Decided that now's the time to learn to ride a bike, or you've got your goal set on cycling to work. Or maybe you're an experienced rider looking for advice on specific cycling situations.
As a cycling instructor, I deliver cycle skills sessions in line with expectations set by Transport for London, London's boroughs and the Department for Transport.
I'm also an in-house instructor for Pedal Me, a new on demand bike taxi service. I've helped develop a rigorous and robust training programme to ensure it recruits the best, most considerate and skilled riders.
Delivering Cycle Skills training for Bikeworks, February 2016
Delivering schools cycle training in Westminster, September 2016 (photo by Claire Barron)
A nice shout out by Hackney St Cloud / The Cycling Store via Instagram
If you're going to keep riding with minimal issues, then regular maintenance is essential. I love getting my hands dirty, and if you feel your bike needs fine tuning, a complete service or just a clean up, I'd be happy to hear more from you.
I have extensive experience with Brompton's, Moulton's, cargo bikes and hub gears in particular.
From people with physical and learning disabilities participating in 'All Ability' cycling sessions, to toddlers learning to ride a balance bike, up to older people staying active, I have supported everyone to ride. Not least community and faith groups who are underrepresented in cycling demographics.
If you, or your organisation needs an instructor to deliver or assist your all ability sessions, then contact me.
Mobility aids not needed while cycling, Bikeworks All Ability session 2016
Preparing for a Wheely Tots balance bike session, January 2018
Zooom balance bike, 2016
Sometimes you just get stuck. Your bike is unrideable because of a puncture, a broken cable or another annoying problem. But getting the tube, or a bus or taxi is just too much hassle, or you just want to get back home on your bike.
If I am available, I'm happy to come out and deal with a simple problem, be it a inner tube or cable change, or something else. Prices start at £20 for Zone 1, and £25 for Zone 2 or 3.
If you're after an accredited mechanic to support your event, be it a race or a pop up 'Dr Bike', I am City and Guilds recognised with years of experience, including for Ride London.
Haul of punctured inner tubes changed at the start of London's Ride 100, July 2017
Wrecked car outside Angel underground station, 2016
Views and Opinions
I've been passionate about cycling for decades, and over that time i've got in to the habit of making my opinions known, be it participating in mass protests for better cycling infrastructure with London Cycling Campaign, to writing to my local MP and filling in consultations.
Mostly however my views get aired online on Twitter and below the line at the Guardian where I have posted as Monchberter since 2005.