Friday, 13 November 2015

Why Cycle Tech UK Is NOT A Franchise

People often associate Cycle Tech UK as a franchise as it looks like a franchise, with its branding & national coverage.
In the long term Cycle Tech UK has built this image with its business name on loyalty & support from its Members.

"It's not all about the money" But businessmen will tell you different! Of course you will need to make a living, but if you enjoy what you are doing and offer a great service the money will come!

Working as a network we can achieve that no one can achieve alone!

Cycle Tech UK Is Different
Our Members support each other and are very passionate in what they do.

Cycle Tech UK works because its a cooperative, similar to a franchise without the high fee's associated with a franchise, enabling each mechanic to grow their business successfully. Cycle Tech UK is a large network of independent businesses, that have been supporting each other since 2008. It's helped us get known to the trade for opening trade accounts and our name of trust to the public nationally.

Our business model
  • You are a mechanic and not a number.
  • A business that is in high demand "The Mobile Bicycle Mechanic"
  • A business start up in a box.
  • Low running costs.
  • No royalty fee's.
  • Established name and trade mark - Cycle Tech UK Branding.
  • Group support; Your own business with Cycle Tech UK support.
  • Trade suppliers with key labels & premier pricing (Your own trade accounts)
  • Cycle Tech UK points work your way and you are responsible for booking those jobs in.
  • The customers are yours.
  • Working area, similar to a franchise.
  • An agreement without restrictions, other than working standards. This is in place to keep the good name of Cycle Tech UK and its Members. (Its not one way)

Cycle Tech UK - The Mobile Bicycle Repair Specialist.
 
Cycle Tech UK can also help encourage more people cycling, by being at the heart of cycling.
  • By offering a mobile service with cycling advice.
  • Event support
  • Cycle clinics & Dr Bike's


Why not ask the mechanics themselves? And find out how Cycle Tech UK has helped them.
 
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If you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Mobile Bicycle Mechanic Business - Van & Storage

Buying the right van for your business needs, is the first decision you need to take very seriously.

The mobile workshop is the image of your business, as-well your workshop. That's going to be professional, to tackle all those jobs!

The best advice is; "get the biggest van you can afford" or you will find you soon need to replace it for a bigger one.

Cycle Tech UK Mobile Bicycle Mechanic Businesses.
The Mobile Workshop
What to think about when planning the layout of your van. Basically a bikeshop in the back of a van. For a mobile business:
  • Your working area; do you plan on working inside your van, from the side or from the back? If working inside; then you may conceder a box type van or a van with square sides to maximize your working area. Like a Peugeot boxer. (Its not unusual to have a fleet of 5 or more bikes to work on at any one visit)  
  • Cleaning area for parts/bikes.
  • Storage of your tools, for easy to find & workbench or folding table for stripping down parts and vice.
  • Storage of stock; wheels and tyres, small parts, chains & cassettes, chainsets, derailleurs....
  • Storage of bikes; Bikes that will be taken away to work on and then returned.
  • Display area; for selling accessories, pumps, locks, lights, tyres at cycle events as well as working onsite where customers can view.
  • What will be your main place of work, at customers home/place of work, events, Dr Bike, onsite corporate work, schools?
  • Electrics; lighting, phone charger,
  • Insulation; keeping your stock dry in the cold damp months.
  • Security; alarm, dead locks
  • Awning; for working from the side, with protection from rain and strong sunlight.
  • Sign writing; your van is one of your main ways of advertising.

Working from the side of the van. Tools and workshop parts close by. Parts & accessories on display

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These questions and more can be answered in a meeting or Skype chat.
If you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Professional Business Vs Non Professional

What kind of business will you operate?


When you want to be successful in life, you got to study people who are at their best in their profession.  
 
Casual Vs Professional
 
Too often you see people setup a business from the back of a car and expect results.
As with any business you need to start somewhere, but first;
  • You should ask yourself what type of business you want and then study those businesses.
  • You have to study their methods and then plan how you are going to work like them. 
The Casual Business;
A business that may only run on a part-time basis. A small operation, with few tools and some basic parts that can offer a limited service to only a few customers. For those who wish to work to a budget and don't want to make a living from or for those who want to do their bit for the environment and work from a bike & trailer.
A business start-up from the back of a car may be tempting, but immediately it presents an unprofessional approach to potential customers. However, with a competent business plan and network support, you can start a professional full time business from a large mobile workshop.

The Professional Business;
A full time branded business, would operate from a fully equipped mobile service unit, working at least 5 1/2 days a week. The Professional Business offers a comprehensive, reliable service, repairs to a wide range of customers at their home or place of work and offering support to large national events as well as to local charity events. The Professional is able to charge a competitive job rate and is known by offering a quality service.

