel, so that I can continue selling $300 bikes to fatties, which is what keeps the lights on.

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    Damn, that is funny. Makes me want to work in a bike shop.

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    They should make everyone read that before entering a bike shop. Fing awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Came across this the other day.
    I think I supervised that guy; I miss that guy.

    Brock...
    Are the wheels roundish? Ride it.

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    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Came across this the other day.
    The neighbors wife might look good but you don't live with her

    Jaybo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    The neighbors wife might look good but you don't live with her

    Jaybo
    Thats the beauty of it.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    funny

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    Debbie Downer strikes again. Dude, seek help.
    Give him a break.
    Being a Social worker isn't easy or safe. His optimism levels are lacking on this board because they get consumed up visiting/dealing with all the finer nesters of sw washington!
    Last edited by freebiker; 07-25-2009 at 01:18 AM.

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    He should know

    Quote Originally Posted by AW_
    I guess if you don't know how to adjust a front derailleur, then you probably wouldn't enjoy the job.
    I showed him about three weeks ago how to adjust it. From limit screws to cable tension. I felt compelled to after he told me he had to take his rig to the shop just for a front der. issue.

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    Hey, dude

    Quote Originally Posted by freebiker
    I showed him about three weeks ago how to adjust it. From limit screws to cable tension. I felt compelled to after he told me he had to take his rig to the shop just for a front der. issue.
    Yaw, I can do it. You are the master of the front derailleur. Just having fun ruffing the nobs. Riding Hospital later. You working?

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    yeah

    when you headed out?

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    That link is the funniest dam thing I have seen in a LONG time. THANK YOU for taking the time to write it all down. It's all so accurate I could puke!

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    Awesome CL post.
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    I have enjoyed the service at Discover Bikes
    Yes this is all very funny.
    Unfortunately for me; I have a two month old bike I bought at Discover Bikes that they screwed up so badly I can't ride it. $2600 right down the drain.
    With a decent bike shop; you're out the door and on the trail. With Discover; it will be out their door and into the County Courthouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo613
    Yes this is all very funny.
    Unfortunately for me; I have a two month old bike I bought at Discover Bikes that they screwed up so badly I can't ride it. $2600 right down the drain.
    With a decent bike shop; you're out the door and on the trail. With Discover; it will be out their door and into the County Courthouse.
    What exactly did they mess up?

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    What exactly did they mess up?
    The rear hub. It was coming apart; I asked them to tighten it because I didn't have a 19mm cone wrench. They cranked down the cone nuts without looking at it and now the wheel is so off center it won't fit in dropouts.
    There have been other things; I asked for replacement brake pads because the ones that came on the bike were scoring the rotors. Even though they had the pads hanging on the wall, they wouldn't swap them out. I had to go directly to Hayes for help. The chain broke as well, probably something to do with the rear hub which was randomly seizing.
    Very disappointing to me the local bike shop would do this. Being told by the owner they "are too busy with other customers" to help me is a real slap in the face. I spent $2600 there; not sure how much you have to spend to become a "recognized customer."

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