This month is bike month and we are teaming up with UW transportation services to promote bike commuting. Come catch us on Rainier Vista every Monday of May from 4-6 PM with our mobile bike maintenance trailer.
Additionally, we have some classes on the calendar. The classes will be the next three Tuesdays: May 8, 15 and 22. Check out the classes page for more info.
Our hours are back to normal this Spring Quarter, Monday to Friday, 11 AM – 5 PM.
Come on in and take your bike out of its winter hibernation and get ready for another beautiful Seattle spring and summer!
Look for us set up on the Burke Gilman trail this coming May with our mobile bike repair trailer. We’ll be working with UW Transportation Services to promote bike commuting for bike month! More details to come.
Starting August 18th, we will be closed until September 18th when we reopen for fall quarter.
We have contacted everyone whose bikes are at our shop by telephone, but there are still a few bikes left in the shop awaiting pickup. If we still have your bike, please email email@example.com to set up a time to meet one of our mechanics at the shop so we can return it to you. We can not be reached by phone due to the fact that the shop is closed, but will check emails regularly.
Have a great break and we’ll see you again in the fall!
We are happy to announce that the application for mechanic positions at the Bike Shop is open! We are hoping to bring on 2-3 new mechanics starting as soon as possible. While mechanic experience is helpful, it is not a necessity; after all, we are a teaching shop. What’s more important is an enthusiasm for learning and teaching others how to work on bikes for themselves. The application will be open for a week, and can be found here. See below for a description of the job and the preferred qualifications:
Bike shop mechanics are expected to be able to multi-task repairs and customer service, to be aware of all the services and activities offered at the bike shop, and aware of the rules and expectations of employees of the ASUW. The bulk of the job will require repairing bikes, but there is also significant walk-in traffic and customer relations to manage. Equally important is a mechanic’s ability to teach others how to repair their own bikes, so patience and communication skills are a must. Mechanics are expected to ask questions where they don’t know the answers, and to actively seek improvement of their understanding of the mechanics of bicycles.
- Perform repairs of client bikes, and inform customers of any necessary work or safety concerns with their bike.
- Teach members of the UW community to repair and maintain their own bicycles.
- Keep the merchandise front stocked and maintain a working knowledge of all of the products sold by the shop.
- Write sales receipts for parts, work and merchandise such that accurate records and inventory are maintained.
- Keep a clean and organized work space, and ensure that students and staff who use the facility do the same.
- Inform students of services available at the Bike Shop, including informing students of any workshops.
- Review and adhere to conditions of employment as stated in the ASUW Personnel Policy, the signed ASUW Memorandum of Understanding and the Student Employment Handbooks. All actions must also follow the laws and procedures set by ASUW, SAO and the State of Washington.
- Previous bicycle repair experience (either with the ASUW shop or commercial shop) highly recommended.
- Customer service experience highly recommended.
- Extensive current knowledge of a wide variety of bike types, accessories, tools, etc. is preferred.
- Oral and written communication skills, patience and ability to teach.
- Must be a UW student enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate or 4 graduate credits or on leave as defined by Executive Order 50.
- Must be able to work a minimum of 5 hours per week while classes are in session.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or concerns.
We’re changing it up a bit: our summer quarter hours will be Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
We open back up on the 19th and will be open until school is out in August.
We are excited to announce that beginning the first week of May, we will be hosting repair and maintenance clinics every Monday night from 5:00p-6:00p.
No sign-up required, bring your bikes and bring your friends!
The schedule is as follows:
5/1: Shifting and braking systems: Learn to adjust brakes and gear shifters, and learn to diagnose some common problems you might encounter on the bike.
5/8: Safety and general maintenance: Learn to identify the things that might make your bike unsafe to ride, and learn how to take care of your bike to get the best mileage and value from your components.
5/15: Wheels: Learn to change tires, tubes, broken spokes, and true wheels. Learn to identify when your wheels need service or replacement.
5/22: Bearing systems: Learn to tune bottom brackets, wheel hubs, and headsets. Learn to identify when these critical systems may need maintenance or replacement.
More classes may be added based on demand. Please email email@example.com with any questions or suggestions!
…This Thursday, at 5:00 pm to finish in the shop. They’ll run for an hour or so, no sign-up required.
Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, 10/27 (Week 5): Wheels/rims/tires/tubes/truing. Fixing flats, checking wear, using pumps.
11/3 (Week 6): Brakes and shifting. Anything that has to do with the gear systems and stopping systems on a bike.
11/10 (Week 7): Bearing stuff: de-mystifying hubs, bottom brackets and headsets.
11/17 (Week 8): Safety and TBD/miscellaneous.
11/24 (Week 9): TBD, likely how to clean a bike.
12/1 (Week 10): Dead week.
All for now, apologies for radio silence, and thanks for reading!
We will be opening applications for a mechanic slot at the shop. With one of our current guys leaving end of Fall quarter, we’ll have an opening and will start accepting resumes around week 7/8.
Will post more info as we get further into the quarter.
We are closed next week, June 11 – June 19, and we will re-open June 20 for summer quarter. Our summer quarter hours are 12 – 5, Monday – Thursday.
The application to be manager of the bike shop for next year is now open! If you are passionate about bicycles, and you can see yourself working hard to make cycling on campus as easy and accessible as possible for the UW community, this is a very unique opportunity that I strongly believe is both the most challenging and most rewarding job a student could have on campus.
While experience at the ASUW Bike Shop, or general experience working on bikes or at another bike shop is desirable, NEITHER are required.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the position! Apply here by Sunday, April 10.