Mobile Bicycle Workshop Operation in 2009
 
This was my second van back in Jan 2009, just 6 months after starting my new business. I soon found out I needed a larger one. This mobile unit can operate at customers home, place of work, bike clinics and events.
The mobile bicycle workshop, has a complete tool kit to undertake 99% of jobs onsite, display area at the rear, work is carried outside, with two folding work-stands and bench. A awning to protect from rain and strong sun.
I have learnt a lot in the last 8 years and how to continue to grow my business. You can start today, by putting a business plan together........... 
 
Business Plan

There are amazing benefits from incorporating a plan into your business. Whether you're starting a new business or a professional mechanic looking to improve their business.
To start a business and make it grow, here are some points to think about that you should add in your business plan. Start by researching the following:
  • Your basic business concept; The industry, your business structure, your particular product or service, and how you plan to make your business a success?
  • Your strategy; The specific actions you plan to take to implement it. What goals do you have for your business? When and how will you reach your goals? Where do you want your business to be in 1, 3 & 5 year's time?
  • Capital; Investigate how you intend to raise the money to start your business, the amount you will need to start your business & the amount you will need each month to run your business and to cover your private living expenses?
  • Location; Establish your working location, the size of your work area, your mode of transport, likely demand for a mobile business in your area?
  • Size of your mobile workshop; Large enough to carry your tools, stock and any bikes for further repair, will you work inside the van or not?
  • Time; The organisation of your day to day operation, booking in jobs, ordering parts/stock control/invoice payment, keeping customers up-to date, jobs in progress?
  • Parts; Which spares supplier, what price/discounts will you benefit from, stockholding required, how will you manage stock control?
  • Tools & Training; Which tools will you need, what training, where will you find technical support?
  • Storage; How will you store your tools, stock, display area and security?
  • Customers; How will customers find you, how will you be known, type of customers, their needs & types of bikes you will work on, why customers will want to purchase your products and services and not those of your competitors? Marketing plan; How will you attract and retain enough customers to make a profit? What methods will you use to capture your audience? What sets your business apart from the competition?
  • Strengths and Weaknesses; Can you make quick decisions, what skills do you already have and how can you differentiate your business?
  • Branding; Can secure long term trust, how will you secure this?
  • Pricing; What charges will you apply per hour/job. Will you need to offer any discount? Consider your competitiveness vs the competition (shops etc.,)
  • Start date; Once you have establish a competent business plan and you have your finances in place when do you wish to start your business?
These questions and more can be answered in a meeting or Skype chat.
 
If you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.
 


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ex Servicemen Looking To Start Their Own Business

Leaving the Services? Enjoy the Freedom of Working for Yourself with the Security of a National Network.

If you are planning to leave the Police, Fire Service or Armed Services in the next six months and are looking at new career choices then you should take a close look at joining Cycle Tech UK.

Our experience is that the combination of service training and a can do attitude, along with a disciplined personality makes for highly successful Cycle Tech UK bike mechanics.
 
Founded in 2008, Cycle Tech UK is the largest national network of mobile cycle mechanics, with 38 members. Operating from large mobile workshops, visiting customers’ homes or places of work, Cycle Tech UK mechanics provide repairs to all makes and types of bicycles; a wide range of parts and accessories, and service and maintenance. Many also sell cycles direct to customers.

Tapping into the UK’s growing enthusiasm for cycling in all of its forms, Cycle Tech’s expert mechanics work for themselves but with the support and business smarts that only a national network can provide.
 


Cycle Tech UK provides you with the necessary trade contacts; website, expert business set-up help and on-going support as your business grows. This unique combination of independence and network membership reduces the risks involved in starting your own business and allows you to get up and running, and earning, much more quickly than you would starting from scratch.

All Cycle Tech UK mechanics complete the nationally recognised Cytech or City & Guilds training to a minimum of Level 2.
Cytech is a series of exams testing knowledge of all aspects of cycle repairs. The training is organised through the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT), a body committed to encouraging high standards in bike repair and maintenance throughout the country.
City & Guilds National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) demonstrate an individual's true skill and is highly recognised qualification.
 
So if you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.  
 
 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Mobile Bicycle Repair Partnership Opportunity - A Cooperative Type Business

Bicycle owners are a passionate group. By Providing a superior service, you are sure to develop a strong following.

Whether you're a mechanic or just after a good business, this could be for you.

There is a lot for you to think about before starting any business, there is also more to mobile bicycle mechanics than one first thinks and all your questions can not be answered in a single Blog post. Please take a moment to learn about Cycle Tech UK " The Largest Network Of Mobile Bicycle Repair Specialists" the industry and the partnership opportunity.

To obtain more information about our Network of mobile bicycle mechanics and how to start your own bike business today, please have a look on this Blog. By clicking Index to view the latest News, Pages & our top Posts.
Email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for our brochure which explains about our network, the benefits, cost and to see how this could work for you, by becoming a Cycle Tech UK Member.

