Where does the time go.
2016 is flying by and the diary is quickly running out of space.
It’s been a busy year for Riders Cycle Centre. So what has been keeping me and the workshop busy.
It has been so rewarding in helping some customers put together their custom bike, their present to themselves or a new bike for a Summer adventure. We have put together steel 29ers to carbon road warriors. 27″ wheeled touring machines to the latest disc gravel bike (plus plenty of custom wheel builds).
The wet and wild winter lead to many bikes needing a service before hibernation and their summer counterparts take the reins. Unscrewing stuck bottom brackets usually lead to a cup of smelly dirty water dripping onto the workshop floor. We also have a lot of Summer bikes needing fresh cables and brake pads before they hit the dry dusty trails.
We also helped a lot of customers upgrade their bikes. Sometimes you may not NEED a new bike. You have grown to love your frame, fork and saddle but those old washing lines dangling from the old 9spd shifter no longer mix well with the new clean lines of the latest Shimano, SRAM or Camagnolo of your fellow riders. Riders Cycle Centre have helped lots of riders purchase some of the latest group sets available either online or from Riders Cycle Centre. The latest Shimano Tiagra 10spd group set allows you to run a Mountain Bike size 11/34 cassette which has helped a lot of you on those steep Dales climbs.
We have also done some of the more challenging research for you “Do I need a band on or a braze on Stu”. “Will my Shimano press fit work with my new SRAM cranks” etc etc etc.
Not going to be home on the allocated delivery time. Most customers have used Riders Cycle centre as their delivery address. I’m always at work (well most of the time) so I can safely keep your parts and have them ready to install onto your bike.
It’s great to be able to give something back. To be able to help someone who wants to work in the cycle industry. With so many opportunities to work in cycle retail you will need some bike shop/Saturday Boy/mechanical experience and at Riders Cycle Centre we are helping Laurance gain enough experience to gain his Cytech qualification. Laurance has been with RCC for a few months now and we have helped him set up his “Saturday degreaser” facility. Being able to disassemble your drive chain and reassemble the now sparkly clean parts Laurance is learning on the job and gaining that all important experience (All done under the watchful eyes for yours truly).
Our sponsored riders have been busy training, racing and riding. Jimmy Lund has been training hard at our Tuesday and Friday sessions at RCC. The hard Zwift work outs during the Winter has been replaced with some great sprint, climb and technique sessions on the Summer roads. Jimmy is a member of the Yorkshire Triathlon Academy and this year he has impressed his academy coaches with his riding. 2016 has been a busy year for Jimmy and he has represented his country and county on numerous occasions. A real star for the future.
We have also been able to help and support Stuart Cowperthwaite with his off-road riding. Last year Stuart took part in both the Yorkshire Dales 200 and 300 bike packing ITT. Glad to say he was the 1st back on both events and even rode the 200km YD200 none stop and set a blistering pace on the YD300. This year an injury prevented Stuart from an unbelievable time at the Highland Trail 550. With 480 highland off-road miles completed and with the leader in his sights Stuarts body decided not to play ball. If you can’t pedal you can’t bike race. Huge respect to what Stu achieved and I imagine he will return at some point to finish what he started. Stuart has some long distance rides planned and we look forward to working with Stuart to fore fill his aspirations. Thanks for flying the RCC jersey Stu.
All work and no play makes Stuart a grumpy git so I have also been out and about. RCC’s great friend Richard organised a wonderful Bike packing event in memory of Jenn Hill who sadly passed away last year. 80+ bike packers set off for a 11mile Lake District ride. The sun shone bright and the Lakes didn’t disappoint. A wonderful weekend on the bike and with friends. I’ve also dipped the old toes back into the cross-country scene and I have attended the round 1,2 and 3 of the Nutcracker Mountain Bike series. Round one saw me finish in 15th. Round 2 at Dalby Forest saw me finish on the podium in 3rd and round 3 which was also the Northern MTB championships saw me ride home in 6th. I also joined members of my local cycling club, Skipton CC on a trip the Belgium and took part in my 2nd Tour Of Flanders. 144 miles of Belgium roads and cobbles plus a few iconic cobbled climbs thrown in. 8 hrs of fantastic road riding. I’m looking forward to my ride in August. On the 11th I will be riding from Haworth down to Brixham (445 miles) to see my dear old Dad (We scattered his ashes in the harbour) and spend a day at the harbour and reminisce on days gone by. Should be a great ride and an opportunity to raise some funds for Cancer Research. Watch this space.
“What else does 2016 hold for you” I hear you say.
There are so many things I would like to do but fixing your bikes takes priority but expanding the shop and our facilities is something I am excited about.
I will continue to help and support our sponsored athletes in reaching their individual goals and aspirations and I hope that by working alongside me at the workshop our trainee can secure his Cytech qualification and leave opportunity open for another RCC trainee.
Riders Cycle Centre quieter months will be filled with my Cycle Maintenance classes and public maintenance and info evenings.
I am very excited to be able to give a little bit back to the local cycle community and with that I would like to introduce you to my Public Bicycle Work-bay facility. It is Riders Cycle centre intention to allocate a section of the workshop to a public work bay. Here you can work on your bike with professional tools and with a pro mechanic at hand if needed. In conjunction with our degreasing machine and quality parts at hand you can work on your bike with confidence and assurance. The new work area will also benefit our trainee who can make use of the extra tools (and not use mine) and equipment. The Riders Cycle Centre maintenance classes will also have a designated area in which to teach in and allow clients access to cycle specific tools and equipment.
Very soon I will release my crowd funding page to raise funds. I hope our rewards based funding scheme will appeal to the local cycling community and maybe further afield. By contributing you can gain free use of the facilities. Bigger donations will earn you free cables and brake pads. If you have a local company and would like to donate a larger sum then we will have your company logo above the work bay and we will hashtag, link and promote your business in any social media posts or local paper editorials.
For further information regarding our public work area or if you would like to be part of our Team RCC sponsorship package then please contact me at Riders Cycle Centre 01756 796844