Matt the Bike Man outgrows his workshop

October 30 2015

THREE years ago, Matt Aston-Patel was fixing bikes in his spare room.

THREE years ago, Matt Aston-Patel was fixing bikes in his spare room.

Now, he is gearing up to open his first cycle shop in Gloucester Road.

More commonly known as ‘The Bike Man’, Matt has been operating from a small space in Stokes Croft and has built-up quite a reputation for his high end repair work and successful 'bike school'.

Due to the popularity of his services, he has outgrown his workshop, and is now in the process of refitting the former ‘Bicycle Shop’ on the corner of Radnor Road.

As well as continuing to repair bicycles, in a kitted out workshop at the rear of the shop, he will also be offering a range of quality bicycles – including mountain bikes, road bikes and commuter bikes – and accessories.

He will be joined by his wife Yasmin, who will be helping out in the shop, serving customers.  

Before setting up his own business, Matt – who has had over 10 years’ industry experience – worked in a number of Bristol’s leading bike shops and gained a level three in Cytech training – the top qualification for bicycle mechanics.

He started working in bike shops after finishing his degree in sociology at university.

Matt said: “I didn't start working in bike shops until after university and that was because I was big into mountain biking and I wanted a career change that was fun and a challenge.”

Matt adds that he is looking forward to opening his bike shop mid-November in Gloucester Road – a thoroughfare for many cyclists commuting across the city.

For more information, follow ‘The Bike Man’ on Facebook and @mattthebikeman on Twitter, or visit: www.thebikemanbristol.com. The Bike Man, 276 Gloucester Road.