 

Business Profile: Cycle Tech Bournemouth
Start of business 1st May 2015
Entrepreneur and Cycle Tech UK Member Andrew Downton has many years engineer experience, keen triathlon cyclist and is a cycling coach.
Vehicle "The Mobile Workshop" has been leased to help spread setup costs & is fully Cycle Tech UK branded.
With Andrews cycling background has paved the way for attending cycling events and reaching out to those customers with mid to high end road bikes. Andrew is a keen member of Cycle Tech UK, he gets active in our group support, networks with other members and has spent a day with me getting his hands dirty and talking shop. Before leaving his full time job, he planed & prepaired his business setup by; kitting out his van, advertising with local cycling clubs, working on friends bikes, buying tools and stock. He set himself a date to start full time and handed his notice in at his full time employment to start Cycle Tech Bournemouth. "Andrew has become a credit to our group"


 Highlights:
  • Cycle Tech UK Partnership offer the first “Network of mobile bicycle mechanics” on site service for all types of bikes; mountain, road, hybrid, touring, tandems, trikes, recumbent and even electric bikes. 
  • Each mobile workshop is a one-stop shop for all  maintenance needs - gear tune, tyres, wheels, brakes, drive chain & service intervals.
  • This business opportunity is poised to help you capitalise on these trends with only a small investment.
  • Cycle Tech UK Est 2007 with over 40 members across the UK

The Industry
Today’s cyclists are better educated and earn considerably more than the national average. They love to ride, they don’t service their own bikes and these RUCs "Rich Urban Cyclists" & MAMIL "Middle Age Men In Lycra" hate to miss a ride because they have to leave their bike several days at the bikeshop for simple gear adjustment and brake service.

Buyer Profile
Understanding the “Cyclist Mentality” is important. Our Members understand: “It’s All About the Ride.” Offering the very best advice, customer care and of course bike service second to none.
"Look for problems before the customer finds it"

Job Description
Advertise to cyclists, network with local clubs, cycling events and promote charity rides explaining the benefits of a mobile service. Mobile bicycle repair workshop is a specialist on-site service offering maintenance & service to all makes of bicycles, tyres & tubes, gear and brake services, wheel truing. Manage day to day of your business; booking in jobs, oversee inventory (stock control & trade parts orders), marketing and finances.

Seeking Members
Nationwide who are willing to use our branding, working full time and work from a large mobile workshop.

Initial Investment Outlay
You should be looking at £15 - £25k Figures vary as it can depend on your setup; with buying or leasing your the mobile workshop, (A new fully fitted out van) or buy used and then new when business takes off, being VAT registered, sole trader or Limited company and whether you need to borrow any money to fund your start-up with have an impact on costs. There is obviously a big difference with a mobile business rather than a bikeshop/workshop based one. And of course there are no high franchise fees!

How much can I earn?
Realistically, you might expect to earn around £40,000 after a couple of years as a Cycle Tech UK Partner. But how much you actually make depends on how skilled you are at customer satisfaction. Of course the initial advertising and leaflet drops are important but regular work from long standing customers will be the most lucrative. Location will also make a difference, how quickly you gain knowledge (in mechanics and business), confidence and become known for your workmanship. Stock investment, stock control and having trade suppliers for the best deals. Along with a mark-up on trade prices, it will only take a short time to profit from. But some of that profit will need to be put back to buy more stock, so you have the right parts in stock, that will allow you a fast turn around with jobs being completed on the same day. And work very hard, of course – this is not money for nothing.

Who is it suited to?
The member will need to have some mechanical experience – although Cycle Tech UK doesn’t specify this requirement, as we require all our members to undergo the level 2 training. But those people that tend to have technical experience, if not necessarily mechanical experience and have worked for a company that has a system of professionalism and customer care will do better as they are use to working to a very high standard and can organise themselves to make the working environment more efficient without compromising quality. Our two desk job type people have also worked out and have become successful. Anyone with hands on experience will have the best chance and if you have enough interest and an aptitude for knowing how things work at a DIY level, you might find yourself enjoying the different challenge a mobile bike business brings.

By building your business is the smart move
Working with our network company, will allow your business to gain skills and time to make money and all at a low setup cost. Also you own the business unlike a franchise with the ability to control your own destiny. Our proven system will show you how to start and run your business and to get best use from our network.
Putting your money in the bank to save, is designed to loose value, where investing in your own business will give you a monthly payment and long term future investment. It's all down to your values and whether you take calculated risks. Why study at school to work hard for a cooperate business that you will never own?
There is no get rich quick scheme to make money overnight, it takes time. And if this is your first time as a business owner, it will be a big step with the transition from an employee. There are 2 types of people you will hear from, those who will tell you "you won't make it" and those who say "go for it". Cycle tech UK will help and support you for as long as it takes.

