Thursday, 25 February 2016

ParkTool 2016 New Products

Always a pleasure to meet the guys from Parktool. When they visit the UK at this years trade show and see the full range of tools their new products.
 
With Calvin at the Parktool trade stand
 
 ParkTool 2016 28 New Products catalogue
 
Must have tools:
  • ATD-1 adjustable Torque Driver. The most used tool in the workshop? Used for new bike assembly and general maintenance - Ideal for stem & bar bolts, seat post bolt & brake rotor bolts. Includes 3,4,5 & T25 bits. Adjustable to 4,4.5,5.5 & 6 Newton meter (Nm)
  • FR-5H Cassette Remover. With a difference, no need to remove quick release skewer to fit this tool. Saving time, as it slips over the nut and uses the nut to centre its self, while removing and fitting cassette.
  • TL-6.2 Steel Core Tyre Levers. Provide smooth, scratch free operation and super strength for the tightest fitted tyres.
  • TWS-1 Torx Key set. Used in those hard to fit locations, like rear brake callipers, where a socket is to big to use. Torx head bolts are becoming more common on bikes.

 
Trust me I'm a bike mechanic sticker
 


View the new tools and their uses in more detail on Video



Monday, 15 February 2016

How much a bicycle mechanic makes per year?

The BIG question - Discussing mechanics pay-cheque

How much can a bicycle mechanic make per year or charges per hour? This will depend on many factors, like; your time served, skill level, knowledge, your reputation and your location.

Question: A job that comes to you, that 2 other mechanics have looked at and could not fix. But you sorted the problem out in less then 10 minutes while the customer waited. How much would you charge for knowing what to do?

People may think mechanics is not a skilled job or don't understand what's really involved. If you want to embark on this career and you decide that working in a bike shop is for you, especially at a young age, it will give you good mechanical skills and knowledge while you are on a low wage, that you can then use your time served to start your own bike business. Providing you have managed to save a small nest egg to get your business off the ground or on the road as a mobile mechanic.
I talk with many people who offer a great services and that are a cut above the competition, but they are failing to make any money. These people who stay stuck in a cycle of undercharging for their work. They won’t budge out this trap, no matter how many people tell them that they’re not charging enough (even their own paying clients).

“If you’re making £35,000 or less in your business, it’s not a business, it’s a job - Nell Merlino"

I was a little offended with those words. But I’ve come to see the validity in that message (and I realise that I was in denial about money at the time, not charging enough for my time and skills).
If you were working for someone else, and had to work for long hours a day to make ends meet and still generated less than £35,000, you’d say something would have to change, right?
  • Folks who constantly undercharge also tend to work very long hours each day and don’t stop.
  • That drive to keep working without stop often stems from a lack of confidence that what you deliver is really good enough.
  • What you offer is different from your competitors, but do you know how, exactly?
  • Are you finding you are spending too much time with a customer then what you originally anticipated? You thought it would only take an hour but you was at the job for over two hours and only charged an hour of your time, plus you had to travel to the customer.  
  • If you are becoming stressed from this, then the customer will see this and is not good for business as the customer will not recommend your services. (Don't want to become known as the grumpy bike shop owner)
It's how you can offer your service and give your customer a sense he has had value in the service you offer and you show that you actually take care of his bike(s)

Every customer wants your time, focus, patience as well as a quality job. By charging more you become less stressed and then you can focus on their real needs, giving more time and customer support. Amazing work is better then doing a lot of work!

If you are not really sure what your work is worth, and what it could command. Then contact me today. martin@cycle-tech.co.uk and I will show you. 

The mechanic working in the bike shop: 5 & 1/2 days a week, depending on skill level and time served is between £13k to £19k and the head mechanic is found to be below the national average of £26k. It can be seen as being paid shop assistants pay and not a skilled person's pay.

The Mobile Bicycle mechanic: While it might not be regarded as a highly skilled job, it does take a certain type of person to be a bicycle mechanic, along with time and money to build your business. And if done right is very profitable.
Your weekly work hours may be less than a shop, at actually fixing bikes, as you will also have non-productive time. Such as time travelling, booking in customers and looking up parts. Its more about having multi skills and not multitasking.
Running your own bike business, you will need to charge more then triple to what your employer in the bike shop is paying you per hour.  

