Who is the Best Bike Mechanic?

Who do you feel is the best bike mechanic out there?  We all love our bikes, right….so when it comes time to get them serviced we don’t trust just anyone to do the job.  Some of you out there are knowledgable enough to do your own repairs, but for most cyclists we need to rely on the expertise of others.  But who is the best mechanic out there and what constitutes a great mechanic anyway?

What makes a good bike mechanic?

To answer this question, I thought I’d ask an actual bike mechanic to see what they felt are the attributes to look for.  Chandler Snyder is a bike mechanic from Denver, CO and says that “the obvious qualities of experience and qualifications are key”, but goes on to list these others as well:

  • Honesty – Being able to admit when something isnt right.  Being able to ask for help.  Being able to tell the customer the truth about their bike and the service the shop is providing.
  • Humility – Again, knowing when to be able to admit fault and being able to ask questions.
  • Attention to Detail – It takes twice as long to go back and fix bad work, or mistakes, as it does to take an extra couple mins to do it right the first time.
  • Sense of Humor – Sometimes things dont go right, and you just have to laugh at why.
I also asked my Bicycle Guru friend, Victor from Bicycle Lab for his input as well and his list of what to look for goes on to include:

  • Cleanliness of mechanic and shop
  • Specialization in the kind of riding you do
  • Highly recommended mechanics by others how are similar to you

Who is the best Bike Mechanic?

Okay, so we’ve told you what to look for in a bike mechanic….but which ones out there are so incredible that they just have to be mentioned as expert mechanics?

We want you to leave your comments below letting us know who your favorite bike mechanic is and what makes them so dang good.  We hope to hear from all of you…from around the world so that we know who the best mechanics are out there no matter where we happen to find ourselves riding.

To get things started, we’ve included a few bike mechanics/shops who have been recognized as the best in their city through reader’s poll and voting.

Chicago, IL – Marcus Moore

Chicago bike mechanic, Marcus Moore from Yojimbo’s Garage is a former bike messenger, founder of a local amateur racing team called XXX, and Yojimbo’s owner.  People say “he’s an undeniably great wrench with a laser focus on customer needs, but what really makes him special is his willingness to do anything to help a fellow cyclist—even if that means recommending another shop when he’s fully booked.”

Toronto, ON – Bike Sauce

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