A na­tion­wide net­work of e-bike tech­ni­cians

The Shed - - Trade news -

We prob­a­bly all know some­one who tools around town on an e-bike. A decade ago they were a rar­ity — now well in ex­cess of 20,000 e-bikes are im­ported into New Zealand each year and bike shops are re­port­ing dou­ble-digit in­creases in sales an­nu­ally.

The only prob­lem with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of e-bikes is that just like any other piece of equip­ment they need reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing to run ef­fi­ciently and tech­ni­cians who can make any nec­es­sary repairs. And there’s the rub — there’s an in­creas­ing short­age of skilled peo­ple who know how to di­ag­nose and re­pair e-bikes.

E-bike re­tailer MeloYelo is fill­ing this knowl­edge and skills gap by of­fer­ing train­ing cour­ses to its associates, as well as other qual­i­fied can­di­dates, so that they can be­come pro­fi­cient in di­ag­nos­ing and fix­ing faults in a wide range of e-bikes.

Post-train­ing, MeloYelo helps qual­i­fied

tech­ni­cians to make con­nec­tions with those in their com­mu­ni­ties who could use their ser­vices.

As well as help­ing to up­skill cur­rent associates, MeloYelo is look­ing for me­chan­i­cally minded peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in train­ing as e-bike tech­ni­cians. They need to al­ready be fa­mil­iar with ser­vic­ing reg­u­lar bikes, have many of the tools re­quired, be able to take part in a two-day train­ing pro­gramme and pay a join­ing fee, and have the time and in­cli­na­tion to earn ex­tra in­come work­ing from home. They also have to live in an area that is not al­ready ser­viced by a MeloYelo tech­ni­cian.

The com­pre­hen­sive train­ing cov­ers bike me­chan­ics, from gear and brake tun­ing through to ca­ble lu­bri­ca­tion and re-greas­ing, bike set-up, and bike electrics. Trainees will also be

fa­mil­iar­ized with com­mon hur­dles en­coun­tered while mak­ing repairs, and how to source spare parts.

On agree­ment with MeloYelo, newly trained tech­ni­cians will be able to join its ser­vice net­work for an agreed fee.

This fee will go to­wards help­ing tech­ni­cians to con­nect with peo­ple who need their ser­vices, with ev­ery­thing from list­ing the tech­ni­cian ap­pro­pri­ately on the web, cre­at­ing web pages, and ac­ti­vat­ing search en­gines, through to sig­nage out­side their work­shop.

MeloYelo as­so­ciate Ken Agar is al­ready op­er­at­ing in this man­ner. He has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion in New Ply­mouth as the go-to man for e-bike repairs of all makes and mod­els. He charges $50 per hour for his ser­vices, and has cus­tomers bring­ing bikes in for repairs on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. In a num­ber of those in­stances, he has been able to sug­gest to the cus­tomer that they pur­chase a MeloYelo e-bike, thus his ser­vice busi­ness is also a great way of gen­er­at­ing sales of MeloYelo bikes (and com­mis­sions).

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