Sunday, 21 December 2014

London's Hub Of Cycle Tech UK - Mobile Bicycle Repair Business Start ups

For the mobile bicycle repair trader their vehicle is the key to their business. There are many types available, but for business in London the vehicle has to have the potential to interest environmentally friendly and cost-aware traders.

  • A vehicle that can be converted into a particular style and fitted with the required tool kit and parts to run a successful mobile business. 
  • That is cheap on insurance, no congestion charges and you don’t have to pay road tax. 
  • They are customer facing.
  • It’s compact size means that service and repair can be carried out all day from the smallest of locations. 
  • Cycle Tech UK tailor our services to customers needs and help reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Cycle Tech UK act for a range of London based cooperate companies, assisting employees with on-site service and bike repair clinics. 
  • Having a central hub to distribute parts to the small Cycle Tech Members mobile units across London, helping them to make sure they have all the parts they need.
Mega Electric Van

Heavy equipment have to be considered carefully before installation because of the relative weight of the vehicle. But with clever planning and building almost any sort of adaptation and customisation is possible.

Cycle Tech UK wants new Members to see the mobile workshop as investments in themselves, saving money in other areas such as fuel and tax.



Photo Courtesy of Bikes Made Good 


Officina Cilante Milan www.officinaciclante.it
Officina Cilante translates to a Cycling Workshop, for bicycle repair service at your home or work. And is 'service eco-sustainable, reaches you with leg strength and offers products and solutions with the least environmental impact as possible. Furthermore, the bicycle is restored in a short time, that prevents customers from having to find alternative means and often polluting. Cycling  Workshop  operates throughout Milan.

Pedal & Post Oxford's Eco Courier Service

With an ever-expanding industry such as mobile bike repairs, there can be room for everyone. An electric van or specially designed delivery bikes and bike with trailer would not suit every business, but for traders who want to keep costs down and help the environment, they cannot be overlooked.

For more information on starting a mobile bike business in London and can receive a copy of our information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model and how much you could be earning then please contact the Cycle Tech UK Team Email:  info@cycle-tech.co.uk 

Monday, 15 December 2014

2015 Business Opportunity - Start Your Own Business Today

Start 2015 with a new job and be your own boss. 

If you are looking for a lifestyle change, or move away from a 9-5 grind and generate a higher income, then Cycle Tech UK is where it can all start.

Cycle Tech UK is offering a once in a life time opportunity to do something you love and make a good living from.

With the continued growth of cycling, the growth of our network and with 2014 being the busiest year for repairs.
Cycle Tech UK is going to help the next Member "the 40th" by offering a great deal.

Start your own bike business today:

Training: mechanic to Cytech 2 or equivalent, if not completed (the industry standard) Cost £1500 See HERE for recommended training courses.

Sold as our Membership agreement and being part of the Cycle Tech UK Network.

The Mobile Workshop

New key areas where we have high demand for mobile bicycle repairs. 
Currently available:

Basingstoke

Birmingham
Brentwood
Brighton
Bristol
Cambridge Cardiff
Central London
Cheltenham
Chelmsford
Harrow & Uxbridge
London all areas
Milton Keynes
Newbury
Oxford
Reading
Swindon
Slough
Watford
York
And many more..................

Business: Mobile bicycle repairs & service to all types of bicycle with sales of parts, accessories, bicycles and teaching bicycle mechanics. At customer,s home or work place.


The Mobile Workshop "Tool Kit"

Why Cycle Tech UK?
There are a number of advantages to being involved with Cycle Tech UK:
  • Good established business and brand which has been established for over 6 years. 
  • Niche business servicing and repairing cycles at the customer’s home and with the occasional sale of new bicycles and accessories. 
  • High gross profit and low overhead business which should produce good net profits consistently. 
  • Ideal business for an enthusiastic cyclist or an ex mechanic looking for a new challenge. 
  • Essential contacts in the trade and trade accounts included for best discounts on parts. 
  • Flexibility within your chosen business model. 
  • Ability to work from home and generate high income.

More details in full on application/meeting (Skype Chat Available full details included in our info brochure)

Meeting is essential to fully appreciate this business and strictly by appointment only.

For more If you would like to receive a copy of our information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model, how much you could be earning and forecast then please contact the Cycle Tech Team Email:  info@cycle-tech.co.uk 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Entering The World Of Mobile Bicycle Repair & Servicing Business

Just like you would have a map when heading off on a bike trip in unfamiliar territory, you should have a guide for your venture into the world of bicycle repair business.

The journey will be a big learning curve and full of challenges but will be fulfilling and bring lifelong rewards as long as you have the right guide to you get where you are going.

We started the Network Of Mobile Bicycle Mechanics to be your guide, to take the uncertainty of starting your own mobile bicycle repair business. Cycle Tech UK can help you start your new business today and secure your long term susses.


Cycle Tech in the early days of 2008

Starting down the road of bicycle repair business
When it comes to the mobile bicycle repair business, the main starting points are:

1. Business skills:
  • Dealing with customers with care on a day to day basis. 
  • How to sell your services. 
  • Having a booking system, to organise each day that also deals with work in progress & orders. 
  • Offering the very best cycling advice and help promote cycling.

2. Finance and family support:
  • By starting with funds in the region of £15,000 plus and able to support yourself for the first 6 – 12 months. 
  • Having the support for starting your business from your family, as no-one needs the added stress of doing it alone. 
  • Having the help of a family member with phone calls, emails and bookkeeping is an added bonus but not essential.   

