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Bicycle mechanic (level 2)

Building, repairing and servicing all kinds of bicycles.

Level
2
Equivalent to GCSE
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
£7,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use specialist bicycle diagnostic equipment to identify fault and formulate a plan to solve the problems; identifying when it is uneconomical to proceed
  • Use cycle workstand correctly to safely and securely hold a bicycle on the appropriate part of the frame
  • Service a cup and cone type hub, identifying worn parts and correct replacements
  • Remove and replace sealed cartridge bearings using appropriate tools
  • Service cable operated brake systems, correctly sizing and routing cabling using the correct spare parts and torque settings
  • Bleed open/closed hydraulic brake systems
  • Service derailleur gear systems, correctly sizing and routing cabling using correct spare parts and torque settings; straighten a derailleur hanger
  • Tap the crank arm threads
  • Identify the different standards of cranks and bottom brackets; remove and replace crank arms, bottom brackets and tap and face the bottom bracket shell
  • Identify chain wear; assess compatibility issues, taking account of chain line and correctly split and install a quick link based chain
  • Tape road handlebars
  • Remove and replace a set of forks, taking account of the correct way to cut a fork steering column to size. Hydraulic fork servicing, disassemble/clean stations and cartridges and re-grease properly
  • Remove, replace and service a headset, taking account of sizing standards
  • Perform alignment checks to a bicycle frame
  • Hand-build a wheel of differing complexities (for example from simple 3-cross to manufacturer specific wheel systems) in the patterns required for non-disc, front disc and rear disc to the required tolerance and correctly dished and tensioned
  • Set up, servicing and adjustment of internal hub gears
  • Conduct quality assurance check of build/repair work completed
  • Complete handover once of completed build/repair is finished, including advising on further and future work required, changes to operation, required on-going maintenance and complete paperwork as appropriate
  • Serve customers/clients on any required area of the store; refer them on to a more senior colleague or to ask for help; seek after market sales
  • Communicate via suitable means with customers (telephone, text, email, social media) in order to ensure good service is maintained
  • Use catalogues (hard copy and online) to identify parts and order to fulfil customers needs
  • Use manual system and workshop diary and complete any associated paperwork
  • Deal with complaints, following employer and manufacturers policies
  • Identify when something has failed or is not fit for purpose
  • Maintain proper tool maintenance and general workshop cleanliness and tidiness

Full information on Bicycle mechanic (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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