Steve Smithson is the Cycle Mechanic and is a City & Guilds Qualified Bicycle Mechanic and Workplace Trainer & Assessor. I've been servicing and repairing bikes for over 49 years and running this business for the last 10 years. I was stripping and adjusting eccentric bottom brackets (and cursing at cotter pins) at the age of 8!
I've owned many different types of bike ranging from tandems, mountain bikes and tourers but my favourite was my mid 1970's matt black MKM road bike kitted out with a Shimano Dura Ace groupset. That bike got me a number of top five placings, the most memorable a 2nd at Oakenclough. Not bad considering I was dropped on the second lap! I managed to get back to the peleton and then broke away into the wind with another rider. We were then joined by one more rider and the three of us stayed away until the line.
I'm on this photo of the recently founded Velo Club Preston c.1976 - Back Row: Arthur Greenwood, Dave McDonald, Steve Smithson, Dave Hogg, Tom Sheehan, Graham Payne, John Lindsay, Andy Stewart, Ken Rigby - Front row: unknown, Alan Sellars, Bob Margerison, John Hayhurst, Eric Maymon. I think Pete Muttock is just off left (with his dog?). Brian Cookson must have been absent. Apologies if I've got a name wrong. The photo was taken at Longridge motor racing circuit where we trained on a Tuesday(?) evening. I can remember rolling a 'tub' on the tight Weighbridge Corner. The circuit was sold in 1978 and is now a caravan holiday park.
Another memorable race was the Cleator Moor criterium around 1977 or so where again I got a 2nd place if I recall correctly. Anyway, I'd been staying in Keswick and got a lift to Cleator Moor with some mates. I rode my guts out and got the placing. When it was time to leave no one was going back via Keswick (I couldn't even persuade the Kent Valley boys to take a detour) and I had to ride back in total darkness over the Whinlatter Pass!
As you can see, I've been involved with bikes for many years and can help you with yours. All work is by appointment. Just get in touch and we'll slot your job in as soon as we can.
The Cycle Mechanic is also a member of the Federation of Small Businesses.