Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales 2017 Mechanical Support

Cycle Tech UK supports the 2017 Dragon Ride The Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales returned for its 14th year in 2017. In addition to the one day Dragon Ride on Sunday 14th June, some riders participated in the Dragon Tour: two additional days of cycling for those who are up for a multi-day challenge. The Dragon Ride distances ranged from 100km up to the massive 305km Dragon Devil ride, with a total of 3,544 riders participating.

Cycle Tech  UK provided 7 mechanics in their vans to support the Dragon Ride, with two of these also supporting the Dragon Tour. For the Ride they were stationed at feed stations and strategic points on the route. Sunday weather was wet, dry, sunny and windy.

These events are a good opportunity to market our network as riders come from all over the UK, it's always a busy day and riders tend to come all at once, with wanting tubes and borrow the pump being the main issues but anything can happen on the day!

A BIG thank you to our mechanics for supporting and keeping riders wheels turning.....................

Van used as bike rack!!

Phil at feed station 2 had a constant stream of riders coming over to the van from 10 until 2, to have various ailments fixed. These included punctures, tyre replacements, chain replacement, vanishing chain ring bolts and brake blocks, worn out cleats, broken pedals as well as gear indexing and end stop adjustments. The feed stations were well provisioned with energy products, food, water and toilets, although a bike rack would have been a bonus considering the number of riders parked on the van.

Top of first big climb. Bit windy up here!!

First of the riders passing mechanical support
(Bike stand makes a good van defender)

Map - Dragon Ride L'Etape Wales

Last day at the L'Etape Wales Dragon Ride and we meet The Devil!!

If you like to be part of our network of mobile bicycle repair specialists and start your own bike business, then get in contact today martin@cycle-tech.co.uk


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Business Hacks - To Start Your Bike Business Today

Wasting time and money is very common in starting any new business in the early days.

Every mobile bike business is faced with the dilemma of how best to maximise return of investment and to start making a profit.

Cycle Tech UK have a network of business owners who have been there. Cycle Tech UK have listed all money wasting ways and how best to invest your time/money for mobile bike business owners as part of our welcome pack to help you better invest your businesses money and time.
  • Bad Advertising & Marketing 
  • Custom Websites
  • Too Small Van
  • Not being organised
  • Lack of business & technical support 
  • Pricing for services
  • The right suppliers, stock and tooling
  • Not understanding cash-flow
  • And more..............
What if there was a way to start your own local bike business and you knew you was going to spend your investment wisely and get a fast return.

"Working with Cycle Tech UK will allow you to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls often associated with mobile bike repair start-ups"

Well by joining our network of business owners you can do just that and have contacts in the trade along with support from the largest network of mobile bicycle repair specialists.

The mobile workshop is at the heart of cycling
Mobile has changed the way repairs are carried out to suit the modern day consumer. Providing localised mobile bike servicing and repairs to a growing market in high demand.

Our network of mobile mechanics are all unique by giving our customers an unforgettable experience and ease of service at their home or place of work. Customers who have engaged with Cycle Tech UK recall this positive experience and share with their friends, work colleagues and fellow club riders.

Business Hacks -Maximizing your business potential

"By spending a day with me - not just getting your hands dirty, but also talking shop over a Colombian coffee inside the mobile workshop"

Members of Cycle Tech UK have the chance to spend a day with me or a lead Member. Going over tricks and tips needed before you are out on the road meeting your own customers. 