The Spanner In The Works: Depending on your work area, your business setup, your brand name, your customer care, your mechanical skill level, your skills of running a business, running costs and how you manage money, will all have an impact on how much you can earn. If you feel you are worth it and work hard, then sky is the limit.

A mechanic in and around London and affluent areas across the UK, rather than remote areas of Scotland can charge more per hour. People living in affluent areas are higher earners, have disposable income, ride more expensive bicycles known as "high end" and also clock up the mileage, resulting in more servicing and tune-ups.


"You need to cover business running costs and make a living".

Working out what to charge per hour

The figures are set as being prudent, to allow any hidden costs or unforeseen circumstances. Once you are established, have the knowledge and conference you will earn a lot more. Nothing is guaranteed and you could make more or less then these figures show or even lose money.

This is only an example and will depend how you intend to run your business. This can be discussed in more detail 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.
Put your business figures in below to see how much to charge per hour.

First work out your yearly overheads for running your business:

Vehicle maintenance costs
Fuel
Vehicle insurance
Business insurance
Bank charges
Admin/Accounts
Office equipment
Web/domain
Phone
Stock
Training
Other

Your Total = £      

(You should also think about cash flow, buying stock and quite times)

For example, you want an annual income of £30,000 and consider 1350 chargeable hours realistic (30 hours a week for 45 weeks of the year, taking into account holidays and time off sick). £30,000 divided by 1350 = £22.00   
(Bike mechanics tend to work 6 days a week, you could say this would be 36 hours a week)

If overheads are £20,000, divide that by 1350 to give the amount you need to charge to recover in a year (£14.81).

Now add in a margin for the risk of being in business of say £7,000 (again, divide by 1350 hours, which equals (£5.19). Note: Increase this amount if you also want to increase your stock level by reinvesting.

So to cover your £30,000 income, £20,000 overheads and £7,000 profit you’ll need to charge £42.00 an hour (£22.00 + £14.81 + £5.19).
Still feasible? Compare this with your direct competition.

Once you’re satisfied that you can set prices that meet market expectations and give you a return on your investment, calculate if you can realistically meet ongoing financial obligations and commitments to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Hourly rate for mobile mechanic across the UK varies widely according to location, demand, client and service offered. With the average hourly rate being £40.00. Min £30.00 and £55.00 upper level.


"You will need to have the courage after around 6 months of trading, to review your business and put your prices up to the going rate in balance with the value of service you now offering"

As a service-based business, even though people might be paying you for your ideas, expertise or specialist knowledge, essentially you’re selling your time. Given that you (and any staff) will need to take holidays and spend time on administration, business planning and other non-chargeable tasks, avoid basing your calculations on 40 hours of chargeable time every week for 52 weeks every year. This is both unrealistic and unsustainable.

"Be realistic about how many hours worked each week will actually be chargeable".

Note: There is a mark-up on selling parts*. This profit can be used to cover hidden costs, stock of parts and Tax. But you need to have a good stock control and know what to stock!
With experience and demand, you can expect to charge more. Also work out what you will pay tax per year and divide by 12. And deposit this amount each month in to a savings account such as a cash ISA. You can also do this for your business insurance and then you will have the money each year ready to pay out. Once your business is established, you can pay yourself a monthly salary in to your Private Bank account and keep a good cash flow in your business account.

"Running costs is the second most important factor behind pricing. At the start, it's very unlikely that your costs will be low".

I am often asked how many jobs do you need to do a day, as a mobile mechanic? One if it’s the right job! It is a good question for anyone looking at starting a business plan, but needs to be looked at in more detail:

Whilst a good majority of what type of work you will do is unique to the individual requirements of each repair/customer you see. (Every job and every customer is different and your prices and service will reflect this)
Getting your pricing right, is one of the biggest factors in starting and running any business. It's all too easy to devalue yourself and your services. You should have an hourly rate and a price menu that should be used as a guide to help you charge accordingly.  

