I have worked in the cycle industry for over 20 years in a few different ways. I started my mechanical journey in Leeds biggest independent cycle shop, Freewheel in the 90s where I first learnt the art of fettling and started the Cytech training in cycle mechanics. In my time there I learnt a lot and quickly progressed through to a level 3 Cytech technician under the watchful eye of the head mechanic. After 3 happy years there and when the time was right I left Freewheel to join Halfords as a cycle specialist and head up their venture into the more higher end of both road and mountain biking. Over time there as the business grew I trained up a team of apprentice mechanics to take over the running of the dept. so I could move to a new Store opening up in Kirkstall in north Leeds. After over 4 years with them I wanted a new direction in my bike career.
I Moved over to the French Alps and lived the dream servicing clients bikes by evening and guiding in the mountains by day. That’s where i first began Coaching, After a very busy few seasons i longed for something more solid. I opened bike doctor in 2010. Bike Doctor is now over 10 years old and has grown to involve both servicing and coaching, I still love making my passion my career.
I feel fortunate to have spent a few years working summer seasons as a mechanic and mountain bike guide in the Portes Du Soleil region of the French Alps. That was a fantastic experience, a real challenge to ride, guide and teach whilst in a beautiful part of the world. With only having limited mountain resources and having a wide variety of bikes to fix it certainly led to some thinking out of the box to remedy some problems!
I have witnessed and fixed pretty much every type of new technology that has have been developed for bikes. From cantilever brakes to hydraulic discs. From early elastomer suspension to full blown DH rigs! A lot has changed in the world of pushing pedals in the last 20 years and I have been amazed how far the humble bicycle has come!
As a brief work history that is just the tip of the iceberg from me as mountain biking is the major passion in my life. Through being an avid rider and competitor for the last 25years I have ridden and raced in some great locations. Starting in XC races around Yorkshire to the Birth of Enduro in France in the legendary Megavalanche in Alpe d Huez. I still love racing and I am still fiercely competitive with frequent results in the top 20 in my category.
To ensure I am kept up to date on all the latest innovations and developments in biking I have undertaken the role of official guide, mechanic and coach both to my local biking club and to all my riding friends and their friends too. This means I am able to keep my fingers dirty whilst keeping their fleet of bikes maintained. All these repairs on a wide variety of machines with different technologies has meant that I keep my practical skills up to date. As a bonus it means I am not short of free cakes and post ride drinks too!