It’s a time-honored practice to tip your mechanic with beer (or something equally tasty) as an incentive to go above and beyond or to show your appreciation for a job well done. But what’s the etiquette? We interviewed more than a dozen shop employees, owners, and customers. Here’s your guide.
|Your Flat Tire Fixed Two Minutes Before the Store Closes||Basic Repairs, But Your Bike is Covered In Mud and Grime||A Hard-To-Find Part For Your Out-Of-Date Hub||A Guided Tour of Top-Secret Mountain Bike Trails||To Borrow Tools So You Can Do Your Own Minor Repairs||Drivetrain Overhaul the Night Before a Race Or Road Trip|
|Recommended Tip||Show your appreciation by returning the next day with a bomber of IPA.||Few things evoke muddy ‘cross racing like a 25-ounce bottle of Flemish Ale.||Scouring the Internet takes time. A six-pack of hearty ale will ease the burden.||You’re buying your guide a beer at his favorite postride hangout.||Celebrate the DIY spirit with a growler from your local brewpub.||It’s a big ask, so bring a case of easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing craft beer.|
|Ideal Brew||Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, $9||Duchesse de Bourgogne, $14||Dale’s Pale Ale, $11||Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, $6||Anything seasonal, $12||Left Hand Milk Stout, $42|
|Alternative||A $10 iTunes gift card||A bag of artisan-roasted coffee beans||A basket of freshly picked fruit||A tin of homemade cookies||A copy of your favorite cycling book||Dinner-for-two gift card|
Source: Bicycling (www.bicycling.com)