Cycle Tech UK will also give you the support to start and run your own bike business.
  1. Investment - Showing you where to spend you money wisely and getting a fast return
  2. Van - The mobile workshop, Buy the BIGGEST van you can afford
  3. Sign write your van - Be seen, our branding can secure a long-term name & success
  4. Tools - buy the best, you need to make your living from these tools. Tool kits from Park tool and different brands have specialist tools that you will need out on the road.
  5. Get mechanical experience - Easy when you know how! 2 week Training course is a start, but also networking with those who have already been there and knowing how to check a bike for problems/faults before the customer finds it. Gone are the days of untrained mechanics, now it's a trusted team of both qualified and ongoing training technicians working in fully-equipped mobile workshops. Where workshops can display their first class services direct to customers, show what's wrong direct with customer and give advice are the ones who can generate customer trust and in turn credibility that sees customers return time and time again.
  6. Product knowledge - Having mechanical/business support backup for those what to do moments, makes your mobile bike shop look more professional. 
  7. Kit your mobile workshop out - Custom-built-workshops "there's a places for everything and everything is in its place" Being organised is key to operating a successful workshop. The quicker you can find the parts, tools you need and have the space to perform each task easily, the quicker the job will be done correct first time and you can be on to the next lucrative repair, improving your potential turnover.
  8. Pricing - Have a price list/menu, the biggest problem in any business is not charging enough for your services.
  9. Stock list - Knowing what to stock, of workshop/fast moving parts and building on the small parts. 
  10. Suppliers - Buying from trade suppliers will give you the best deals on bulk buys and those hard to find parts that consume time finding! Having trade accounts is essential for all bike businesses to be able to do warranty work. 
  11. Being found - Established 2007, knowing what works and what to avoid when it comes to advertising. Our on-line presence; web, facebook, map and postcode search we share with our business partners making it easy to find a local mechanic. 
  12. And most important - It's our responsibility knowing who our customers are, what they need and the many ways we can help them. Then we can be efficient in what we do and we can also offer advice to match their cycling needs, telling them to pump their tyres up regularly to the correct pressure, what are the best wheels for their type of cycling...............
Service check lists, price menu, essential tools and stock lists

Start your own bike business today
Join today - Business and Technical support, trade contacts, welcome pack, day with me, branding, your local work area, support network.

Having established a large footprint within the UK cycling market, Cycle Tech UK is looking to capitalise on the many considerable opportunities that lay ahead. 

Cycle Tech UK is looking to continue to grow with the right individuals, in this exciting and hugely expanding industry.

We have great bunch of Cycle Technicians and are proud of our achievements, if you like to be part of our network, then get in touch today. 

I'm not a flashy salesman - I will just tell you how it is and then you can make your own mind up if this business is for you.

"I'm someone who started his career in a bike shop, getting his hands dirty. Now proud to be helping others endure their own bike business and making it a livelihood they can be proud of"

I can show you how to start your own professional mobile bike business for under £15k

Always happy to meet and answer your questions
over a coffee.

With over 20 years experience running mobile mechanical businesses. 


 If you would like to receive a copy of our  information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model then please contact Martin Wilkins


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

e Bike Training And Seminars

Being part of any network is good for business, our network members benefit form being kept up to date with the latest e bike training.

"Continuous Learning: An Essential Strategy for your Personal Success"

Product Knowledge is key to a growing business
  • Cycle Tech UK encourages ongoing training to its Members. 
  • Cycle Tech UK Gathers, shares and exploits technical and business knowledge with its Members.
  • Our Members think up clever new products, services and share ideas. 
  • Networking - Training days, trade days are great ways to see new products, network with people working as mobile and meet contacts in the trade. 
Join our network of BOSCH eBike experts - our Cycle Tech UK mechanics are now BOSCH eBike trained


ebco e Bike Training And Seminars BOSCH & Tranz X

e bike training certificates 

e bike training manuals, parts catalog & diagnostic kit Shimano Steps & BOSCH systems

You like to start and grow your own bike business and stay ahead of the competition, then why not join our Network "Cycle Tech UK" The largest network of mobile bicycle mechanics in the world.

We are looking for hungry individuals to become our network partners operating their own local mobile repair business in territories that complement our established network throughout the UK

If you would like to receive a copy of our information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model then please contact the Managing Director Martin Wilkins

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Bike Shop and Mobile Repair Service

Our 4th Cycle Tech has now opened a bike shop and continues with offering a mobile service

Cycle Tech Hertfordshire

Contact: Mike Narramore
Call: 07767305064


97 Old Watford Road St Albans AL2 3UN

Open Day

CTH Cycles

 Salsa Bicycle

ebikes

To start your bikes shop email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk today 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Just Start Your Bike Business - As You Will Never Be 100% Ready

Do you dream BIG?
  • Do you think every day about working for yourself
  • Can you visualise fixing bikes and meeting cyclists 
  • Do you read, research bicycle mechanics and everything cycling related every day
Then its time to put your dream into reality

You have a dream to start your own bike business, your passion with cycling is very strong and have been thinking of this idea for a while now. So you have started a business plan but now see pitfalls in your research that stop you from starting..............................
Then you could just start your bike business, before you tell yourself the reasons why you can't.

