[TheThinkTank] Paying People who Refurbish Bikes
cyclista at inventati.org
Fri Nov 27 03:32:18 PST 2020
We had an offer open to mechanics we deemed to be working at or near
professional levels, wherein they could be paid as contractors at a
living wage to fix up bikes for sale.
It was thought of as a win/win because people who would otherwise have
been repairing bikes for free would be getting paid, and the shop would
get a lot more out of it financially than it was putting in, since what
defined a bike set aside for fixing up to sell was that it had to meet
the criteria of being repairable in an hour or two. We also considered
offering a set price per bike instead.
In any case, no mechanic ever took us up on it, not sure why. You might
talk about this with your community and find that it seems more likely
to work in your situation.
On 2020-11-26 23:39, Tegan Moss [B!KE] wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> B!KE does not currently pay anyone to fix bikes. We do not have any
> members who do repairs for clients or refurbish bicycles to sell. Our
> hundreds of refurb that get completed each year are currently done by
> We have occasionally talked about how to compensate volunteers who are
> particularly prolific bike builders. What do other shops do? Do you pay
> people to refurbish bikes? Is it per bike or per hour? Are all bikes
> the same amount? Are all bike builders compensated equally?
> If you have a system that is working well for your shop I would be very
> interested in talking to you about what you do. Please send me an email
> this is something you'd be open to talking about.
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