3. How to service, repair and maintain bicycles, as this is going to be the core of your business:
A 2 week training course is only the start, having the knowledge and skills is what’s going to make your business different and making money. 
"Man & mechanics is like any relationship, it takes hard work and effort."
  • Knowing the various parts of a bicycle, their function and how they work together. 
  • Correct use of tools and how to tighten bolts to the correct torque. 
  •  An understanding of lubrication and how bearings reduce friction when you ride. 
  • How to true a wheel and an understanding why spokes brake. 
  • How to look up parts and find technical information. 
  • The mechanic is aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials now used for the frame, wheels and components. 
  • Compatibility of parts/group sets with what works correctly as designed. 
  • Diagnosing correctly and not just guessing.  
  • Ongoing training, learning and product knowledge.

4. The mobile workshop:
Working on a bike, does not take much space, but will require space to work comfortably. You are going to need:
  • A good size mobile workshop, you can stand-up in. 
  • The van should be clean & tidy as it represents your business. 
  • A workbench with a flat surface you can work from, fitted with a vice and enough room to true a wheel. 
  • A work-stand that will hold a bike off the ground and at a height for you to work safely.  
  •  Storage units, which are light weight, but strong enough to carry tools and stock. 
  • Lighting & electrics.
  • Keeping your work local

5. Tools, stock and suppliers:
  • Investing in good quality tools that will last a long time and will not damage parts of the bike.
  • Having a stock list of what to buy and having quality parts in stock will save you money. 
  • By using good suppliers that offer you their premium rate and technical support
If you would like to receive a copy of Cycle Tech's information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model then please contact the Cycle Tech team. Email: info@cycle-tech.co.uk  
  

Friday, 5 December 2014

Velofix Franchise - Dragons Den £168,000

3 Canadian cyclist's come business men have secured £168,000 with a pitch on Dragons Den "Canada" to help fund their professional mobile bike service and repair business.

This is great news for the mobile bike business, as it shows The Mobile Cycle Repair Service is in high demand. Velofix are working hard with leading cycling brands to make this happen. But it will all be down to the network of the franchisee's to make it a success.

The Deal:
  • The franchise fee is £14,000 plus £28,000 (+ vat not sure if included???) for the van build-out (this does not include the cost of the vehicle From £30k + vat Mercedes Sprinter LWB or tools minimum|£2,500), the royalty fee is 8% of sales, branding fee 2% plus £50 monthly Velonet user fee. 
  • Velofix works with lending companies, including BDC, that roll up the cost of the vehicle and buildout package into a monthly lease for franchisees. For about £19,600 to £25,200 in upfront capital you can get a truck on the road.
  • Rates start at £38.70 an hour plus tax based on the service package selected.
  • One mechanic can carry £14,000 to £19,600 worth of inventory in a van
  • 5 year agreement 
  • Please contact Veleofix direct for the exact coasting for your setup requirements 
  • Does the fee's included training?
What separates Velofix from other mobile bicycled shops is technology. “One of the challenges of operating a mobile service is scheduling. We have proprietary cloud-based software that books a service, route optimizes the van and allows the mechanic to wake up in the morning and see who is on their call schedule and what they booked so they can make sure they have all the parts they need,”
What separates Cycle Tech UK from other mobile bicycle shops it's not too corporate for a group of professional mobile bicycle mechanics who are by nature individualistic and happy to be their own boss. Means cyclists like using our independent local mobile bike businesses for their care of service, rather than a business working to a target. 

My initial thoughts:
  • As you have 3 business men who need to make a return and a Dragon who wants 20% return, means that a large amount of money has got to come from Franchisee setup and ongoing royalty fees. 
  • They have a unique booking system that allows them to direct work to the franchisee, where Velofix keep the customer base?
  • How can they tell what all parts are needed with out seeing the bike first? 
  • And where do the parts come from? Especially in the morning! Buy from Velofix or their own trade accounts?
  • In Canada cycling is more seasonal then here in the UK. 
  • My question would be how much volume does each franchisee need to be profitable? "To build this business, with the stock required, plus pay back original investment and ongoing fee's, would mean at least 5 years of hard work before you start to make a real profit living."
  • This could work in London, with a different setup to Canada with cooperate being their main goal.
  • If you search Velofix uk, you will find this name has already been used.
The Franchise start-up is for the lazy business man, for someone who wants all the hard work done, is willing to pay for it and expects a return. Sorry folks! It needs your ongoing effort, without it, it wont make any difference how much money you keep throwing at your business.

The idea of being mobile, is to setup and run your business at a lower cost and be flexible, by that I mean: Reaching out to those customers that find our services right for their needs, By offering a professional service, from a professional workshop that you have invested in and is yours. By also having the time to chat cycling and give advice to your customers. Where someone who needs to cover his costs to a Franchise will not be offering a unique service (I would think they would end-up working 12 hour days and 4 of those days would only cover the franchise fees only and not the other running costs) and the business will end up being like some of the meany bike shops with grumpy owners. You would be better off putting your money in a bike shop or the bank lol. You have to ask yourself; Why are you going in to business for? For me is to do what I love, that I can also make a good living from and able to take time off cycling or even touring. Also the business setup also can handle quite periods of no work, as this maybe the case of your first year in business, but it can happen anytime. If there is no work, you still need to pay those fee's............



View the full Dragons Den with Velofix pitch on Video HERE

Also read:
Read the full story By Business Financial Post HERE



If you would like to receive a copy of Cycle Tech's information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model then please contact the Cycle Tech team. Email: info@cycle-tech.co.uk