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  
  

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