Gauge your pricing by what your customer's say: You are getting tips and the customers says you are too cheap. Or if you have a customers saying that you are charging too much, then you know to keep below that higher price. You can always bring the price down, but it's hard to charge more after. You don't need to offer discount on everything.


"You should not give quotes (or even vague estimations) without seeing the bike in question".
Example based on a mobile mechanic after trading for 6 months or more:
The basic service carried out is £65.00 plus any extra work and parts.  Depending on type of bike and use (You may fit tyres to a service, but don't charge extra for fitting. But any extra work to the service becomes chargeable as extra labour)
Parts will have a minimum mark-up* of 30% Work shop parts such as chains, cassettes, brakes, cables, tyres and tubes can be brought in bulk and give you a better margin. It used to be fair to say in the bike trade that parts did have a 50% mark-up, but now it would be more like 40 - 50% on bulk buying items. That a minimum profit of £40 for every £100 worth of parts and accessories you sell. That may sound good, but you do need first to know what to stock, have the investment to buy and even when you have been in business for a while you still need to replace stock.

You would need to sell around £25,000.00 of stock each year to make £10,000.00 profit

You will also need to consider a day rate per mechanic for event support, fleet and corporate work.
Typically, £280 - £350 per mechanic.

"Consumers are used to cheap products but not cheap services. If customers value your product more than that of your competitors, they may pay more. However, in order to charge higher prices, you have to know how to sell the value you're offering".

Service & Repair times:
There is no book times to use as a guide, you need to have some flexibility, with the different types, styles of bicycles. Using your guide and hourly rate, should cover your running costs. Make sure you are charging for your time, including any diagnostic work, any cleaning to make inspections, time undoing rusty/corroded parts, time with customer making any last minute tweaks and adjustments.
A basic service takes an hour to complete. (this will depend largely on the bike and its usage). Here at Cycle Tech UK, to help new business owners and to show the customer what exactly has been carried out in a service and including a report, we work to a service check sheet.
As a guide once you have worked out your hourly rate you can work out your time for any extra work carried out. If you have carried out a service and fit extra parts, you may do the extra work at a slightly lower rate, as you will also have a profit margin on all parts. Where the customer supplier's parts, then you may increase your labour charge slightly. (30% value of the parts you are fitting is a good guide)
So for example if you fit two brake cables and re-tape handle bars during a service you need to charge for your time, bearing in mind that part of the service is adjusting brakes and the bike is already in the work-stand. You can do this in two ways, charge slightly more for the parts to cover your time or calculate the extra time. If the extra work is an extra 1/2 hour, times your hourly rate by .50 (An hour becomes 100th so 45 minutes = .75) 

"You need to have a minimum charge of say £20.00, to cover your time".

As a mobile mechanic from time to time we will arrive at a job and the bike is not economically worth repairing or it's a BSO.
A good mechanic will give the customer a report and advice, or even sell them a new bike


If you also have to travel out of your way you can also add a travel charge, I find customers are happy to pay, as it saves then the hassle and time taken their bike to a shop. 

Doing 4 services a day fitting extra parts such as tyres, brake/gear cables, chain and cassettes. This will give you an average turnover of £300.00 a day. Of course jobs day to day will vary, but over the year it will average out.
High end bikes have more expensive parts; means a bigger margin.

"Know how and when to raise or lower prices. Raise prices when you offer, and can sell, more value; when your own costs have increased; or when you see higher demand and have the flexibility to do so".

There will be days where you service more bicycles or the bicycle needs an overhaul service and more parts are required and you need to order to complete. These jobs are called work in progress.
So you will need a cash-flow to cover these jobs until they are completed and then invoiced.

I don’t recommend offering credit, all jobs should be paid on completion and any specially ordered parts should be paid for at time of ordering.

"It's best to be known for doing a good job and charging the correct amount then being known for doing a cheap job!"
Because you are worth it.
Those who contact me or I meet to talk about the possibility of them starting their own mobile bike business that they often say; They see a gap in the market with offering a better service or they feel they can do a better job then what they have seen at their local bike shop.

