Thursday, 24 March 2016

Mobile Bike Shop Franchise Opportunities

The cycle industry is changing at a rapid pace and with the ever growing number of on-line sales, the mobile bike shop is what many cyclists are now turning to, as it that fits in with their busy lifestyle. Also more and more on-line bike sales like the peace of mind of a new bike assembled correctly and large companies like to promote cycling to work, where there are opportunities to service entire fleets.

"we’ve grown accustomed to ordering everything online"
 

The traditional bike shop may no longer look like the best business, with high setup and running costs. With more cyclists turning to the internet to buy bicycles and accessories.

Mobile Bike Shop Franchise Opportunities:

Velofix Started in Canada 2013 and now claim to have 46 vans on the road in Canada and the USA.
Van, kitted out, signwritten and filled with Park Tool gear, sit within the $90,000 set up cost.
See more HERE 

Velofix





Beeline Bikes who operate a fleet of mobile repair shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Beeline Bikes franchise requires a total investment of between $78K - $130K. See more HERE



Beeline Bikes





Consider doing it yourself?
If you want the freedom of being your own boss, flexibility, not working to targets, 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.
 


Is the mobile bike shop franchise the way to go?
Before you make the commitment and part with your hard earned money, make sure you’ve got a realistic picture of what life as a franchise owner would be like:
  1. Its the American way/dream - is it your dream?
  2. You should always call and talk with 2 or more existing franchises and find more of an average performer, to have a better understanding of profit v's setup and running costs, to see whether this is a business that builds wealth and helps create financial independence, or more of a daily grind where you end up netting the minimum wage Ask the question "Would you buy this franchise again if you had it to do over again?"
  3. Has it been over marketed and sounds better then reality? "is often more of a testament to the aggressiveness of their PR efforts than to the strength of their franchise program.”
  4. What are the reasons you want to work for yourself? Or is it you like the safety net of having work found for you - but having to pay for the privilege!!!!!  
  5. While corporate work is profitable and it may sound good to someone new to this business, reality is that your main business will come from private customers. Who are more loyal, pay more and pay same day - giving you better cash flow.

A franchise is not for everyone. Read why HERE


Monday, 21 March 2016

Add-On Services to help your business

Being a mobile business, already makes it very convenient for cyclists to use your services, so why not offer more.............

Whether you are still in the early stage of building your business, reputation, client base or wish to expand and need to find ways to bring in more revenue.

Then why not Improve on what you have already built or starting, by offering more services like:
Start by re-connecting with those customers who have used you before, by letting them know you now offer the above service(s).

Interested in getting involved with becoming part of the network of cycle assembly and have customer pointed to you? Please read on.......................

Must have UK Map
List of approved local bicycle mechanics
 
Why add your business details?
Whether you're big or small, well established or start up - listing your business details with us will not only help you gain new customers but it will also help you maintain your market share........
By reaching out to the unknown market - people who have not heard of you, who are looking for your type of business.

Why choose our map?
Our MAP and Business Listing is often the 1st port of call for UK businesses that sell bicycles on-line looking for a local mechanic or I use to direct a cyclist looking for their nearest mechanic when they contact me with their enquiries. If you are not listed, it'll be your competition receiving those enquiries.
Unlike a magazine or newspaper our map is not a throw away item and people looking for a local mechanic can click on your details or make an enquiry, depending how your details are listed. There are two packages to suit your business needs - Associated member "CycleFix" or full Cycle Tech UK member.


Will it work for me?
If your business offers a service or product relevant to people in the UK looking for a mobile bicycle repair mechanic, we have the ability to get your business details out there in a professional way.

Who are we?
A network of mobile bicycle mechanics - Martin Wilkins who started the network of mobile bicycle mechanics to help show the way to start and run your business, shearing business information and contacts in the trade, until you are confident to go alone and then you can help others start their dream business.

"Everyone needs a little helping hand and guidance to avoid the pitfalls"
 
A cooperative of like minded bicycle mechanics, that are professional and want to be found by cyclists and be known in the trade. Shearing ideas and being prepared with changing trends.
 
To know more view our MAP and get in touch to add your entry
 

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.

