Help Wanted

Benefits include: Voice in the Company (we work collectivly), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time, Friendly Shop Atmosphere, Great White Center Location, Temperate NW climate, Top wages paid (DOE), Purchase Discounts.


Email Resume and Cover Letter to aaron@rideyourbike.com

Shop Description

Rat City Bikes is an open atmosphere repair shop (the repair benches are not hidden in the back room). The shop is extremely clean and well organized. We sell bikes, helmets, limited clothing (T-Shirts and Cycling Caps & Gloves) and all parts & accessories but primarily focus on quality repair. Our Tune-Up motto is - Your bike will work better than new! We do it right the first time. The repair benches are the first thing the customer sees when coming in the door. We own nearly every bike tool known! The customer is welcome anywhere in the shop We strive to make folks feel comfortable and don't use techno-babble unless the customer is fluent (example: We call the Bottom Bracket the "Crank Bearing"). White Center is like a small town and we know a lot of customers by first name. We treat everyone equally with respect and dignity.

Job Descriptions

Apprentice Mechanic Full Time

Part or Full Time. Starting pay $15 per hour.

Must be highly motivated, mechanically inclined, outgoing and career minded.

We are looking for an apprentice mechanic who loves bicycles. You will learn every aspect of bicycle repair and to build wheels. You must not have an elitist attitude about bicycles, meaning: if you only want to work on the expensive fancy bikes, look elsewhere. You must work well with people and not mind if the customer watches you work (you will understand this better when you see our shop in person). You are extremely organized and clean. You are friendly and a good listener. Being out-going is a plus.

You WILL read a lot about bicycle mechanics! You will have reading assignments and expected to report what you have learned. After your apprenticeship you will move to Journeyman status and have a full time, year round position. This is a career position and the candidate be responsible for their own continuing education and advancement, but you will be assigned reading and homework! However, the main drive must come from your own desire to learn bike mechanics through study and reading. We have an extensive professional library at the shop for you to select books from.

Testing, lots of reading, study and peer review will be included in your regimen. Three month reviews will test your resolve and knowledge. After 2 year apprenticeship is completed you will become a Journeyman Mechanic and after 5 years Master Mechanic status will be earned. Higher pay will accompany your advancement. Experienced Professional Bicycle Mechanics earn $25 to $30 per hour or more!

Graduation from United Bicycle Institute or Barnett Bicycle Institute is a plus but not required. These schools give you a good foundation and show that you are willing to learn and are motivated to do a good job, but they are only 2 week courses.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: customer service, general bike repair, house keeping duties, opening and closing procedures, being an environmental & recycling steward*.



Professional Journeyman Or Master Mechanic Full Time Starting pay $15 per hour.

2+ years shop experience for Journeyman required; 7+ years shop experience for Master required . A highly motivated, mechanically inclined, and career oriented person. You must be willing to learn from senior mechanics and be open to our method of bike repair. You do not have an elitist attitude about bicycles. If you only want to work on nice bikes, look elsewhere. You work well with people and do not mind if the customer watches you work. You must be clean and organized. You are friendly and a good listener. You love to read about bicycle mechanics. This is a career position and the candidate control their own education. You will be assigned reading and homework, but the main drive must come from your own desire to learn more about bicycle mechanics. After 5 years (or less DOE) with us, you will receive Master Mechanic status. Testing, lots of reading and study and peer review will be included in your regimen. Higher pay will accompany each 6 month review.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: customer service, general bike repair, house keeping duties, opening and closing procedures, being an environmental & recycling steward1.



Owner / Master Mechanic

Aaron Founded the bike shop on April 7th, 1997 and has 33 years experience.
He also helped found Bike Works a year before in the winter of 1995/96

Aaron does it all, but his passion is bicycle repair. Don't mistake his focus for rudeness! He doesn't mind if you watch him work, but needs elbow room! Aaron rides to work everyday.



Master Mechanic

Val passed away on August 10th, 2011

Val was the owner of Bikesmith that used to be on 45th in Wallingford.



Everyone's Responsibilities

* Caring for the environment is important if humanity is to continue to exist. It is EVERYONES job! It includes making adjustments to your work life and home life. It means doing things like recycling, using less, buying in bulk, and conservation (using less energy is very important). Right now humanity uses way more energy than the earth provides. We are using hundreds of years worth of energy (in the form of fossil fuels) every day. It cannot go on much longer. Driving a car too much is bad for the planet. The less we do of it the better. Riding a bike doesn't hurt the planet at all. Not even a scratch! Everyone can ride a bike, or a trike or a recumbent or a recumbent trike or a hand cycle or an ebike. Our main goal is to encourage bike use for daily transport. If you are unable to ride sometimes, take the bus!