OPENING a business in the middle of a national lockdown due to a global pandemic might not seem the brightest of ideas, but Des Sequoyah’s Studley Bicycle Repair Centre is ticking over nicely.
“I’m doing okay, considering we’re in lockdown and the weather,” said Des, who came over to the UK from Canada back in the 1970s.
“I’ve been working in the cycle industry for 37 years, done a bit of racing, but mainly mechanics and when the opportunity came up in Studley I took it,” he said.
Now settled in Redditch, his knowledge of cycling extends to all the latest developments, including hydraulic brakes and gear shifts, electric shifting and e-bikes, as well as sturdy workhorses with three, five, seven – and more – speed hub gears.
Situated on Studley High Street opposite Elite Escapes travel agents, he also sells a range of parts and accessories.
Bicycles and cycling shops have been seen as a key component of the Government’s ‘Choose How You Move’ strategy and have been exempt from closure throughout the UK’s three national lockdowns.