Tips for success
  • Every bicycle needs looking at some time in its life and this isn’t likely to change. People also have busy life styles and don't have time to take their bike to the shop and that isn't likely to change either. However, you still need to approach the business in a realistic manner.
  • There will always be someone trying to undercut you so it’s important to be good at your job. If you offer a good service people will come back and will recommend you to their friends.
  • Work won’t roll in automatically. There can be some seasonal variation until you are established. So work to get referrals as well as constant new businesses.
  • If you do a good on-the-spot repair and can also offer bike builds, frame swaps, tyre change and servicing, there is a good chance the customer will call you back when these need doing again.
  • Good relations with potential customers are also important and new potential clients are always better wooed face to face.
  • In addition, a recognised brand name will help members to attract customers, as people will already know what the company has to offer. Our branding on our van's generate the most work, you will find its essential in your business start up for gaining enquiries.
  • Offering advice for free, but don't be a busy fool, charge for your time, knowledge, skills and tools.
  • Make sure you get a designated area to work in. Research the area thoroughly – there is always going to be competition but if you start off near already established mid to high end bikeshops, you will be giving yourself a better chance to succeed as cyclists will be riding quality bikes and not willing to wait up to 4 weeks to have them serviced.
  • Talk to people who are already on the ground. And concentrate more on the newer members rather than the older ones. These are the people who will remember which were the best – and worst – decisions they made at the beginning and could be your most useful source.
  • Customer care is also of the utmost importance. People are extremely protective of their bicycles, often seeing them as an extension of themselves. You must treat them that way too. If you send a bike out covered in greasy handprints, un-repaired faults or without reporting any of the faults you may have missed or did not recommend, that customer is unlikely to come back.
Much like the freedom a cyclists, our members are independent and who want to become their own boss. Cycle Tech UK offers that opportunity, though it also requires flexibility, hard work and an ability to follow proven strategies for success. For the right person, "unlike a franchisee" our network of mobile bicycle mechanics can give each member the freedom to run their own business, and yet have the support of successful business practices to back it up.

A happy business makes a successful business
There are many benefits to owning a Cycle Tech UK Partnership. Perhaps one of the biggest is having a strategic partner with the resources and brand recognition that attracts and retains customers. Investing in Cycle Tech UK strengthens our brand while giving the member proven strategies for marketing, distribution and an overall successful way of doing business.

Be prepared for your business start-up and the journey ahead
Cycle Tech UK is a brand leader; an instant franchise type business at low cost, where you will gain valuable knowledge, support, trade contacts, networking, branding and members designated territory to a unique business specialising in mobile bicycle repairs that's in high demand.

Remember their is more to this business than one first realises, Martin has been sharing the lessons he has learned and the challenges he has faced whilst building Cycle Tech UK. Martin and the Cycle Tech UK Team are here to help you succeed. They want to make sure you know what to do if you are faced with the same obstacles we've met, to help you plan ahead and stop anything from standing in the way of making your business amazing. If you haven't already come across these articles, please do have a look HERE

To help you decide whether a Cycle Tech UK Partnership is right for you.
Simply email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure and to arrange a meeting, to disuses any questions and the next step.



Thursday, 20 August 2015

Cycle Show NEC Trade Day 24th September 2015 - AGM & Meet

The Cycle Show is the UK's longest running cycling show and over 300,000 people have visited since its launch in 2002. The show has expanded every year and in 2015 it will host over 280 bike companies showcasing their latest kit under one very big roof.

The show is a unique opportunity to see hundreds of bikes and products months before they hit the shops. You can meet the brand experts from the top international bike companies as well as the designers and brains behind the leading Brit brands.
Meet me and ask your questions


Starting your own mobile bike business?
Or you have started your bike business and you would like to grow into a successful, professional profitable business?

This will be a great chance to meet me and answer your questions in person.

I am proposing two group meetings on the trade day at the show 10:30 & 12:30 for those looking at starting their own bike business. It will be an informal meeting/chat over a coffee!
Great way to network (Very important in any new business)
See the latest products at the show
Talk about which training courses are needed.
Ask me about business setup and running costs, and what else is involved.
Meet some of the Cycle Tech Members
Meet others looking at starting their own business
And more......................
Cycle Tech UK continues to promote the mobile mechanic, new business setups and get more people cycling.

If you are looking at starting a business whether mobile, workshop or bikeshop then make the effort to join us at the show. Could be the first step to your new business adventure.
This is one of our AGM's for our network of bicycle mechanics.

