As soon as the triathlon was finished, I knew that the really hard work was about to begin as we went full swing into building Spokes.
There were many more twists and turns to this tale with some real coincidences and synchronicity - but the bottom line was that we were opening a bike shop!
After a lot of blood, sweat and tears (quite literally in some cases!) we opened on 14 March 2015. I had a feeling we were onto something special and successful, as we had already sold several bikes months before the shop opened. We had even done a bumper deal with a holiday resort in Zante, through a connection, for 10 bikes and all the gear. Our first workshop manager, Olly, even got to fly out there for a week to set their new cycling facility up (not a bad way to start a new job!).
Momentum quickly built, as did our customer base and reputation. The selection of products and brands we stocked grew exponentially. We had already struck a deal to become a major Giant and Liv retailer which was a real win early on, as they are the biggest producer of bikes in the world.
Since opening, we have achieved some really amazing things, including supporting a successful British Human Powered Lands Speed Record, supporting a World Record (most countries cycled though in 7 days) and winning several business and industry awards. We have also supplied bikes to the British Army hotel chains, schools and even a prison! We have built a great community and enjoyed helping countless people achieve their goals, which has absolutely been the greatest bit about Spokes - we love the people that have made us happen!
Thank you for your support over the last seven years, we have enjoyed some really special moments with you all. Here’s to the next seven!