Customers are often happy to pay more to have someone do a good job and take care with their bike. Rather than their bike taken into a broom cupboard and told to come back later or we will call when its ready.
The professional mobile mechanic is not only convenient by visiting the customer, but also offers a face to face service, where the customer feels they are receiving good value. And it's not unusual for the professional mobile mechanic to charge more per hour.
"Good mechanics take their time with customer’s bikes, they do not rush procedures and they make sure to preform each step carefully. That means they will not be able to handle large number of customers". Continue reading



What others say: 

How much should you pay for a bike repair in a London bike shop?  24/02/2010
The bike shop assistant will then test out the bike, confirm it doesn’t work and tell you how much it costs.
At this point you either just go yes, hand it over and walk home in a miserable state or go home and think about it. In a miserable state.
How do you know if what they have quoted you is a good price?
Continue Reading: London Cyclist


What do you charge per hour or what are you willing to pay for someone to come to you and fix your bicycle at your home?


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Cyclists Need more Bike Mechanics & Related Posts

While cycling continue to grow across the UK, there is a high demand for more bicycle mechanics.

You may think customers shop around to get a quote to fix their bike, in-fact most customers are calling in the hope to find a mechanic who is available.
In the quite months customers may be more inclined to wait, but Spring to Summer they want their bike ready yesterday. Some businesses do offer same day service (Even though you have to book this, it's more of a "while you wait" service) It do's give the customer more choice and for the business can be seen as charging a higher rate for the privilege.

"Whilst customer care is key to the success of your business. You should not overlook offering options for each customer's need's that fit in with your business operation, along with taking care of your customers bike. They will then tell their friends and word of mouth is the best advertising".



Cyclists Need more Bike Mechanics. What do you think?

What others have been saying:

Cycling Industery News - Velofix: “The floodgates opened with Trek’s B2C announcement, dealers know what’s coming”. “We’ve eyes on the UK and Australia, but in theory our cloud-based infrastructure could easily go global. Setting up in a territory takes between 60 and 90 days,” says Guillemet. “With 46 vans now on the road in the US and Canada, the model’s proving a success. Some franchisees are paying off their investment inside the first month. The floodgates have really opened. As soon as Trek made their announcement of B2C via the dealer I think countless dealers just lost faith in the future of traditional brick and mortar retail. Continue Reading: Cycling Industry News


From Duncan the editor of the Cycle Trade Magazine - "I’ve been hearing numerous success stories from businesses that are not reliant on bike sales. Mobile mechanic operations are an area that is growing rapidly as is bike fitting and related services such as sports massage and personal training, even spin classes are taking on a life of their own with dedicated spin studios opening around the country." Continue Reading: Cycle Trade


Pedal power - The unstoppable growth of cycling 4 January 2016
More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, an all-time high according to British Cycling, the sport's governing body in the UK.
For businesses in the cycling industry this means booming sales. At Halfords, which is responsible for one in three bikes sold in the UK, sales of its bicycles were up 11% in the year to 27 March 2015.
This growth was led by the retailer's most expensive "premium bikes", which saw sales expand by 24.9%, following growth of 30% in the previous 12 months.
Meanwhile, sales of UK manufactured bikes rose by 69% in 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics. Continue Reading: BBC News


Can You Fix It December 2009
"Once upon a time it was plumbers. Now bike mechanics are in dismally short supply. So is it time to consider a change of career?
"Tell people to take their bike to a bike shop, however, and they tend to tell you back that it's more urgent than that, that they can't manage the wait. Demand for bicycle repairs is clearly exceeding supply, and the reason is simple: there just aren't enough trained bike mechanics". Continue reading: The Guardian Bike Bog




Bike repair straight to your door – meet London’s mobile bike repairmen 08/04/2010
What? You still go to a bike shop for repairs? How very 90’s of you. When I put up a post about how much you should pay for bike repair in a bike shop a number of the responses surprised me. Quite a few people are removing the bike shop part of the formula. Instead opting to have repairs done in the comfort of their own home. For that matter it doesn’t have to be at home. It could be anywhere.
You simply call or text the mobile bike repair company and they come to you. Continue reading: London Cyclist



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.



