2013 Spring starts today! (about time) This will be my last update on the problems
I have had with the Canal and River Trust, for those of you that don’t know they
started to make my life a misery last Autumn, either they don’t care or they are
too dim to realise they are affecting boaters lives and ironically destroying trade
and communities all over again, George Dickinson (patrol officer) and Susie Mercer
(trading boat manager) could easily have come up with a solution to keep me trading
the much appreciated “floating bike shop” but were too proud to admit they had made
the mistake of classing me as a nuisance boater, my conscience is clear, I did my
best for the environment I lived in, moved more than some and less than others, looked
after my boat and my customers, sadly the real world has caught up with the canals
and the dark cloud of bureaucracy has descended on this alternative lifestyle, and
is run by people pretending to love the canals more than spreadsheets!. I guess after
almost 20 years I will have to find myself a new dream, living somewhere warmer and
sunnier would be nice so if you have any ideas please email me, in the meantime....
Cycle repairs with care is the new banner to replace the “floating bike shop” and
all these will now be carried out at the land based workshop, this will remain on
an appointment basis, although I will be open more often than not I need to remain
flexible to help care for aging parents and I thank you for your understanding and
will do my best to be available when suits you 7 days a week
The Land Base...Please call 07749 824784 to make an appointment to visit the workshop,
address and email address at bottom of the page. Thanks Graham. For bikes currently
for sale please click here.
The first half of the year (can you believe it’s nearly July already!) has been a
very busy one, in the spring Cycling Active Magazine run a feature on me and my Floating
bike shop business, many thanks to them and welcome to the new customers that have
come my way, at the same time my workshop had the addition of a Harrison lathe, with
an increase in one off conversion work I can make those small parts that are always
The jobs I enjoy are a result of my acceptance to do the jobs other bike shops won’t,
like refurbishment of this Pashley trike wheel set, strippping down having the rims
powdercaoted and rebuilding, Pashley trikes are like busses, no sooner had I finished
this set and another came in!
Brompton work is becoming a big part of my life, as well as a quality service for
the general servicing and repair of your Brompton , including same day rear hinge
bush replacement I do gear conversions from the economic Sturmey Archer 8 speed to
the Shimano Alfine 11 speed.
The “Scuff Muffle” has been reintroduced with the availability of colours.
In memory of my faithful, beautiful travelling companion Sixpence who sadly passed
away on 15th November 2012
Sixpence 01.03.1996 - 15.11.2012
Moving into 2013, with Brompton introducing a new twin wall rim
I will be offering wheel upgrades using the similar Velocity Aero Heat in black or
silver as well as the Brompton rim , hubs can also be powdercoated in black or other
colours and with spokes and the alloy chainguards soon to be available in colours
your Brompton can be even more unique!, email me your ideas!.
For current list of Brompton bikes for sale click here