PBMA is excited to introduce you to our Mechanic of the Week, Aaron Goss, of Aaron’s Bike Repair in Seattle, Washington!
For those of you just tuning into #mechanicmonday, this is where we feature one mechanic each week, chosen at random from nominations submitted the week before. It’s all about mechanics supporting fellow mechanics!
This week’s Mechanic, Aaron, was nominated by his Seattle-based colleagues. He’s been a professional for 29 years and a shop owner for nearly 20. Aaron chose to invest in his own shop in 1997 “because he was tired of working for others who did not care as much about proper bicycle service and repair as he did.” He named the shop Aaron’s Bicycle Repair so that it would be the first business listing to appear in the pre-Internet phone book. And the rest, as they say, is history…
Aaron’s company logo is a road bike (which was his first “real” bike) and a stylized wrench. Several years ago, Aaron and his team started specializing in internally-geared hubs. They have serviced nearly every hub on the market for the last 50 years, and Aaron personally creates and curates an online library of exploded diagrams and layouts of each hub. The library is accessible for free on Aaron’s shop website, with his entire goal being to help others navigate the intricacies of internally-geared systems. Aaron’s library has grown organically, and has captured the interest of amateurs, other mechanics, and industry professionals alike. Patrons from all over the world send their hubs to Aaron and his team for repair. NYC CitiBike Bike Share program and Sturmey-Archer have also reached out to Aaron, and he is collaborating with them as a consultant to train other mechanics.
Truly a man who is passionate about his craft, Aaron’s friends promise us that he still keeps his hands dirty every day at the shop, and they say they can’t imagine him ever retiring.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing mechanics supporting fellow mechanics, so we encourage you to join the conversation: Post a picture of YOUR favorite mechanic and tag us @probicyclemech, #probma, or #mechanicmonday, or nominate him or her to be featured in next week’s post!
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