Cyclists Need more Bike Mechanics. What do you think?




Saturday, 13 February 2016

Stanforth Bikes - British Steel Frame

Today I had the great opportunity to meet Simon Stanforth in Brighton and test ride the Kibo+.
Simon the owner of Stanforth Bikes. Who comes from a family of bike builders, being the son of former owner of Saracen Cycles.

"British bike manufactures are reporting a rising demand. And Britain is world known for making quality frames and parts that last".

Stanforth Bikes launched the Kibo, in spring 2014, an all-terrain touring bike. All the bikes are designed and hand built in the UK. The frames are made using Reynolds tubing and built by the Britain's top frame-builders, predominantly Lee Cooper. The bikes soon become popular and customers asked for a higher spec and in 2015 the Kibo+ was launched. Next year there will be a Rohloff hub version available. Also in design is a fitting for a kick-stand and V- Brake option!  

Stanforth Bikes, are not just built for world bike tours, these bikes also make great everyday comfort & reliable riding and weekend bike packing. 
A British made frame & forks and British assembled in England. Giving these bikes a low carbon footprint, with using top quality components that are serviceable and not part of the throw-away society! 
Now with the week pound, it's now ideal to buy British and explore our own back yard!

 Simon Stanforth with kibo+

Brooks saddle

Brooks handle bar grips

Cable fitting for canter leaver brakes and rear rack fittings

Beautiful looking forks


Look out for Simon and the Kibo+ At this years Bespoke bike show in Bristol. April 12 - 14

Stanforth Bikes Brighton




Sunday, 7 February 2016

Teach Yourself The Art Of Bicycle Mechanics

Why Do It Yourself? 
There are many reasons to learn a new skill or expand on your experiences, whether you want to be a home mechanic or a professional. The main reason being you can teach yourself, so you’ll at least be able to do the basic servicing your bicycle requires so that your bike(s) run smoothly. Also able to troubleshoot basic problems when they arise and you’ll have the sense of achievement that you did it.
By taking the time to get a grasp of how your bicycle works together to make it move, you might even acquire a taste for mechanics and embark on a whole new career path.

"On the average, it takes 2 years to become a fully qualified bicycle mechanic and specialist may require additional training & experience"

A person with good manual dexterity and a desire to figure out problems often has what it takes to become a mechanic. This also requires an ability to stay current with bicycle technologies and product knowledge.


At a very young age, I was taking home old bikes, I brought or swapped from friends, to a shed I had in my garden. I would strip the parts off the bikes with my Dad's tools and even strip off all the old paint from the frames. I would be in that shed for hours! My Dad would take me to the local bike shop and I would buy tins of spray paint and repaint the frames and build the bikes back up. I got known in my village and I was soon fixing my friends bikes, my teacher would send me home, as my hands were covered in oil! My Dad brought my first tool kit at the age of 10 years and I still have those tools today.
Less about me, this post is about you teaching yourself, that little story is to let you know, it takes time learning anything new and dedication to do things to your best ability. And I am still learning new things today, the bicycle is always being redeveloped by the manufactures in the hope to sell more bikes and of course new technology. But it's about having a mechanical understanding.

Over the past few years, people have not been passing on the skills to their children, in-fact there is a lack of those leaving school and willing to learn skills using their hands.
Many new houses are built very small and no room for a shed, making it difficult to peruse any type of DIY work. Also having a family there is no spare cash and many things are cheaper to throw away and buy new. But there is a comeback, British bike manufactures are reporting a rising demand. And Britain is world known for making quality frames and parts that last.

How do you go about making a DIY mechanic out of yourself?
You should buy yourself a couple of books that explain each concept in an easy-to-digest way, with an illustrated guide. Then build your skills by buying an old bike, some tools and have a go! But Most people however prefer to take a short course in mechanics and instead of reading by themselves, turn to the internet. The only problem being, there are several wanna-be mechanics who have uploaded instructions that are not always clear and correct.

"Study manuals to learn to repair certain problems".