Also 1 to 1 meetings/chat to anyone interested in joining The Cycle Tech UK network
 
To book your place/time or more info please call:
Martin 07739614579 or email me martin@cycle-tech.co.uk   


To get your ticket for Trade Day. Please Registration click HERE



 
One 2 one meeting/chat


 
 
Cycle Tech UK AGM


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Your Work Purpose

When I am asked by someone new, I have just met or introduced to; what do you do?
I can Answer: "I help others, to enjoy cycling more and I also help people to start their dream business"

By doing something you believe in you will feel truly motivated.

You can now find your true work purpose and it will fundamentally change your life for the better.
Cycle Tech UK Members are already doing this.
You will soon find you are making a more positive contribution to the cycling world around us.

Cyclists come from all walks of life, they ride different types of bikes and they may only ride once a year or everyday.
But they all have one thing in common; Once people get involved with cycling, they are eager to share their passion.

Cycle Tech UK Ltd can give you a clear purpose, where you can make a valuable contribution to your society.

It still means hard-work, but you feel rewarded by constantly having a hunger for learning something new and knowing you have helped someone.

 
 
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Use Bicycle Trade Suppliers Or The Likes Of Chainreaction and Wiggle?

With most industries nowadays, it's become harder for trade suppliers to match online price's, let alone be cheaper.

Using a trade supplier does not always mean buying cheaper.

Most independent Bike Shops and Mobile businesses use a mixture of trade to buy stock and Chain Reaction Cycles/online retailers to buy one off small orders to help with margins and to maximize profit.

Many B2B and online sales websites have baskets you can add items to, making it easy for stock ordering and some suppliers will match online prices and give an extra 5% off.

"It do's not seem right using non trade suppliers and I do still believe buying from trade suppliers"


Shimano Parts & Accessories on display - Mobile setup (Photo 2011)


Chain Reaction Cycles CRC
Wiggle and Chainreaction Cycles now known as "Chiggle"
  • Can beat most (But not all) trade prices with no minimum order
  • Offer free delivery that usually comes next day
  • Have help line and support
  • Easy returns from collect Plus and free returns on orders over £9
  • Can pass on price difference by charging RRP (Min 30%)
  • Choice of delivery address  
  • Easy to return parts for refund or exchange due to failure/warranty  
The only downside is credit is not given, so if you are buying large amounts of parts, you will need a cash flow to cover costs until customer collects and pays.

Trade suppliers

Against 
  • Rep's don't help - they are mainly salesman working to a target. Be-wary to let them in your shop, they are not helping your business, by giving the wrong advise what you should be stocking. Do try and build a relationship from the start, by letting them know what your business is about and that you are working to a budget and need fast moving stock to make a return. Why do you need to stock clothing, kids bikes, etc.........?????
  • Have minimum orders for free delivery from £100 - £200
  • Easy to buy things not required to make up free delivery - better off paying £5 delivery charge (Do use the basket to put in stock items, that will make up the order)
  • Do not stock everything - Can be out of stock and then not able to make up your order for free delivery
  • Paying post for returning any parts
  • Trade suppliers can be out of stock as they supply to the big online bikeshops!
For
  • Trade suppliers do have great product knowledge, with years of experience
  • Help with looking up those hard to find parts saving you time
  • Many specialist parts are cheaper
  • Give credit
  • We work closely with our suppliers for the best buying deals, with premier rates with some trade discounts suppliers. And bulk buying deals for Cycle Tech Group
  • There are many that do support the small businessman 
  • Huge discounts on tools
  • Build a relationship
  • News letters with special offers on every day parts
  • Many distributors invest into promoting cycling

Group bulk buying stock direct from the trade supplier


You need self discipline: 

Many bikeshops and mobile businesses are carrying less stock than in the past and using the supplier as the warehouse. (Due mainly to not over stocking, too many variations, next day)  By keeping only fast moving bread and butter parts and accessories in stock. The downside is parts when required maybe out of stock, with a back order of over 2 months.
This type of business like many others, have a very busy period followed by quite times. Giving a misconception, which is all too easy to spend on buying large amounts of stock and bikes when busy and be left with a lot of money on the shelf or invoices that need paying at the end of the month. Finding a balance of how you are running your shop over the whole year and forecasting what's required.

As I say a lot on here - make notes, take small steps, do one thing at a time and act on it!!!

Don't know what to stock, where to buy from, stock control? Then I can help you.
Email me for a information brochure martin@cycle-tech.co.uk

Saturday, 11 July 2015

3rd Cycle Tech Bike Shop Now Open For Business

Saturday 11th July 2015 see the grand opening of our 3rd Bike Shop Cycle Tech Oldham.

Paul started his business as a mobile bike mechanic 5th July 2014 and a little over a year has expanded to a bike shop.

Paul has had support from Oldham council and the local news paper did a full page spread how a bike shop is good for the town.

