I’m Dumfries born and raised (and grateful for it!), I grew
up surrounded by great countryside to explore both on and off-road cycling.
From building my own jumps in the local woods to exploring the wider trails of
the 7Stanes and later bike packing through the Hebrides, I am self-taught in
As a kid I was always repairing bikes out of my parent’s
shed, I worked my way up to owning my own bike shop for 7 years. Then with
itchy feet, I sold up to work as a team mechanic – working with some of the
best elite mountain biking teams and mechanics around.
Just when you think it can’t get much better than that for a
bike mechanic, I then landed a job in the mecca of downhill biking – Morzine,
in the heart of the French Alps (if you’ve never been just go you’ll love it
out there!). It was three summer seasons later in 2018 when I had ridden every
trail in the Portes Du Soleil and was managing a fleet of 500 bikes and 12
mechanics that I felt inspired to bring all of knowledge and energy back to
where it all started.
Now, after my journey of the past decade which has taken me
to all parts of the world where I’ve had the chance to ride my bike I want to
bring everything I have learned back home into one kickass bike shop.
And let’s not forget about the Cafe side of frothy, I feel
it is essential after having french coffee every day for so long, cycling isn’t
the same without it. So we have our great cafe serving up delicious mugs of
coffee all day long.
Why Dumfries? – I couldn’t think of a better place to start
another shop, the cycle community is strong and the outdoor scene is even
stronger. I know my place here I know the people I want to cater for.
Now you have heard my story, Pop in (when we open) get a
coffee and tell me yours.