Handsome Bicycles / Hastings

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. 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.

Harry Wiseman - Supervisor

Harry and his Madone!

Favourite quote:

Yes Man! – I am up for anything!

Best cycle equipment you use?

My cycling bibs they are so comfortable I feel like a ballerina.

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?

I like to moan about the state of the roads, all the potholes and the aggressive drivers. But that’s not about the cycling industry really.

What do you do at the shop?

Sales assistant

What is your past experience?

Cycling – I rode to China last year to raise money for C.A.L.M (campaign against living miserably) I wanted a challenge – it was sort of a non-religious pilgrimage. https://wisemanstour.com/

What do you like about working at the shop?

The camaraderie of the staff and I get to see all the new stuff first!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Rock climbing, Kayaking, Films and Sex!

Charlie Arnold - Sales Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Arnold 

Favourite quote:

Life is like riding a Bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving – Albert Einstein.

Best cycle equipment you use?

The Bontrager ion Pro Front light

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?

Some drivers are too aggressive

What do you do at the shop?

I take the bins out – Sales Assistant

What is your past experience?

I did my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver and my NCS. I am doing my A  levels at the moment and I need money!

What do you like about working at the shop?

The Staff are loving and enjoyable and its good fun.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like to be out and about. I like Rock climbing and Kayaking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Jex - Sales Assistant

Emma on a cold day

Favourite quote:

I don’t have one- you’ve put me on the spot – I’ll have to think about that.

Best cycle equipment you use?

My Bike. Which one? I love all my bikes equally I can’t choose one!

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?

There should be more women in the industry

What do you do at the shop?

Sales assistant – Part time

What is your past experience?

I love cycling and I love bikes

What do you like about working at the shop?

It’s Friendly

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I work at my other job! Or I’m cycling!

 

Owen Vidler Sales Assistant

Owen Vidler

Favourite quote:

Live life in the Bike lane!

Best cycle equipment you use?

My Brooks Cambium Saddle

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?

Some riders are in a clique I think some people should not be so snobby.

What do you do at the shop?

Sales assistant

What is your past experience?

I work part time at the shop, and I am currently studying a BSC in Marketing at the University of East Anglia

What do you like about working at the shop?

The friendly Atmosphere

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Cycling – I am in the cycle club at Uni – I also like Music – I play the guitar.

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