compensation: hourly rate plus potential for pay multipliers employment type: full-time
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Red Alert! Red Alert! Your fellow bike nerds in Saco sure could use a helping hand.
If you know of someone who: has tons of experience getting paid to get greasy, is looking for a year-round position and (most importantly) is an all-around good person, please share this post and ask them to get in touch.
What's it like working at MBW? Probably not like any other bike shop in New England for starters.
As lifelong bike mechanics and bike shop rats ourselves, we've tried to build the type of shop that we would want to spend our time working in and hanging out at even if we weren't getting paid to be here.
We thrive at, and make our living doing the things that other more traditional mass market bike shops won't or can't do. Lots of collaborative build-your-own bike sessions, bunches of frame-up builds, stacks of repair lessons, a sole focus on bikes not bikes/skis/snowboards and we offer 55+ niche bike brands to geek out over. Of course, just to make things interesting, we do all the above while addressing 97% of the tune-ups and repairs that come through our doors on the spot opposed to asking folks to drop their bikes off. With an open repair shop, our customers get to see what we're doing to their bike and they often participate in the repair, so we need to be as good teachers as we are mechanics.
We have big future plans and sure could use another super-experienced, easy going, and friendly mechanic who's interested in joining us for the ride.
The role requires someone who can after a little bit of schooling on the MBW way, is comfortable being involved in all aspects of a retail and repair shop (often by themselves) as we regularly work independently of each other so prior retail (specifically bike shop retail) experience is a must. So to sum up, the ideal candidate will already posses a high level of bike repair, bike building, and bike sales skills. This isn't the role for someone who hasn't previously been paid to repair bikes professionally.
Hourly rate plus additional monies per hour added on for relevant mechanical aptitude and retail soft skills to bring the pay in-line with other local Southern Maine retail opportunities. The shop is growing fast so additional duties and responsibility will be available and compensated for as the role changes.
For the last 3.5 years we've only opened the showroom 4 days a week as a way to throttle the amount of business that came through the door since we would have gotten way too busy if we had opened for 5 or more, but once we hire someone to give us a hand, we'll be expanding the showroom hours in the early New Year to 5 to 6 days a week.
Ability to work at least one day on the weekend (currently Sat, but we may open on Suns too in Feb) and occasionally (but hopefully rarely) both Sat and Sun as we are in the retail game after all.
Check out our website and socials for a better idea of how we are trying to do things a little different down here in sleepy Saco, Maine.
We can start the right person tomorrow, but if you are currently employed elsewhere, we can also wait for you to give the appropriate advance notice to your current employer so as to not burn any bridges. You'll be needing to provide us with some strong professional references if we make you an offer.
I'm sure you'll have lots of questions so give me a shout by email. I'll probably ask you to describe your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to your mechanical and retail soft skills, so give that some thought. As mechanics ourselves and as folks who have worked in 6 or 7 shops each, we know that no one can be experts at all aspects of the bike industry, but knowing in advance what your strengths and interests lay will help us decide how well you'd dovetail with what we are currently doing here.
Looking forward to speaking with you.
What is Maine Bike Works?
Maine Bike Works is a touring, bikepacking, and fatbike focused shop located in sleepy old Saco, Maine 15 mins south of Portland, ME and 45 mins north of Portsmouth, NH at Exit 36 of I-95 right on Route 1 in Saco. We specialize on collaborative frame-up and customized off-the-shelf builds for fellow bike nerds wanting to build up their own bikes to tour, grind, bikepack and ride fat on. If its touring related and geeky, we dig it.
We speak Rivendell Bicycle Works, Co-Motion Cycles, Salsa, Kona, Surly, Jones Bikes, Lauf, Crust, Moots, Velo Orange, Soma, Rodeo Adventure Labs and 51+ other brands. We aim to keep in stock every bikepacking bag and accessory that Revelate Designs makes and a curated line of outdoor bags and gear from Ortlieb, Salsa, Topeak, Blackburn, King Cage, Jones and all flavors of Good-To Go dehydrated food as well.
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