Barry left school in 1988 and was fortunate enough to gain employment through a Youth Training Scheme and was initially employed at Vanguard Cycles. Many Huytonians will recall the shop which was run by Terry Dagnall.  Barry has fond memories of his time there whilst  he was becoming a regular mountain biker . The shop had a wealth of customers who would often come back with the bikes that they had bought from years past.  It was during that time that Barry was able to gain a wealth of experience. 

Barry went on to office work and for many years worked for city center based solicitors as a Criminal Law Clerk. . During this time though his passion for cycles never left him and he has difficulty counting just how many bikes he has owned and passed on to family and friends over these years. 

Because has has remained a keen cyclist he has also kept up his ability to service these bikes and those of his friends and family. As the bicycle technology has developed, so too has his ability to master the unique abilities that are needed to maintain a modern bicycle. Barry undertook an advanced City and Guilds course in 2014 at The Bike Inn. and passed with flying colours.


Barry's experience continues with servicing of a diverse range of bikes from fleets to personally owned. Some with two wheels, some three or four. Barry also works closely with MerseyCycle  the bicycle recycling social enterprise. Stripping and building old a new bikes often tests Barrys knowledge. 

Also working with Barry in the busy summer seasons is Steve. 

Steve has been a self taught mechanic for many years having stripped and rebuilt bicycles, motorcycles and cars. He has undertaken the City and Guild qualifications in cycle maintenance and has a wealth of other experience in the cycle industry from his time as a cycle ride leader and running cycling events for people with disabilities on adapted bikes and trikes. Steve also volunteers for MerseyCycle and prides himself in always getting a stuck seatpost unstuck!

Matt L17 June 2022

Just rode the bike for the first time it feels great, like a new bike.