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Bicycling Careers(6 posts)

Bicycling Careersx
Dec 5, 2001 9:25 AM
Other than the obvious of working in a LBS, what careers exist in the bicycling industry? Also, how much does a typical bicycle shop owner make?
The best way to ruin a hobby is to make it your jobTig
Dec 5, 2001 9:54 AM
That's not true for everyone. I know several LBS owners and managers who have been in the business for many years and wouldn't do anything else. They usually don't get anywhere close to rich, but a pair of owners here have expanded to 4 shops and I'm sure they net 6 figures personally. The hours can be long and full of problems. Someone with excellent engineering and welding abilities has a chance of doing OK as a frame builder. You need to have a mentor to learn the insides of the craft first. The only way to make real money there is to be bought out by Trek or Litespeed! Racing professionally is like playing in the NFL... many desire it but few make it into the limited slots on a team. I know a few bike product rep's that do OK. They have to travel extensively within their sales territory and usually have prior sales experience.

Most people keep it a hobby and sometimes contribute time to their local club or volunteer at centuries or races. Finding a nitch to fit into with an LBS or a frame building business can be a tough undertaking.
Messenger...[nm]Ahimsa
Dec 5, 2001 10:06 AM
mechanical engineering- develop cool new stuff. nmC-mond
Dec 5, 2001 10:47 AM
re: Bicycling Careerslap3
Dec 6, 2001 4:47 PM
If you're proficient in computer aided drafting like AutoCAD, SolidWorks or Pro-E, you can do pretty fairly well. I've done it on the side for a small company because they used to reverse engineer their products. Anyways, like most manufacturers(regardless of the line of work they're in), there's always need for inside/outside sales reps, marketing department, R & D/Engineering, shipping & receiving, etc... So, the opportunities are there but I don't know if there's a lot of them around.
re: Bicycling Careerslap3
Dec 6, 2001 4:48 PM
If you're proficient in computer aided drafting like AutoCAD, SolidWorks or Pro-E, you can do fairly well. I've done it on the side for a small company because they used to reverse engineer their products. Anyways, like most manufacturers(regardless of the line of work they're in), there's always need for inside/outside sales reps, marketing department, R & D/Engineering, shipping & receiving, etc... So, the opportunities are there but I don't know if there's a lot of them around.