I’ve been passionate about mountain biking in Yorkshire for over 25 years, repairing my own mountain bikes prompted an idea to change an old bike garage into a cycle workshop business. Mountain Bike Garage was established in 2010 in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire to offer a friendly service for the needs of the cyclist whilst promoting mountain biking on the spectacular North York Moors and on the bike trails of Guisbrough forest.
Work benches, tool boards soon built I had all the bike related specialist workshop tools needed for all types of bike repair. I underwent an intense two week course at the ATG Cycle Academy in Manchester to gain a Cytech accreditation in bike mechanics and wheel building making new friends in the bike industry along the way which helped me learn the bike trade.
Mountain bikers soon asked if I had any bikes for sale or if I could purchase bikes on their behalf checked over fully serviced ready to ride, the answer was yes. Giving honest friendly mountain bike advice soon led to a significant number of quality fully serviced pre owned bikes being sold to many happy mountain bikers local and around the country with the help of bike shops getting in touch to refer customers who had pre owned bikes for sale. MTBG Custom bike builds also proved popular ordered or built for sale. Winter months were spent helping out in a local bike shop and running a series of fully booked bike maintenance courses at local venues gaining good feedback. One of the highlights over the years was in 2013 before the group left doing a small bike maintenance teach in and service of the bikes for 3200 mile USA Seattle to New York coast to coast charity ride, a fabulous riding achievement.
Early 2014 a test ride of Empire Cycles MX6 EVO bike with Chris Williams and soon after meeting Empire Cycles demo day riders at a PMBA enduro mountain biking event plus invitations to visit the Empire Cycles factory at Merlin Engineering lead to MTBG being made part of the Empire Cycles UK Dealer Network. I’m looking forward to working with Empire Cycles over the coming years to offer MX6 EVO bikes and frames, demo ride outs and continuing with custom bike builds and workshop service and repairs.
Thank you to all our customers for your loyal support I look forward to seeing you again, if you catch me out and about on our company Empire bike stop me and say hello.