How Do You Become a Bicycle Courier?

How Do You Become a Bicycle Courier?

How Do You Become a Bicycle Courier?

Becoming a bicycle courier requires obtaining a high-quality bicycle, training physically to keep up with a hectic schedule and studying the layout of the city in which you hope to work. Try a sample day-in-the-life of a courier before committing to the job.

  1. Get the right gear

    A courier's bicycle must be lightweight and should ideally include fixed gear with two hand brakes, reflectors, a powerful light and a horn. An average bike of high quality costs between $500 and $1,000. Also, carry a small repair kit at all times, and know how to use it.

  2. Get in shape

    Erratic scheduling of deliveries means you must be ready for a sprint or a marathon, depending on the day. Get to the point that you can comfortably and quickly make deliveries, while still having enough energy to greet customers courteously.

  3. Learn the lay of the land

    A professional courier never wastes time pulling out a map or stopping to ask for directions. Cycle around the city at different times of day and in different weather before beginning work as a courier to ensure that no factors interfere with your navigation.

  4. Consider the job market

    The work of a bicycle courier is not always steady, so talk to current couriers in your city about how much money they make in an average week. Also consider the gender factor if you are a woman; this male-dominated field may pose extra hurdles from employers unaccustomed to female couriers.