"don't wait for opportunity, create it"

Chase the paper or the dream

By doing what you enjoy and the money will come. Work on yourself, success is something you attract and not something your pursue. If you want to get paid more, then work more and give more.
If you are expecting to earn £25k or more you will be disappointed, you need to turn your expectation in to apreastiastion. That's the day you become wealthy

"don't start a business just to make money, start a business to change people's lives"

Common questions I get asked:
  • I need an idea of setup costs and possible income etc?
  • How many customers do you think I need to be able to earn £25k?
  • How many jobs per day and how much income do I need to do per day?
."In the bike trade they say. to make a million you need to spend 2 million"

This is not exactly easy to answer as it will depend a lot on the size and standard of your mobile bike shop. However, most people who start a mobile bike shop that will be around a transit high roof long wheel base will spend around £25k setting up their business. The lowest amount you could probably get away with is £20k.

The following will factor into how well you will do

You can put bike shops and mobile bike businesses into 3 categories:
  1. The hungriest -Those who run a successful business, by just doing it and making it work. These businessmen have invested over £25k on setup, get involved in networking, make smart decisions and plan. 
  2. The hobbiest - Those who run a business for pleasure and happy to make £20k / year. 
  3. The And those who go bust after 1 year.
How do you intend to run your mobile bike business?
  • What size van
  • Buy used, new or lease 
  • Have you run a business before
  • Do you have money to invest
  • Do you have mechanical skills
  • Do you know how much you should charge
  • Can you get up in the mornings
  • Are you disciplined 
Getting up to speed
  • May take you 6 months or 10 years
By joining a network of established like-minded mechanics who have years of experiences and contacts in the trade, will give your business the kick start it needs. 

"Stay hungry - You may have the passion to start your bike business. But you must first know the reason why and what you want to achieve from running your own business?"

Meet Martin; Founder of Cycle Tech UK 
For a coffee and chat to find out if this business is for you!

Related Posts:
  1. Commitment To Your Mobile Bicycle Repair Business
  2. Make It Happen - Your Mobile Business A Success
  3. How much a bicycle mechanic makes per year?
  4. Mobile Mechanics Article - The Figures

We are looking for hungry individuals to become our network partners operating their own local mobile repair business in territories that complement our established network throughout the UK

If you would like to receive a copy of our information brochure which provides further details, joining fee, including an overview of our business model then please contact the Managing Director Martin Wilkins

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Remove Cannondale Road Bike BB30 Crank - Without Special Tool

Onsite repairs from the "van"

You are servicing a Cannondale Synapse with a 3 piece crank and the bb30 is worn and you don't have the recommended tool?

Improvise:

Cannondale Synapse

Place drift through axle 
Find a drift that fits inside the axle and 5 mm shorter! (92 mm)

Screw back in crank arm plug

And use Park Tool CCP-22 extractor tool

Extract crank arm off

Carefully remove spacers

Water droplets inside bottom bracket

Drift I used was a tap holding tool

Spacers and seals placed on the axle and cable tied for safe keeping


Monday, 6 February 2017

Oxford Safety Supplies - Workwear For Bicycle Mechanics

Top quality workwear for professional mobile bicycle mechanics

Oxford Safety Supplies

Cycle Tech UK Mechanics have access to order online, that includes full workwear, artwork, embroidery or printed logo to back of T-Shirts.

Didcot

Jacket

Baseball Cap

T -Shirt

Apron 



Friday, 27 January 2017

Every Bicycle Needs A Mechanic

Mobile bicycle mechanics give a more personal relationship

  • Cycle Tech UK focus on the professionalism of the bicycle mechanic
  • We are changing the image of the bikeshop mechanic and customers believe in our mechanics
  • We interact with other mechanics and share ideas. We get along, as we have a common interest of bicycle mechanics
  • We don't complain, we just get on with every job and give the best advice 


"Every bike needs a mechanic" which I think is an obvious truth, yet many bike owners don't conceive of it

The reality is, that when a bike comes to us for fixing, we find other items that are also show signs of wear, that we can use the opportunity to sell further parts and labour.

If I can fix it and there is money to be made, I will
Back in 2007 when I setup Cycle Tech "The mobile bike shop" I worked on everything that came to me. None of this “Take it back to where it came from”


Every Bicycle Needs A Mechanic

At the heart of cycling

Cycle Tech UK - The largest network of mobile bicycle mechanics in the world.
Being part of any network is good for business and working under our logo gives you credibility. 

Claim your territory today and join the rapidly expanding Cycle Tech UK Team. Opportunities available across the UK.

Cycle Tech UK do the donkey work, so you can build your own bike business and get up and running more quickly. 

For a information brochure to learn more and a meeting with me to see if this business is for you. Please email martin@cycle-tech.co.uk

Martin has over 20 years of running mobile mechanical onsite repair business.

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