For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed the freedom of cycling, and mountain biking has always been one of my passions along with many other outdoors activities.
I started working in the bicycle industry at the age of 14 when I enquired about a Saturday job in my local bike shop. I quickly gained mechanical knowledge and spent a number of years working part time improving my sales techniques and learning to work on all types of bikes, whilst earning the money to pay for my bike obsession.
When I left school I spent 10 years travelling the world, visiting over 30 countries, experiencing other cultures and ways of life. After returning to the UK, I worked in forestry and conservation. In 2013, an idea formed whilst sat around a campfire, became reality and Velocipede Cycles was born. From then to now the shop has come a long way. We have continued to improve the business and we are evolving all the time, but our emphasis is still on providing outstanding customer service and establishing good customer relationships and a hub for the community of cyclists in Tunbridge Wells, whether you’re an occasional leisure cyclist or an avid amateur racer.
CURRENT BIKE: EVIL OFFERING V2
ROCKSHOX LYRIC ULTIMATE
ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE ULTIMATE RCT
SRAM X01 CRANKS
SRAM X01 DERAILLEUR
SHIMANO XTR BRAKES
BIKEYOKE DROPPER POST
HALO GRAVITAS WHEELS
EVIL CARBON BARS
MAXXIS MINION DHF / DHR
When not working, I’m riding. Cycling is in my blood, whether it’s working, competing or racing for pleasure.
Having ridden many different types of bikes and disciplines, including Downhill, Enduro, Dirt jump, and bmx, and also having worked for a high end road brand, I have a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience. Combined with that I have more than 20 years’ experience in the cycle industry and like to keep up to date with developments in all the newest and current mountain bike technology.
For several years before joining Velocipede Cycles, I built and assembled tailor-made bikes for a custom road bike manufacturer.
I completed the Mega Avalanche endurance race in 2013 which was as enjoyable as it was seriously hard work! On a less strenuous note, I enjoy road trips to Wales, riding around the Surrey Hills and local trails as well as a good session at the local pump track.
If I'm not riding or working on bikes I enjoy nothing more than some time with the family, pizza and a cold stella.
CURRENT BIKE: YETI SB150
ROCKSHOX ZEB ULTIMATE 170
ROCKSHOX SUPER DELUXE COIL SHOCK
SHIMANO XTR BRAKES
SHIMANO XTR GROUPSET
RACEFACE NEXT R CRANKS
RENTHAL FAT BARS
RENTHAL APEX STEM
DT SWISS EXC 1501 CARBON WHEELS
ONE UP DROPPER POST
CRANK BROS STAMP ONE PEDALS
DT SWISS CARBON WHEELSET
Customer Service / Workshop
I am the newest member of Velocipede Cycles, and relatively new to the industry, but I am a very keen rider and just as keen consumer. Having come back to mountain biking after a long love affair with powered two wheel vehicles, I have been shocked at how much the modern mountain bike has evolved. They still work (mostly) the same, ie you have to pedal and steer, but the light, incredibly capable, full suspension bikes that are available now from the likes of Orbea, Yeti, Evil, NS, and Kona (yes those are the brands we stock) are almost as enjoyable for the engineering as they are to ride. And they are FUN to ride.
My first year back was on a good full suspension electric mountain bike and I have a lot of time for them, it definitely made coming back to riding more fun. The latest versions with the smaller batteries and clever management systems keep them well under 20Kg, meaning they are great to ride and feel almost like a normal bicycle, so the future looks good!
One of my biggest weaknesses has to be trying not to buy half of the new stuff that turns up at the shop, we stock so many drool worthy parts, accessories, and clothing from all the right brands its hard to go home empty handed!
CURRENT BIKE: ORBEA RISE M_TEAM
FOX FACTORY 36
FOX FACTORY DPX2
SHIMANO EP8 RS MOTOR
SHIMANO XTR DERAILLEUR AND SHIFTERS
SHIMANO XTR FOUR POT BRAKES
FOX TRANSFER KASHIMA POST
RACEFACE TURBINE WHEELS
ONEUP CARBON BARS
CRANK BROS STAMP 7 PEDALS
MAXXIS MINION DHF / DHR