When one door closes, for some, a garage door opens, turning what had been part-time for the past five years into a full-time business.
Lucas Zurawlev fixes bikes out of his garage in Ottawa’s west-end. When he graduated from Algonquin College in an electrical-mechanical engineering technician program, specializing in robotics, he had to change gears.
“After I graduated, it was the year that COVID started. I had a job lined up in my field, and they basically said, ‘Due to COVID, we’ve temporarily suspended our hiring,’” he tells CTV News Ottawa. “I have no intentions of going back. It’s sort of in my back pocket as a backup.”
His business is called Z’s Bike Fix / Ski Service.
“I fix bikes in the summer, and I deal with skis, snowboards, cross-country skis in the winter,” he says.
The very thing that caused him to adapt, also meant he had more bikes to work on.
“Because of COVID, everyone has decided they wanted to start riding bikes a lot more.”
Combine that with being next to the Trans-Canada bike path and it’s a recipe for success.
“There’s lots of commuters coming by every day and if they have a problem mid-ride, it’s a lot easier to stop in for a small thing,” he says.
“He’s right off the bike path, it’s the perfect place to be,” says Kirk Reid, a passing cyclist.
Zurawlev says he’s also a part of the Ski-Patrol at Camp Fortune, which means he’s trained in first aid. That has…