Dave Howard- Owner
I decided to set up a Cycle service repair business in about 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. He 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
Simon Allen – Senior Mechanic
Having got back into road cycling after the boom of 2012 and after a local bikeshop 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 spring 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.
Zach Mclaughlin – Mechanic
My name is Zach Mclaughlin and I am a Cytech 3 master mechanic.
I decided to be a cycle technician due to my past in BMX, where I would often repair my friends bikes in the driveway so I learned my way around a bike from the age of 14.
My love of bikes goes back to the age of around 10 which is when I started riding BMX. During that time I broke a lot of bones and had a ton of stitches.
Unfortunately when I was only 16 I was involved in a serious cycling incident where I was not wearing a helmet. That resulted in me being left with a traumatic bran injury, which meant after a long hospital stay I had to learn to walk, talk, cycle and do the most basic tasks again.
Shortly after my recovery I decided to try out the mountain biking side of the spectrum and decided it was actually a lot more fun and relaxed.
I have a few bikes myself which range from a single speed road/commuter bike to mountain/dirt jump bikes, which I maintain religiously.
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 2 mechanic.