Here at Rat Race Cycles we’re not ones for locking our mechanics up in the back room, chained to their work stands.
Our mechanics are front and centre of our business, so they’re front and centre of our shop. All of our full time staff hold a Cytech level 2 qualification and above, and on most days, when you walk into our shop you’ll speak with a senior mechanic right away (although this isn’t always true on a Saturday!).
So with that in mind, let’s meet the team:
Pete founded Rat Race Cycles after several years working as a mechanic in major London bike shops, working with, and learning a lot from, some great mechanics. He progressed fast, and within 18 months of starting in the industry became a workshop manager himself. He managed a number of busy workshops, for both large chains and independent shops, before setting up Rat Race Cycles’ first iteration in 2008.
Initially, rather than open a traditional bike shop, Pete set up a mobile bike servicing business, which collected customers’ bikes, serviced them in a South East London workshop, and then returned them when complete.
Demand for Pete’s services grew and grew, however, and at the very end of 2012, he opened his first bricks and mortar shop in Nunhead, an area very close to his heart. What formed the core of the mobile servicing business was the belief that a specialised service means knowing your mechanic, trusting their expertise and being able to rely on the quality of their work. A specialised service is personal, and to this day Rat Race Cycles’ personal service and expertise is still at the heart of what we do.
Pete holds a complete Cytech 3 qualification, and is also a qualified Cyclefit bike fitter.
Joel has been with us since the early days, joining our ranks in the summer of 2013. Our senior mechanic, Joel has Cytech level 2, and is also a qualified cycle coach. He’s worked to help young people and adults feel comfortable on London’s mean streets, and can occasionally be found leading charity bike rides around Europe. When not riding his bike, or helping others to ride theirs he is an outstanding drum and bass DJ.
Dan joined the Rat Race staff in spring of 2015. He’s a talented mechanic and gained his Cytech level 2 qualification only 6 months after starting. Dan came to us from a background of managing pubs, which is unusual as we all know there’s very little crossover between a love of bikes and an appreciation of a good ale…