Dave Howard- Owner

I decided to set up a Cycle service repair business in 2008 after running a business in a completely different field for 8 years. Big on Bikes is the fruition of a dream that I had since I started fixing bikes with my Dad from the age of 10 years old. My dad found “skip” bikes and brought them home, taught me how to rejuvenate them and we then sold them through the local paper. Cycling was my main form of transportation for over 15 years, I cycled everywhere, even visiting friends in Andover from Cambridge one Bank Holiday weekend (250-mile round trip) with a radio strapped to the handlebars and map tucked in my back pocket. I now am more of an off-road rider, enjoying the Peak district MTB trails and countryside. I do also own a road bike, but this is mainly used for Bikeability training & Charity rides.

I am a Cytech Level 3 Master mechanic, a Fox Accredited Suspension Service Technician, a DT Swiss Wheelbuilder and an E-bike service specialist (Bosch & Shimano StePs).

I am also a Bikeability Instructor & British Cycling Ride Leader

 mechanicSimon Allen – Senior Mechanic

Having got back into road cycling after a hiatus of a few years and after a local bike shop didn’t do a great job of repairing my bike I set out to learn myself, volunteering at a bike recycling charity and funding myself to Cytech Level 2 (the cycle maintenance A level). After a year’s volunteering I wanted to learn more advanced methods and procedures and become a full time mechanic.

I have been at Big On Bikes since 2015. I am the road specialist, a wheelbuilder, designated Campagnolo man, fount of all knowledge bottom bracket wise, and the OCD organiser of the workshop. 

I don’t get much time to ride but I have also become interested in mountain biking so have a dabble at  that on a 10 year old Kona as well as some casual road on my Giant Defy.

I am a Cytech Level 3 Master mechanic & a Campagnolo technician


Kevin Fleming – Mechanic

I have been around bikes since I was 13 which is a very long time ago!!

You can often find me in the woods on a Sunday building, maintaining & riding MTB trails and jumps around the local area.

I have worked at The Bike Club, a notforprofit community workshop as Project Co-ordinator and was Operations Manager for eBikes Derby.

I am a Cytech Level 3 Master mechanic.