Monday, 26 December 2011

Taller de bicicletas Colombia

This is not a new idea! 
Mobile bicycle workshops can be found around the World. This mobile mechanic works every day. 

Taller de bicicletas. En Calle 6A Tintala Bogota Colombia

Mec├ínico Bicicletas


Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cycle Show 2011 Trade Day

The Cycle Show provides a rare chance to network with members from the Cycle Tech UK Network, introduced to trade contacts and to a new business venture. Also visit the major brands and bike companies. 
There was a very good turn out of 30 mobile bicycle mechanics, corporate business man and parts suppliers.  Cycle Tech UK members find this a great way to start there new bike business with all the help, advice and opening of trade accounts. And off course a chance to meet me!

New corporate opportunities.  "New business venture".


Time to read Cycle Show magazine


Talking with parts suppliers

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Cycle Tech Hertforshire

Mike Narramore From Cycle Tech Hertfordshire  Is the latest member to join Cycle Tech UK. Mike came to the bicycle workshop for the day. Chance to have a chat and talk shop!

Mike

Mike with Frank at the bicycle workshop

Cycle Tech Hertforshire mobile workshop

Inside the mobile bicycle workshop

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Cygnus Cycles Visits Cycle Tech

Julian from Cygnus Cycles Cardiff Wales, visits for chat and pickup Parktools
See more about Cygnus Cycles www.cygnuscycles.co.uk


Friday, 29 July 2011

Network At The Cycle Show Trade Day

The Cycle Show provides a rare chance to network with colleagues from the Cycle Tech and CycleFix.net members. Also visit the major brands and bike companies.


For those interested in joining our growing Cycle Tech Network, or existing mobile mechanics looking at expanding there business.

There are new corporate opportunities, starting in November.  New business venture with 2 multiple cycle operators. To have discussions in person at the show, with the business men who will provide more specific info.


· For one: servicing is a very reasonable fixed price, done on site and would typically mean between 4 and 10 cycles at any one time – delivering scale economies. The expectation is 10,000 bikes by 2015.
· For the other: approved, authorised repairer status with preferential pricing on parts – providing a competitive advantage vs other repair shops. The expectation is 100,000 bikes by 2015

There are opportunities across the UK. London being the main key cycle city. Additionally there are opportunities linked directly to the 2012 Olympics and the opening of the £8m, 37 mile Jubilee Greenway Network.
Cycle Tech is looking to recruit new members, experienced bicycle mechanics and anyone looking for a change, to start there own bike business. Full help and support given.  

Our members are receiving many enquires from out of there working areas and have no one to pass the work to, have good feed back that this is a great idea, positive press coverage, fuel prices going up and wages not!  Can only be a good thing for the mobile bike mechanic.

Visit the show on trade day. Will be on the 29th September 2011 at The NEC, Birmingham
If you are thinking of starting a mobile bike business and would like to have a informal chat, you can register as Cycle Tech. For more info or to confirm a meeting please email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk
Register here >>>> Cycle Show Trade Day

Look forward to seeing you at this years Cycle Show

Monday, 25 July 2011

Corporate On-Site Business Bicycle Repairs

On-Site Fleet Cycle Repairs At Telef├│nica 02 slough

Call Cycle Tech 07739614579

More & more people are now using the Cyclescheme and cycling to work.

And the mobile bicycle mechanic has a great opportunity to offer there services.

See more on our main website 

For national repairs & corporate enquires please email: nationalrepairs@cycletechs.co.uk


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

iceBike July 2011

ice Bike at Madison was a great day to see all the latest products and view the winter range.

Also a great opportunity for me and Ian 'from Cycle Tech Solihull' to have a chat with Madison's National Sales Manager. And open trade accounts for all www.cycletechuk.com members.
Subject to Madison's terms and conditions.
For more information please contact me by email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk

The latest group-sets from Shimano

Ridgeback Voyage Touring Bike and Pacific Outdoor luggage.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Dorridge fun run

Ian & Mary From Spenny Cycles carrying out Dr Bike checks at this years Dorridge fun run.


Several hundred cyclists turned up, quite a few discovering that bits were hanging off and pumps didn't work. Dr Sludge was a good quick fix for a start line puncture with a couple of minutes to go. All fixes were free, with a suggestion of a donation to the charities being supported. Nice to receive a thank you phone call for the simple fix of refitting a mudguard.
You can find more about Spenny Cycles on there web: http://www.spennycycles.co.uk/

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Specialized Secteur Sport Road Bike Build 2011

This bike was brought on-line, "eBay" and was assembled (PDI'd) by me a qualified mobile bicycle mechanic at the customers address. See how to pdi a new bike

Bike build

Packaging with the words: WARRANTY VOID UNLESS ASSEMBLED BY AUTHORIZED-DEALER.

The customer told me he brought the bike on-line, on eBay!
When I was sizing him to the bike, I asked how did he know what size frame to order.
His reply was: "I tried the bike in the local bike shop, ordered on-line and saved money."