 Cycle Tech Oldham Bike Shop
 



 
 
 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Cycle Tech UK - Road Show 2015

Martin Wilkins the traveling mechanic and the brainchild of Cycle Tech UK. Will be touring the UK in his campervan come mobile workshop/display van. Visiting over 40 mobile bicycle mechanics working under the Cycle Tech UK name, known as "Members” of the network of mobile bicycle mechanics up & down the UK.


 
The Road Show will run from June till the end of August. The mobile workshop is kitted out to offer full onsite service & repair to most makes of bicycles. A stock of common spare parts and tyres. The workshop will also be stopping at cycle events across the UK, which are intend to get more people cycling. Where Martin together with of Members of Cycle Tech UK will give free bike checks and cycling related advice at different locations across the UK.
 
Martin will also will be meeting Members to talk shop, training, offer support, new business ideas and ways of offering better customer support in this demanding business.
The Road Show will be promoting the individual Members business locally and nationally.

Next stop Cycle Tech Bournemouth 7th July
 
Up and coming for new Members:
Cambridge, Lake district, Oxford, Reading & Marlow
 
There will also so be discovery days for those who are looking at starting their own mobile bike business. Where Martin will personally meet you and answer any questions you have over a coffee.
 
To register your interest for a discovery day or a cycle event you are organising please email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

National Cycle Event Support - UK

Cycle Tech UK event team can provide a full mobile bicycle repair service to all cyclists participating in cycle events across the UK to keep them on the move!

Our cycle event team support will be providing high end experience, working from a large mobile workshop, carrying the quality tools and spare parts and able to charge the going rate for their skills and knowledge. Many of these large events means working a 12 hour day and often including Sundays.

Cycle Tech UK event team only work with reputable cycle event organisers.

Local and European Events catered for by arrangement, Cycle Tech UK event team have over 40 professional mechanics across the UK

For further information or an informal discussion to tender your event(s) please call Martin 07739614579 or email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk

Mechanical support for race events
 

6am starts

Cyclists line-up for last minute checks
 



Cycle Tech UK Event Team

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Join The Elite In Mobile Bicycle Repairs

The largest Network of professional mobile bicycle mechanics in the world - Cycle Tech UK

Cycle Tech UK are the champions of mobile bicycle mechanics and have moved on from being the new kids on the block back in 2008 with our mechanics now becoming great legends in the cycling world. 
 
The Cycle Tech UK branding has grown in to a successful small business.
 

Join our network and be part of the team, working as a small independent business owner with the support and benefits of a national company. Unlike a franchise!
You can even buy your uniform direct, see samples From Oxford Safety Suppliers 
 


The mark of a pro mechanic
 
Cycle Tech UK is looking for like minded people with mechanical experience or with a love for bicycles to be apart of our growing network.
 
There are many reasons why some businesses become very successful while others fail.
 
Many businesses don't even make any money in the first 3 years, you may even have to get your wife/partner involved, work more hours then your previous job, with no time to go cycling and you may even put weight on!
To make your business a susses it really comes down to you, your investment, your time, your attitude and your decision making.  
 
Cycle Tech UK will help you be prepared to start and run your business. By networking with our members and with contacts in the bicycle trade. Working to our proven system and our good name.
 
Working under our branding will give your business value. As a Cycle Tech UK business you will be providing high end experience and able to charge the going rate for your skills and knowledge.
 
A big part of our success is down to each individual mechanic/business who promote Cycle Tech UK and their input with supporting our network. As Cycle Tech UK is not a franchise and this allows each business to be independent working under a national brand. Not only do customers like us for being a local business and not a corporate company where money is king. And our mechanics feel happy to put their skills and knowledge back in to our network.
Martin the founder of Cycle Tech UK has built the network of mobile mechanics to help and support new business setups and the growth of the individual business for the future.
Cycle Tech UK can give you the opportunity of owning your dream bike business  
Tips for success:
  • Having the right skills in bicycle mechanics is the important factor for success. People will use you and are willing to pay more as they trust you to look after their bicycle. You can gain these skills by training and experience.
  • Customer care; by making the customer feel they have value in your services.
  • Unique service; mobile service is very helpful and saves the customer time.
  • By doing what you enjoy and something you believe in, along with the help and support of Cycle Tech UK will give you the chances of owning your own successful business.     
Your first steps:
  • Is read all the Pages and Posts on this Blog. Use our Index 
  • Make notes and any questions you may have. There are 101 things to think about and everybody is in a different situation.
  • Arrange a meeting or chat with me to find out if Cycle Tech UK can help you and this business is for you.
  • Ask 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 Managing Director Martin Wilkins Email:  martin@cycle-tech.co.uk 
 



Saturday, 16 May 2015

Mobile Bicycle Mechanics Business - High Wycombe Area

Start with a new life change and do something you enjoy that also has a growing income.