Bicycle Maintenance Books & Documents
By reading books on bicycle maintenance will give you a better understanding.

  • Books such as - Zinn and The Art of Bicycle Maintenance. Road & Mountain Bike and Parktool Big Blue Book Of Bicycle Repair.
  • Free On-line PDF's - Bicycle Maintenance Made Easy  - Bicycle Repair & Maintenance For Dummies - And my favourite read Barnett's Bicycle Repair Manuel There are also PDF's you can search on wheel building.
  • Videos - YouTube- ParkTook and also buy DVD: Fundamentals The Mountain Bike Technique Video, that includes; Bike set-up; Frame prep, Installation, disc brakes and bleeding, chain length, indexing and suspension. Learn to build your own bike and maintain it. Buy From Amazon
  • ParkTool - Repair Help A large database of how to fix and maintain your bicycle.
  • Manuals and parts diagrams - First try looking on the manufactures website and look under technical help/support. 
Before you embark on mastering the art of bicycle mechanics and working on your bicycle, always follow the manufactures instructions for each component. It would be great if you could get your hands on the manual or even better the parts diagram which will show an exploded view, that will give you an idea how things come apart and go back together.

"Learn the bike frame tube names and components"

The Bike Shed
For the simplest of repairs and adjustments you do not require a workshop.

Ideally you need space to work on your bike or better still a permanent place. "The Bike Shed" That you can build a work area to include a work bench, a tool board and space to store your bike(s).
Better still, have a radio, coffee machine, heater and a sofa, to make it more comfortable. Don't forget to wear old cloths and use a good hand cleaner after working on your bike. 
 
Tools
Start by buying tools required to the tasks you feel you have confidence in doing. You can slowly build your tool kit with the more experience you gain. The most obvious tasks being; Changing a tyre/tube, inflating your tyres regularly, cleaning and lubricating, looking for safety issues before setting off, adjusting brakes and gear cables.
You will also need somewhere to store your tools; a tool roll, tool box or a tool board, to keep your tools clean and easy to find. Also somewhere to store small parts! You need to treat your tools the same as you would your lover.

"Learn how to use hand tools commonly used by bicycle mechanics".

Some of the advanced tool kit - in a tool roll, that can be laid on a work bench or hung on a wall.

Once you start buying tools it can become addiction, so start by buying only tools that will have significant use. You can always take your bike frame to your local bike shop or call a mobile mechanic to do the little jobs that use the big expensive tools. Like bottom bracket re threading and facing tool. I have the full set of tools as my livelihood depends on it and I do see a return on most of the tools I have. Even tools wear out and need replacing. For tools that are used regularly like hex keys I buy the very best quality for a good fit and long life.

"Use the right tool for the right job, if it don't fit don't force it!"

Some suggestions:
  1. Basic tools: For on the road repairs, tyre replacements and simple adjustments. View HERE 
  2. Home Mechanic tools: For a bit more complex, and if you can create a well-organized workspace with a work bench. Keeping your workspace organized is probably the best way to make maintenance and repair easy. View HERE
  3. The Advanced Mechanic tools: A full range of tools to work on different type of bicycles and perform more complex jobs. Where a clean and tidy workshop is a must. View HERE
Each kit will also require extra items to be purchased as required.
1. Basic tools plus a track pump and a pump for carry with you or on your bike. Bike wash kit and lubrication
2. Home Mechanics Tools plus Bike work stand
3. The Advanced Mechanics Tools plus wheel truing stand

See the complete list of bicycle tool manufactures HERE 

Continue building your skills by obtaining formal training.
Training programs are often recommended due to the increasing complexity in the field.

A formal program provides classroom instruction and hands-on training

Find training schools in bicycle mechanics HERE

Also view our ParkTool Home Mechanics School, is ideal for the start-up home mechanic, to setup tools and give you confidence. To see where available and also huge discounts on tools and parts when attending a 1/2-day course See HERE for more information.

Put all your experience and gain more by building your own bike, choosing the right frame and parts to your budget and style of riding.

Oily Handshake

Martin

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.