Sounds good to me the customer saves money and a mobile bike mechanic gets the job! And hopefully he calls me again when the bike needs servicing. I can also show him what pressure his tyres should be and sell him a pump, can of oil, spare tube, ect......

How many bikes go back for a first service? Which is recommended between 4 - 6 weeks of buying your bicycle. I gave the customer good advice and hope to see him for his bikes first service.

There is good opportunity for the mobile bicycle mechanic, to offer there service.
The question is:
Is this good in the long term for the bicycle industry?
Should bicycles be sold in a box, not built?
What does Specialized think of having there bikes sold this way?
What happens when there is a warranty issue?

The answer:
There is no easy answer. Not going to stop buying on-line. The consumer expects a lot these days.
You should always ask when you buy on-line: What are the terms when there is a warranty issue!
There are official on-line shops that offer a good customer service and sell bikes in a box that have been inspected by qualified mechanics.
Those new or back into cycling may buy the wrong type and size of bicycle. Also remember carbon frames only have 2 years warranty
I don't think bicycles should be sold, with out a pre-delivery inspection. As this could stop the consumer enjoying cycling or even have a dangers bike out on the road if not assembled correctly.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Park Tool PCS-10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand Review

I have used the Park Tool PCS 10 home mechanic work stand, since April 2009.
And is in use every day. It is stored in my mobile workshop and is opened and closed at each job!

2 Stands in use
Opens quickly
A cam-type clamp allows single action clamping of tubes 24 to 76 mm in diameter.
Clamping pressure is fully adjustable and the jaw covers are replaceable.

The work stand folds easily and quickly to 104 cm for storage and transporting around.

Composite top tube allows smooth 360-degree clamp rotation with the bike in the stand.
Quick release height adjustment from 99 to 145 cm.
Three-point leg system with reinforced centre yolk for superior stability.
Sliding retention rings lock folding legs tight against main upright when stored.
Three-point leg system with reinforced centre yolk for superior stability.
I like this stand so much I have a second one I use in my workshop.

Great value home mechanic work stand used by the professionals.
You can buy direct from me £135 + Postage

Monday, 23 May 2011

Bicycle Mechanics - Operating From A cargo Bike

Your mobile bike business working from a bike, this is very popular in Holland, Italy and Germany have a AA style bike recovery operation called Yellow Angels.

Two mobile mechanics doing this below:

Howard Yeomans. Thornbury.
www.bikesmadegood.co.uk  07948 271 763



Photographs by Peter Eland. Editor of Velo Vision Magazine © 2011 www.velovision.com


Dave Revolve MCR Manchester


Operating From A cargo Bike

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Border 100 Event

The weather was extremely poor with rain, gales and only short spells of sunshine.


Cameron Cycle Tech Glasgow






Saturday, 14 May 2011

A visit to the Saturday bike shop

Luca from Dulwich came for the day, to spend time seeing if this business is for him!
Typical Saturday jobs for Luca to get involved with; punctures, gear adjustments, removing bottom brackets and fitting accessories.

Me and Luca

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Oiling the wheels of business in Dublin

The Spokesman Cathal O' Carroll. Mobile bicycle mechanic in Dublin has a article in the Irish Times:



Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Welcome Spenny Cycles Ltd. Solihull West Midlands

New mobile bike business in Solihull

Ian Spenny Cycle Ltd


Bikes loaded-up and ready to be taken to workshop for repair


Bikes strapped down

Workshop and complete set of Parktools to carry out a professional job to all makes of bicycles   

Saturday, 12 March 2011

New Member Sign Up

Ian from Spenny Cycles Soilhull Came for the day in his new van

At the Saturday bike shop

Ian picking up his new ParkTools

Professional bike storage in back of van

Monday, 7 March 2011

New members meeting at trade show in Birmingham

Had a great day and met 3 new members and a member who joined 3 months ago from London, who was kind enough to drive me to the show in Birmingham.
Everybody was introduced to the company and there area reps who opened up there accounts. We all had a tour of the company's warehouse and viewed there products on display. I provided a stock list of essential parts and there was a discount for buying on the trade day!

Trade shows are always a good place to meet and to be introduced to suppliers. And is a good chance to chat with me and ask questions. The key to your business, is dealing with good suppliers. "Giving you a big step in starting your business"

This is inside trade information only available for members. Please contact me if you would like to be a member martin@cycle-tech.co.uk
A tour of the warehouse

Steve giving the guided tour

Bottom bracket tool kit

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Cinelli Saetta Sprint bike build

Will and the boys from Cinelli, Lodovico Pignatti Morano & Fabrizio Aghito at the Core Bike Show. With Cinelli Saetta Sprint.

Will rides at Hillingdon Slip Streamers. Under 16's. Will is very keen, winning his first race! And is being coached by British Cycling Scott Holmes.

Parts Arrive For Bike Build

Shimano 105

Miche Race Wheels

Vittoria Zaffiro Tyres And Cassette Fitted

Cinelli Saetta Sprint Frame arrives!