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 90’s. That’s 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 an apprentice mechanic to take over the mechanics from me 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. After a very busy few seasons i longed for something more solid. I opened bike doctor in 2011. Bike Doctor is now 6 years old and has grown from a mobile service to a full size retail store. I still love making my passion my career.
I feel fortunate to have spent a summer season 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 fix machines 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 1” of suspension to 10” 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 20 years I have ridden and raced in some great locations from local XC races around Yorkshire to the Megavalanche in Alpe d Huez.
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!