Description:
This is an interesting and unique opportunity in the fast growing leisure industry:

FOR SALE: The Flagship Business "Cycle Tech High Wycombe" and surrounding areas. The highly regarded premier Mobile Bicycle Workshop in South Buckinghamshire. Est 2008
Have a job that you enjoy, that has a growing income and that you can still continue with when you retire.


Asking Price: £25k

Assets for sale include the intangible assets / goodwill including trading name (“Cycle Tech High Wycombe”), databases (e.g. of customers and suppliers), website, telephone number, logo and marketing material, general ‘know how’ and trading style, and the right to represent oneself as carrying on the company’s business, together with in-situ tangible assets including trading stock, spare parts, workshop tools and equipment.

Work is booked in every week and ready to go
This is a no brainer - Professional business, once in a life time opportunity to work, own your own destiny. By putting your hard work and effort in to something you own and not for a company, who suck you in and then spit you out.

Skills/Experience Required 
Ideal what I am looking for, but not essential, will have experience in all duties required for fulfilling the role of a professional bicycle mechanic. Or in the process of learning the following:
- Cytech qualified levels 1 and 2 or equivalent (C&G, EAL) 
- Experience in high end custom builds
- Wheel builder
- Experience in Bicycle assembly and PDI'S
- Competent knowledge of all bikes, equipment and tooling
- Organised and target driven
Excellent communication skills and a passion for cycling
Please email your CV/details to martin@cycle-tech.co.uk 
More details in full on application/meeting
Trading hours: Mon to Fri: 8am to 6pm Sat: 8:30am to 5pm Summer 9.00am - 12.30 winter Saturday at Bike Clinic location
Cycle Tech High Wycombe - The Mobile Workshop
 
Due to growing demand of Cycle Tech High Wycombe and needs of cyclists.
Full take over for a full time bicycle mechanic is required to buy Cycle Tech High Wycombe, to continue with high quality repairs and service with ongoing and new customers. Including working with local contracts and bike clinic locations, giving an instant business and steady income.
A once in a life opportunity to do something you love and make a good living from.

I am seeking investment
Start an instant business and earn today, by buying Cycle Tech High Wycombe. (Will include an investment from you of around £25k depending on stock and tools required)
High earnings. Experienced Mechanic would except to earn over £30k -£35k net p/a Of course it means hard work like any business.

Includes being part of the Cycle Tech UK Network with over 40 Members.  
[Other areas available]
 
The hard work of getting known is done and the business is making a good profit! 
* Good established business which has been trading for over 10 years.
* Niche business servicing and repairing cycles at the customer’s home and with the occasional sale of new bicycles and accessories.
* Located in an affluent area, with main service & repairs to high end road bikes. Followed by all levels of road bikes, MTB's, family bikes, hybrids and commutes.
* High gross profit and low overhead business which should produce good net profits consistently.
* Ideal business for an enthusiastic cyclist, an ex- mechanic, someone moving to the area or someone looking for a new challenge.
* Essential contact's in the trade and trade accounts included for best discounts on parts.

Business: Ongoing. Mobile service and repairs to all types of bicycle with sales of parts, accessories, bicycles and teaching bicycle mechanics.
The business has website, phone line, Stock, Trade accounts, Tools and large Customer base.
Has established customers, a reliable income, a reputation to capitalise and build on and a useful network of contacts.
A market for the product and service Cycle Tech High Wycombe offer, has already been demonstrated and market will continue to grow.
It will be easier to obtain finance as this business has a proven track record.

Reason to sell: Some people may be surprised I am looking to sell. But I am expanding Cycle Tech UK. But I will only look for the right person to join.
There is a Cycle Tech UK Members agreement and I will continue supporting and growing the brand. I will show the new owner the ropes and continue support, as in the standard legal agreement. This will free up my time to build the Cycle Tech UK branding.  

Includes:
  • Van - 2010 Renault Master MWB The mobile workshop and Fully kitted workshop, storage for tools and stock.
  • Tool kit
  • Customer base: Large customer base, local and 10 miles plus of High Wycombe
  • Website, phone number and email address
  • Stock essential workshop parts. Trade accounts, vital to operation of any business, to buy at the best deal, next day and technical help with latest products.
  • Support: On-going support as part of the cooperative network
  • Exclusive territory: See Map, Bike Clinic locations and paid cycling event support.  
  • Launch marketing; email newsletter, social media and website listing
  • Website: Listed on our website: www.cycletechuk.com & Cycle Tech High Wycombe website: www.cycle-tech.co.uk
  • You just need the 2-week training and trade insurance and you are ready to start.
Mobile Bicycle Repair Business - Workshop


There are many good reasons why buying an existing business make's good business sense.