All ready a mobile bike business? Then join our Facebook Group - Cycle Network for national coverage of cycle assemble and service support. We can direct customer looking for your services.

 


Sunday, 6 March 2016

What's Included In A Bicycle Service

Its a bit like saying how long is a peace of string, unless you know the answers and use a little bit of common sense.

Be ready to answer the customer:
  1. How much is a service?
  2. What’s included in a service?
  3. How often should I have my bike serviced?
1. Service charges:
When a customer calls you need to ask some questions first to decide what bike they have and the age, use etc….. It’s sometimes best to say when a customer call’s you or emails you; the price is from £45 plus any parts and is best I see your bike first before giving you a price.

"The bike may need a clean before you can inspect for wear, which can take ½ hour"

If you feel they have a cheap bike then say a pre check will be £20 to see if your bike is cost efficient to repair, which is not chargeable if a service/repair is carried out. It will also depend on the model, age, use and how far you are going to travel.

"You may be asked why a 12 month old bike the headset and bottom bracket has worn out!"

2. Service will include the following:
To our check list -
  • A pre check (M check) including a Safety check of parts that may be damaged from a drop or a fall.
  • Check seat & handle bar height to rider (With kids do this first as they grow out of there bikes fast)
  • Clean chain and jockywheels (gear parts) before inspecting and lubricating
  • Remove wheels and check alignment and hubs for play (Adjusting is part of the service being carried out, strip down/overhaul is chargeable as an extra)
  • Inspect tyres Inspect brakes and adjust
  • Inspect gear and drive chain components including bottom bracket for wear and adjust gears
  • Inspect head set and steering.
  • Report of any additional work that is required to customer with estimate of cost
Tip: “Always road test every bike you have service or repaired.”

3. Service Intervals:
Manufactures very rarely recommend any service schedule
  • This will depend on how often the bike is used and the conditions used in.
  • Once a year for normal use, with a brake & gear service in-between.
  • Quit often a bike may have a lot of worn parts, and that’s why we carryout a pre-check, which should show up if the bike is past it’s economical repair life and just charge a fee of £20 for a inspection & report.
  • If the customer does not want all the work done in one go, then book them in your diary. Similar to what a dentist offers, this go’s for the next service. Don’t forget to take/save there email to send them a reminder! "This may not always possible or feasible to do, as you will find out if a bike needs parts/overhaul, then it needs doing in one go for it to run smoothly and give you a reputation for doing a good job".

Look for trouble before the customer finds it! "Brake pad alignment"

Other things to think about
 
Offering advice to a customer when working/visiting on site
When explaining what a customer can do between servicing:
  • Do not use WD-40 to lubricate a bicycle chain
  • Check tyre pressure at least once a month and advice on the correct pressure
  • Bike wash (DO NOT USE A POWER WASER)
  • Prolong the life of parts there are some simple steps you should take...............
  • Sale of accessories - Pumps, oil and cleaning products

Bike wash:
This is what many bike shops don’t offer, but makes a difference when you hand the bike back, can just be a brush and wipe over, if the bike has been left in the shed.
If it is going to take you time to wash, then you will need to explain to the customer, that there bike needs a clean before you can inspect parts and lubricate!

Keep customers informed:
If you have to take there bike away to repair, keep the customer updated with the cost and estimated time of repair.

“Being let loose on top end bikes is down to developing a reputation. After a year, I am now starting to get high end bikes because of a reputation - all it needs is one good job with the right person and the word gets around. I've invested a lot of effort into making sure I do a good job every time, especially as an inexperienced repairer - I've put quality first. I have quite a network of contacts and customers - working very locally that means I'm always working with someone who either knows someone I know or knows another customer. Nobody has ever queried my qualifications - they have queried my experience. If people won't let you loose on their bike, it means that they haven't seen what you can do. Recently, I fixed an old 4400 Tiagra 9 speed for someone who had been fiddling it for a year. I spotted that there was a fault on it making it miss a change at certain points, but used being aware of that fault it could be made to work reliably. That fix got him talking to everyone in the club and the calls have started coming in. I have never invited business from my own club, I have been deliberately low key - nothing worse than getting a reputation for being a leech within the club.” Ian Spenny Cycles Ltd

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.