About Me

Me; Paul Smith shown above, riding from ‘Bordeaux to Barcelona’

I have been cycling all my life, for over 40 years I have been a member of the Surrey Road Cycling Club, riding a tour or two each year since then; only the last few are listed here.

I have been in the cycle trade over thirty three years, starting with Madison the UK Shimano distributor, leaving when they relocated the business. I then moved onto to become the store manager at 'Pearson Cycles’ in Sutton for fifteen years, then Geoffrey Butler Cycles for seven years, where I set up and relocated the CTC Mail order Shop that I was managing on a franchise basis, note the name changed to 'We are cycling UK' and they now have a much smaller shop. I moved onto 'Corridori Cycle Sport' in 2007 until the summer of 2013 where I was also a qualified ‘Specialized Body Geometry Bike Fit’ bike fitter. 
Since 2001 I had also been working closely with Jan-Willem Sintnicolaas (before he sold the company to Koga in 2013), the owner and founder of Van Nicholas, the Titanium Bike Company specialising in the design of role-specific and tailor-made Titanium frames, and hand-built bikes and infact helped what was to become the Van Nicholas Yukon evolve. From 2013 to 2016 I worked for www.enigmabikes.com helping riders' chose the perfect bike set up for them, both interms of custom geometry frame design and equipment choices, naturally I still used my 'Bike Fitting' skills using a combination of the Speacialized BG bike fit, Bikefitting.com, BikeCAD and over 40 years experience. From July 2016 I am pleased to say I have gone back to my first love, the variety of cycle retail of working in a quality local bike store, www.candncycles.co.uk at Redhill in Surrey, focusing on bike fitting and helping customers choose their perfect Van Nicholas and Trek bikes

I have also written for Roadcyclinguk.com, I have replicated and updated many of the reviews on the left plus added some more like the Garmin Edge 810 gps review and Van Nicholas Chinook Review for example. Some of my touring tours have also been have also been published on touriste information sites in France

For more information please click on the following link to send an email plsmith.co.uk@gmail.com