Also included:
  • I will personally working alongside you if required for the first month or so, to show the ropes of the business, workshop, customers, website, trade suppliers and more........
  • We would start by doing a complete bike build, you can do this before your qualified training, to help with confidence, knowledge and to work to a high standard.
  • Day's on the road - dealing with everyday issues and customers need's.
  • If you have never been self-employed I will give you guidance on this.

One of the most frequent questions; Will customers trust the new mechanic who takes over the business or will they only want to deal with Martin? A. Loyalty vs. can’t wait! Most customers are happy to have their bicycle fixed as soon as possible and seeing a professional Cycle Tech UK mechanic in uniform are only too pleased. Some customers will expect to see Martin, as there is a trust, it would only be a matter of time and we would also promote the new owner in email newsletters, website and social media via a large database to help maximise your return. And I can also offer support at the beginning, working alongside you and introduce you to those customers.

Disclaimer:Viewing is essential to fully appreciate this business and strictly by appointment only.

For more information then please contact the Managing Director Martin Wilkins 
Email:  martin@cycle-tech.co.uk 


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Cycle Tech UK The Bicycle Workshop - Bike Shop

If you are thinking of opening your own Bike Shop Then there are something's to think about.

Some of our mobile mechanics have done just that, after just 2 years running their own mobile business have decided that a Workshops/Bike Shops is the way forward.

What makes them successful?
The main reason is knowledge, they say after 3 years of trading ,they would have done things differently in the beginning, if only they knew!

There is a lot to learn before your shop will become successful. But before you even open a bike shop, you should have put a plan together. To include, Shop location, size, layout, monthly outgoings, Stock list of parts & accessories, stock of bikes, trade suppliers, insurance, security, marketing and employee's. You may like to read Setting-up a bike business 

Both Cycle Tech Eastbourne &
Cycle Tech Snowdonia have both opened bike shops after running as a mobile outfit.



Knowing what bikes your customers will buy

Sales of bikes

£250 hybrids or £3000 plus carbon road bikes? Will it be down to the colour , will you have the right size in stock, can you order from your supplier next day? It will mean a lot of money tied up on the showroom floor. Price Range £300-2,000 is the price range to aim for.
At the end of the day bike sales will rely on getting people in the shop, having bikes outside your shop and the amount of passers by it draws into the shop is remarkable.
Bike sales change each week and season, you don't need to stock every size bike.

What to charge?
Labour for bike repairs; Bike shops charge on average £35 - £45/hour including VAT and have a minimum of 30% mark-up on parts.
VAT Reg?
If you sell cycles your turn over will increase, also you can claim vat back on your stock and van. You can also sell cycles on the cycle to work scheme. Remember you will need to stock a number of bicycle to sell one.
If you stock it will you sell it?

Epos system – to manage stock, bikes and booking in jobs. Also linked to trade suppliers stock. 
Its easy to buy too much of the wrong items that only sell twice a year and then it may go out of date.
Knowledge of what to stock is key to your success, Cycle Tech UK supply a stock list and a list of trade suppliers to its Members.
EPoS stands for Electronic Point of Sale. They can be used as a replacement for the old fashioned cash register, and can greatly improve the efficiency of your business.
The software used with EPoS systems is capable of a wide range of tasks that include monitoring stock, weighing items, taking payments for products, and keeping track of what has been sold and by whom. This allows you to keep better track of what's going on in your business, which will lead to better productivity and staff performance. An EPoS system helps your customers too, by reducing the amount of queues.
Specialise in the best on EPoS systems for you - Is Citrus - Lime
 
With an EPoS system, you'll get the following benefits:
  • A system that can monitor the transactions made by your business. What's been sold, how much stock there is, and who's sold what.
  • More functionality than the traditional cash register, a must for any business seeking to keep themselves modern and in the know.
  • A high degree of integration, meaning all your different machines can communicate with each other and work together better.
  • The ability to make use of touch screens and other technology that can reduce the amount of queues in your stores.
 Stock control using EPos

Customer care and decision making
The key is trust and the customer feeling comfortable in your shop. Along with your knowledge and decision making.
  • You will need to keep a balance of workmanship/customer care Between being a busy fool and not getting angry with customers.
  • Every job you take on is individual to the bike and customers needs 
Territory

Location location is key to the success of your bike shop but in the bike trade, if a shop 20 miles away is selling a top brand, the chances are you won't be-able to sell it! Do your research with local shops and suppliers.

Size

Will your bike shop be big enough, to stock new bikes, show products and have room for repairs.

Turnover & Expenses

Running a bike shop you will have bigger bills to pay each month, where's a mobile mechanic will have a much lower running costs and will probably make money in his first year where's a bike shop could take 4 years to make any profit. You will have to work longer hours to cover costs and more worry in the quite winter months until you become known.
Can you afford to employ a mechanic?

Its down to you to make your business work. They say in the bike trade, to make a million £££'s you need to invest 2 million!