Our Team

Rowan Smith / Shop Owner
Rowan Smith (Shop Owner)

Rowan Smith

Favourite quote:
I always liked the quote on the Prodigy Album “Always outnumbered Never outgunned!”

Best tool in workshop?
The Park stand - Obviously!

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?
“I had a problem with my gears, so I played with these screws on the back.”

What do you do at the shop?
Sales on the shop floor, accounts, admin, social media marketing, stock management, mop floors whatever is needed really.

What is your past experience, for working in your position?
I studied Media at Uni and worked various jobs while living in London: - Runner at a Post production studio, Accounts assistant, Exhibition sales executive. But I only began liking my job when I started in the cycling industry. After ten years at large, corporate cycle retailer I decided to start my own company with the help of my past partner Mike Wakefield. Since we opened in 2012. I have become a Cytech qualified mechanic, Trek precision fit technician and a Bosch E-bike specialist. I love my job and I love learning new skills.

What do you like about working at your shop?  I have an amazing team, we get on and we get the job done - what more can you ask for as a boss?

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like playing Basketball, doing outdoor stuff and spending time with my family and kids. When I do get out to ride, I am usually riding reconnaissance for our Half Hundred sportive. If I can, I love to ride Bedgebury or the Afan Forest.  I do a lot of stuff for the Scouts and the local Church, But what I really like to do is watch the NFL while drinking and shouting at the telly.

Jack Priddle / Head Mechanic
Jack Priddle (Head Mechanic)

Jack Priddle (Head Mechanic)

Favourite quote:
“If you're going to go out, go out in a blaze of glory.” (Guy Martin) 

Best tool in workshop?
Quick link remover

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?
“I found this cheaper online…”

What do you do at the shop?
As head mechanic my responsibility to make sure everything that goes out the door is safe - and to my demanding standards.

What is your experience, for working in your position?
I am a Cytech 3 qualified; and Brompton accredited mechanic.  I have been working in bike shops since 2011. Before that I was a Cat 3 racer with Eastbourne Rovers.

What do you like about working at your shop?
The store is relaxed I didn’t get on with the corporate feeling at my previous shop.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I like visiting National Trust properties and spending time with family and loved ones.

Archie Hurst / Senior Mechanic
Archie Hurst (Senior Mechanic)

Archie Hurst (Senior Mechanic)

Favourite quote:
“Shut up legs!” Jens Voigt

Best tool in workshop:
The Dag tool – the derailleur alignment tool.

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?
BB30’s need to be ousted.

What do you do at the shop?
Fix bikes and get bikes roadworthy

What is your past experience, for working in your position?
Cytech 2 mechanic – have been with the company since March 2014

What do you like about working at the shop?
Friendly Atmosphere. Nice Customers

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Restoring stuff – I’m doing a boat at the moment. I like Sea Angling and Photography.

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