I have been cycling all my life, for the last 45 years I have been a member of the Surrey Road Cycling Club, riding a tour or two most years since then. As well as being a life long cyclist for the last 34 years I have worked in the cycle trade, for specialist retailers, wholesalers and bike manufacturers, focusing on bike fitting, bike design and enjoying the wonderful variety that comes with working in a local bike shop.
My career started with Madison Cycles retail catalogue; Freewheel, when they relocated I moved onto more traditional bricks and mortar local bike stores. After 15 years happy years managing 'Pearson Cycles’ I needed a new challenge, relocating the CTC Mail order Shop (now We are Cycling) that I set up at Geoffrey Butler Cycles/Bike+. After that contract finished I moved onto 'Corridori Cycle Sport' where I became one of the first qualified ‘Specialized Body Geometry Bike Fitters’ in the UK.
Since 2001 I have worked closely with Van Nicholas, the Titanium Bike Company specialising in the design of role-specific and tailor-made Titanium frames, and hand-built bikes. I helped design what was to become the Van Nicholas Yukon, their best selling bike in the UK. This role gave me a passion for bike design, bike fitting and titanium, which in time led me to www.enigmabikes.com where I spent three years as their bike fitter and custom geometry designer. That role required me to relocate, during my time there my circumstances changed to the extent that it was no long viable as I needed to work nearer home; such a shame as it was an amazing experience, I was extremely proud to be involved with Enigma. Since 2016 I have gone back to my first love, the variety of cycle retail of working in a quality local bike shop, www.candncycles.co.uk at Redhill in Surrey, focusing on bike fitting and helping customers choose their perfect Cannondale, Trek and Van Nicholas (click for their bikes) bikes who I am honoured to say tracked me down to rekindle our long lasting relationship.
C and N Cycles bike fit room
I have also written for Roadcyclinguk.com, there are two Paul Smith's who write for them, I'm the one who has written about the 'Audax' bike type, I have replicated and updated many of the reviews on my own website 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
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