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Old 8th July 2009, 03:53 PM
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I've been stuck doing cage mechanics for a year now, it's fucking shite and I hate it. So I'm looking to become a bike mechanic, that's what I really wanted to do last year but there is no course for it so went for cages.

I've looked on the internetz and the prospect of moving to britland for studies appeals to me

So any of the lads on here done that sort of thing before and recommenced a college that has uni style accomodation and that offers good training

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Old 8th July 2009, 03:57 PM
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best advice i could give is don't, it's a shite job, massive unpaid hours not to mention stress and hassle's.

if ya are prepared for that, best of luck in doing it, but being honest 4 years in collage an cushy office job in the middle of a baltic winter is real appealing lol
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:05 PM
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i done it while i was in school and for a few summers really liked it but the hours were shit the pay isnt worth it (unless you work for your self) and any advice asked for from many bike mechanics was dont do it its not worth it.. most of them even lost the love and interest in bikes just got sick of it .
so as tom said...here i am in my "cushy office " job writting this ;o) guess which road i took..
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:10 PM
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prob best to get a job in a bike shop and learn your trade there. if you can get a job in a bike shop, i prefer to train my self out in the shed than collage
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: Need advice on becoming a bike mechanic

Originally Posted by pert
I've been stuck doing cage mechanics for a year now, it's fucking shite and I hate it. So I'm looking to become a bike mechanic, that's what I really wanted to do last year but there is no course for it so went for cages.

I've looked on the internetz and the prospect of moving to britland for studies appeals to me

So any of the lads on here done that sort of thing before and recommenced a college that has uni style accomodation and that offers good training

Cheers
stick with the cage mechanics. do bikes in your own time. an engines an engine at the end of the day
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:29 PM
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St Johns college in Cork do a full time one year bike mechanics course.
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:30 PM
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...looked into mechanic/scholarship type thingys in the us of a, few years ago, i cant remem if i was to old to apply, or if i had to pay to go, wich i waswilling to do, think was age restriction, was like a placement with official main dealer , or like a suzuki school of mechanics... beats the shit out of cold tools and freezin conditions here in winter.
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:36 PM
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Default Re: Need advice on becoming a bike mechanic

Originally Posted by IridiumTom
massive unpaid hours not to mention stress and hassle's.
With all respect Tom, in the current economic climate it's not just spanner monkeys doing that !!! It sadly seems to be the norm lately in many professions....
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:41 PM
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People who say "if you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life"

these people are full of shit.

I've had plenty of jobs that I started out loving, but the stress and assholes that you meet and deal with on a daily basis will warp your view of it, even moreso now that money is tight everywhere.
Leave the bikes as a source of pleasure, you'll be glad you did,
And sure you'll still be fairly handy at working on engines and stuff after finishing the cage stuff, working on your own bike will teach you a huge amount, the amount I've learned about my own machine from doing regular maintainance often, surprises me.
Its very easy to learn stuff and read up about stuff when you WANT to do it, thats probably why most of us spend so much time on here, But if you HAVE to it, you'd find it very tough going.
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Stone Deaf 4evr
People who say "if you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life"

these people are full of shit.

I've had plenty of jobs that I started out loving, but the stress and assholes that you meet and deal with on a daily basis will warp your view of it

Especially having to work with Bikers every day!!
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Old 8th July 2009, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Big H
With all respect Tom, in the current economic climate it's not just spanner monkeys doing that !!! It sadly seems to be the norm lately in many professions....
has been like that at the height of the boom ask any lad in the trade its a dirty filthy under payed job.

it's the norm now for virtualy every profession alright, but it has been the same old same old for working on bikes
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:02 PM
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I reckon that as peak oil kicks in, there will be more bikes on the road and thus you will need more Bike mechanics.... but I don't believe in quitting, stick with the cage thing first
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:03 PM
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what about fas doing a motor mecanic trade
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: Need advice on becoming a bike mechanic

Originally Posted by Big H
With all respect Tom, in the current economic climate it's not just spanner monkeys doing that !!! It sadly seems to be the norm lately in many professions....
where trained mechanics not spanner monkeys,Ireland has the highest trained technicians in the world,the days of harry molloy are well over
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:32 PM
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im far from a pro but all im sayin in buy a load of wd40 every bike i go near always has 1 hoor of a bolt
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by YamahaTDM850
where trained mechanics not spanner monkeys,Ireland has the highest trained technicians in the world,the days of harry molloy are well over
i think your reading what he's saying wrong or at least i hope you are

think he's saying all proffesions are seeing unpaid hours

i do not like that termanology either
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:34 PM
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im far from a pro but all im sayin in buy a load of wd40 every bike i go near always has 1 hoor of a bolt
my jip is a better penetrating fluid than wd40, its piss
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by IridiumTom
i think your reading what he's saying wrong or at least i hope you are

think he's saying all proffesions are seeing unpaid hours

i do not like that termanology either
O no don't get me wrong i know what he means we all have to put up with cutbacks and unpaid time no mater what u do ,but i always hated being called a spanner monkey after all we are Gods
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:47 PM
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Default Re: Need advice on becoming a bike mechanic

Originally Posted by generalisimo muldoon
St Johns college in Cork do a full time one year bike mechanics course.
any more details on this?
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Old 8th July 2009, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by IridiumTom
i think your reading what he's saying wrong or at least i hope you are

think he's saying all proffesions are seeing unpaid hours
+1 fkn 55 hours constant atm on a wage cut.. was making more on 45 last yr (hidin from spite comments "at least u have a job") recession is sad but its a case of fkn those who do have jobs over and givin em the ol "1000's would take it in the morning" bollox . old fella worked on cages and Bikes all his life didnt see much of em as a small fella tbh.. tbh i couldnt imagine him doing anything else.. the guy could have 3 tubs of grease on his hands.. but he'd cry over a bit of biro

mechanics of any nature seem to get fkd over the worst imo..
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