Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Mobile Bicycle Workshop - Professional

Best advice for anyone starting their own mobile bike business - Buy the BIGGEST van you can afford!!!!!

Citroen Relay LWB High Top

Your van. It's the most important piece of gear you can bring with you to do on site repairs. It's not just any old van, it's one that is designed to go the distance.
If you've never been a mobile mechanic before, it can be hard to know how to pick out the right one. 

You might have dreams to start a mobile bike shop, working from a van that offers all the types of service and repairs at customs home, place of work or from one location.

Your budget might be hindering your goals, That's ok as we believe you will still get there.

Start your own mobile bike business slowly taking small steps and make it the best business on the road, by building a professional Mobile Bicycle Workshop.....................

"To do a professional job and get known for it, you will need a well equipped and organized mobile workshop"

Bott racking system - easy to keep tools and stock organise, with worktop. Lightweight and strong.

1. Choosing the right van

For pickup and delivery service ONLY:
A van that you can store a minimum of 6 bicycle while in transit. Time is money and you need to be productive and efficient in you collection and delivery with your customers bicycles. Its not unusual to arrive at a customers house to pick up a bike and they have 4 bikes and the next door neighbour asks can you service their bikes!
  • Renault traffic, Nissan Primastar, Vauxhall Vivaro, Ford Transit custom (short wheel base)
For MOBILE service, repairs and event support:
The Mobile Bicycle Workshop - Where you will have a fully kitted workshop and parts store kitted in the back of a van, without compromise or forget it. This will be your biggest expense, so get it right as it is the only way to run your mobile business efficiently.
My choice: the Renault Master, as is low to the ground, good head room and more space then the Transit.
  • The minimum size - Ford transit long wheel base high top, Renault Master medium wheel base, Peugeot Boxer medium wheel base.
  • Full size - Renault Master & Peugeot Boxer Long wheel base, Mercedes sprinter & VW Crafter long wheel base.
Renault Master LWB 

2. Buy new, used or lease
  • Buy new or lease is great for minimal mechanical problems, reliable and looks professional. If you are going to be VAT registered, then it makes sense buying new or leasing.
  • Buying used is always a risk and takes time to find the right van. Buying with no VAT is not always easy to find buying from a trader, so look for private sales. Vauxhall Vivaro type vans for pickup of bicycles ONLY can be brought from Ex BT, also check out auctions for a good deal of ex lease vans that have been serviced. like anything take a mechanic with you for inspection and read our GUIDE 
  • Once you get your used van back home, it will need a service & *cambelt change. *If requierd
3. Kit your van out
  • Choose your layout - Being organised, tool and parts storage. View racking systems HERE
  • Working area - Your operation - Work inside the van, outside from the rear or from the side?
4. More info
“Starting your own business can be a daunting process. Research shows that many people who want to run their own business may need more help when they’re starting out"

Do you have over £10k to invest? And 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.

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