Volunteering: Assistant Bike Mechanic

The volunteer bike mechanic role in Bike Revolution presents a great opportunity to increase your understanding of various types of bikes, how they work and how to keep them in good working condition.

A successful and proven bike recycling project, Outfit Moray’s Bike Revolution takes bikes that are either in disrepair or just unused, and refurbishes them for re-sale, ensuring they meet strict in house quality standards. The workshop is always a very busy place, with bikes regularly being recycled, refurbished or repaired.

Volunteers will work alongside a team of highly trained and experienced bike mechanics, gaining quality experience from our professional team and, once past the initial induction phase, volunteers can look forward to learning how to diagnose and repair problems as well as assisting the mechanics in the day to day running of the workshop.

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What skills do I need to be able to help?

No formal qualifications are needed for this role, but some degree of familiarity of the anatomy of a bike would be an advantage to avoid excessive training and man hours, not to mention a willingness to get your hands dirty and bringing a ‘get stuck in’ attitude.

Bike maintenance can be very much a problem solving role, so experience in this can be a greater advantage than actual mechanic skills. An induction phase would be your first step in this role, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and help decide if this is for you.

What training and support will I get?

We offer the opportunity to work with professional mechanics, and gain practical work experience repairing and preparing bikes. In the longer term, we would consider helping volunteers who have demonstrated commitment in working towards a professional mechanic qualification.

I love bikes. I love riding them, I love cleaning them and I love fixing them. That’s why I went on a Bike Maintenance course to learn proper skills to keep my own bikes in tip top condition. With my new found skills I wanted to get more practice and Bike Revolution provided the perfect venue to hone these skills. The mechanics have shown me different ways to apply my knowledge on bikes of all shapes and sizes. Volunteering there has been more rewarding than I expected. Taking bikes and refurbishing them into fixed and rideable machines is incredibly satisfying. Some of the donated bikes are in good condition and just need a service, whilst others present more of a challenge to return to a road worthy condition. It’s these bikes that I really get a chance to get my teeth into and oily hands to boot. Knowing that one of the bikes I have fixed has been sold and will be enjoyed again makes me really happy.

Everyone at Outfit Moray and Bike Revolution has made me feel welcome and part of the team. All are truly dedicated to this great charity, professional to a fault and have a great sense of humour. I always look forward to my next day volunteering and the challenges it will bring.

Mark, Elgin