Monday, 1 February 2016

Rotor - Hydraulic Derailleurs. Uno Road Group Set

Test ride of Rotor Bike Components - The Uno Road Group Set; Hydraulic Derailleurs and Q-Rings at this years trade show. With Rotor Boris Hrusovsky "International Customer Service" and a invite to have a tour of the factory later this year.

Always an excellent opportunity to test new technologies & products before they hit the market.


  • That will hit the market in spring 2016 and Rotor has yet to quote exact figures for pricing.
  • The low-pressure hydraulic line and mineral oil is certainly lighter than lengths of steel cable and housing.
  • By flicking the grey lever on the rear derailleur, you can manually position the cage at to any gear, and then lock it into place again. To remover rear wheel or for a lower gear to ride home in the event of a crash.
  • Levers are fully adjustable for different size hands and Uno shifter paddles operate much in the same way as SRAM’s well-known DoubleTap system.

Uno Road Group Set Rear Derailleur

Uno Road Group Set Front Derailleur
 
Rotor is manufacturing and assembling all of the components of the Uno road group set in Madrid Spain. Then shipping complete assemblies to Magura in Germany for bleeding and final testing.
 




Mobile Cycle Repair Revolution - Whatever The Size May Be

The idea of operating a mobile bike business may no longer be a new one. In 2007 when I started this business I have seen The Mobile Cycle Repair Business grow from around 40, to what must now seems like 400 mobile vans out there!
Back then some were doing this as part time or as a hobby, a few running as a professional setup and that have been established for some time! And there is still no difference in the type of business setup whether a hobby or professional today. People are having a go, but as with any existing new business opportunity's, there will always be those "here today - gone tomorrow" no different with the bike trade, we see many setup their business in the summer and then can't sustain the winter. Don't let that put you off, there are many that are established and making a nice little nest egg for themselves.

"There is a large market out there if done right! And if done properly it can be very profitable".

Not all businesses are mobile. There is also The Hybrid Model "Collect & deliver" and fix them back in the workshop/shed/garage. There are advantages as well as disadvantages with both these types of business models. (The pitfalls can be sheared with you, in a Skype chat or meeting, where you can find out more info about our network, see if this business is for you and talk over your business idea in more detail). "If you don't get it right, you will fail at the first hurdle."

Cycle Tech UK like to do things different

The mobile bike business is not going away; in fact, it is still growing.
It fits in to a nice niche market, of cyclists looking for a convenient and flexible service.

"It's a good thing to have competition in any business, it means everyone is going to have to raise their game and that means us here at Cycle Tech UK"

Here at Cycle Tech UK we like's to be different and set ourselves apart from the rest. As well as being known as convenient, we are also known for being professional and offering great value for money. By drawing on years of my experience in the bike trade, being self-employed and our support network of mechanics. I can constantly look at new ways of working in a changing market with suppliers and looking at demands of today's cyclists! With the advantages of being part of any network you can achieve that no one can achieve working alone.

It does not feel right buying components from on-line suppliers "The Chain Reactions of the internet world". Cycle Tech UK believe in working close with our trade suppliers, as well as our network having a buying power and new business setups as a Cycle Tech UK business you are able to open trade accounts. Our network also has access to technical support, new product knowledge, further in-house training and a host of other advantages that saves us time.

By not working to cooperate targets, Cycle Tech UK has established itself and can grow very big. But we choose to grow things slowly and grow each business so our marketing can be more targeted without losing the great service we offer. Cycle Tech UK is unique in that we offer a local independent friendly service, working face to face with each customer. With the backup and support of the largest national network of mobile mechanics in the business.
Like everyone we are seeing a market boom and thanks to the networks long established reputation and well trained mechanics, business is continuing to grow. However, that simply is not enough, we continually push our business in the right direction and by growing steady it is also realistic enough to know what can be archived and expanded on with our multiple locations. Key to our success is being unique, open minded, supportive and our strong branding.

Unior Master Wheel Building Tool Kit
Each business or "The Member" will have the industry's training, full tool kit and stock to carry out most jobs on site. Along with insurance and service check lists, the rest is up to them how they run the day to day of their business and of cause offering the very best in customer care.


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.