Position: Custom Bicycle Builder, Bike Mechanic, Sales Person, All-Around Nice Person (Year-Round, Full-Time)
[Q: WHAT'S THE CLOSING DATE? A: Whenever we find the perfect match for our customers and shop. We'd can start the right applicant as soon as tomorrow, historically however, we've been very picky about who we'll ask to represent Maine Bike Works so we are willing for wait. If this rambling job posting is still up, get applying as we'd love to hear from you.]
A little about us:
We've worked hard over the past 5 years to establish a non-snobby, no-attitude-allowed culture with both our customers and between us colleagues, so whomever joins us will have to understand that we are aiming to be a different type of shop than pretty much anywhere else on the planet.
All of us love building, selling and working on bikes, but we all love helping people more. We also aim to be a very low volume shop who doesn't try to be all things to all people as there are 18 traditional shops in our area who better cater to the general cycling enthusiast, but that doesn't mean we are snobby or elitist in how we help folks, so if you are the type of person who enjoys showing a neighbor how to put training wheels on their kid's bike just as much as building up someone's dream $10k adventure bike, then you'll probably dig working here.
What you'll get in exchange for your time, energy and considerable previous industry experience:
Pay will be better than in-line with non-management bike work here in Maine which is to say less than you could get if you were working at a bike shop in Boston, NH, VT (or let's face it, anywhere outside the bike industry), but a heck of a lot better atmosphere and much better long term prospects than working at a regional cycling chain or a big box store somewhere. We've set this shop up to be centered around making MBW an enjoyable place to spin wrenches and as a lifelong bike mechanic and retail worker myself, it's always on my mind to find ways to better compensate our employees for the business's continued success. The showroom is open Wed to Sat 10 to 5, so plan on circa 30 hours a week to start, though by the Spring we'll probably end up adding a few extra days to the the showroom opening times which will mean circa 40ish hours a week. The successful candidate will need to work at least one day on the weekends as this is retail after all, but I'm doing everything I can to keep from needing to open on Sundays to give us time with our families.
MBW is a very casual / laid back place by design, but here are some MUSTS that the successful candidate will possess without exception:
How to apply:
If you think you'd fit the bill, applying is as easy as reaching out right now.
TO APPLY. Send me (Jason) an email at
TOP TIP #1: This is your opportunity to sell yourself and it's the only resource we'll have to judge your communication skills as the role will have a lot of interaction with remote customers over the phone and by email, so it's worth putting a little effort in it.
TOP TIP #2: As this role requires someone who can hit the ground running, you'll definitely need to have have recent experience getting paid to work on bikes in a bike shop for us to consider your application and as much as people would like to think that their time spent working on cars / motorcycles / trains (real story) are equivalent substitutes, they are not. Same goes for advanced degrees in electrical and / or mechanical engineering and those summers you spent working on bikes as a kid. So please keep this half-tongue-in-cheek in advice in mind before applying as this is an advanced position and not a first-time-working-in-a-bike-shop position.
If you want to chat more about the job before you apply, just reach out by email. Just make sure you tell me a little about yourself in your introduction, so I know you have the minimum experience listed above.