A Day In The Life Of Blake’s Local Bike Shop

A Day In The Life Of Blake’s Local Bike Shop


(soft music) – [Announcer] Welcome
back, you beautiful people! Have you ever wondered what happens in your local bike shop on a daily basis? A hospital for your beloved bike. And an emergency call-in before a ride. A place where you can ask
any question about biking and get an answer. I’m at my favorite bike
shop in the whole world, where I have spent too much money, and probably got on their
nerves over the years. This, my biking friends, is a day in the life of a bike shop. (soft music) Before we get into a busy
day in the bike shop, let me introduce you to the crew. This is Will Downer. He is the co-owner of
Wight Mountain Bike Shop. He’s been in this shop for 22 years. His favorite tool is
the beater allen keys. This is Russ Newnham, co-owner
alongside with Will Downer, of Wight Mountain Bike Shop. He’s worked in this shop for 20 years. His favorite tool is the kettle, but he’s a big fan of the OneUp EDC Tool. This is Ben Johnson. He is the oldest one. He’s worked in the shop for six years, doing stuff no one else wants to do. His favorite tool is the Stan’s DART. This is Simon Hogg. He’s been in the shop for 12 years. He’s a mechanic. His favorite tool is
the Park Tool Pick Set. This is Nicholas Earley. He is the youngest one of them all. He comes in at 17 years young. He as well was born on the Isle of Wight. He’s been working in the
shop for nine months. Strengths: bike cleaning
and making tea for the boys. So that’s the crew. Let’s get into it, and see
what happens in a bike shop. (upbeat music) Russ, what is that? – Another, well this, this
is some old butcher’s bike, Pashley thing, which is,
part of the furniture now. But, many years of being out in the rain has made it turn pretty brown. But, we got to put it outside every day. No need to lock it! (laughs) – [Announcer] What’s the
best thing about shop life? – Best thing about shop life
is probably coming to work, it’s a nice environment to work in. – I get to come in every day, work with my mates, or work with people that I think like me. – It’s easy, no. It’s just nice, it’s easy, um. Just work it like Ben says, you’re working with your mates. – Surrounded by good people, the customers that come
in, as well, very friendly, get on with them, have a bit of a laugh. Yeah, that’s about it, really. – Drink tea most of the day, and I get to meet loads of cool people. – This isn’t a real job, you’re
talking about your hobby. And, it’s what you love. It doesn’t seem like a
chore, coming to work. Good times. – Love the general public
coming in every day, talk about bikes, talk about the hobby, and a passion of mine, yep. Couldn’t get anything better. (soft music) – [Announcer] In the UK,
you don’t really need an official qualification
to become a bike mechanic. But most bike shops will have a really good idea of mechanics. – [Announcer] Have you got a new bike now? – I got a new SCOTT Spark RC
900 with AXS SRAM, RockShox, this one’s putting on there, as well. DT Swiss Wheelset, which you
need a mechanic to build, ’cause I can’t build wheels. – ‘Cause this is less fast? – No, the wheels spin-
– [Russ] get in the fucking queue, mate. – No one’s in the queue.
– [Simon] Have you even- You haven’t got even got the bits there. – Yeah, it’s all there. – Only just, mine’s been
– Where’s my tea? – For ages. – I’m haven’t made your tea ’cause your’re not f(beep)ing
building my wheels for me. – I’m having this one then. – Don’t mind. (sips tea) – Please. – I can can build it.
– Oh, not that one. Nick, (laughter) build a wheel. – [Nick] Where’s my tea? – I didn’t make you one. I didn’t, I’m not making one
till you build my wheels. – I’m just calculating the spoke size. I wouldn’t be able to
do it without the chart. There’s a bit of a formula
to it, mathematical formula. One, two-two, three, four,
five, six, seven, two-eight, 29! That’s not good, is it? (spokes fall into box, box closes) 29 spokes in a wheel? That man is not getting his wheel today. – [Announcer] Not getting his wheel? – He’s not getting his wheel, he’s not going to be happy, is he? (dramatic music) – [Announcer] Like I said earlier, when something pops up and
something’s broken on your bike, you can just pop in to the
bike shop to get it fixed. Because the relationship between a rider and your local shop means something. They are there to help you out, no matter how late, or how early. They just want to get you up and going, back on your two wheels,
and back into the woodlands. – Perfect! Thank you,
mate, appreciate that. – [Nicholas] No worries! – It’s going to make the journey back that little bit more pleasurable. – [Announcer] What’s your
New Year’s Resolution? – (laughs) That I will get up
earlier to ride my bike, yeah. (laughter) – Oh, brilliant, brilliant. I’ll believe it when I see it. – So, later on! (door beeps) – [Will] Good day, see ya! (dramatic music) – Job done! – [Announcer] What have you done? – Sold a little fork bike, Fork 48, to a little happy chap, and mum and dad. (upbeat music) – [Announcer] Bike shops are owned and run by the biggest bike geeks,
nerds, just like Russ. He loves retro bikes. Take a look at all of this. Russ, tell me a bit about your
obsession with retro biking. – Dunno, I’m just clinging on
to the past a bit too much. Yeah, got a little bit
into the ’90s retro scene. I mean, it’s just my era. And that what I like, I
like the look of the bikes, and it’s kind of where it all started. So, here I am now. Well, I’m really into Spooky’s, so I’ve got a couple of Spooky Metalheads, which is probably my
favorite of all time bikes. I got one up there, one
up there, a 24 inch. The next one along is a
Dinotec, I think that’s ’92. This, my original RS1 forks, RockShox. The Headshok Cannondale F 1000. Thought I better have one of those. Might be ’96, GT LTS, Judie’s, just sort of thing you
saw the MBUK team riding. The Rotwell DH I’m pretty sure that was Nigel Page’s World Cup bike, but I’ve chatted to him,
and he says it isn’t, so. But I’ve been looking at
all the old Sprung videos, and to me, it looks like it is. Which is pretty cool. We’ve got next to it, the old M2, and I built that one up
to be an exact replica of Shaun Palmer’s slalom bike. The next one is the
Rockets that we designed. I think I talked about them earlier. That is a 14 inch Rocket, designed by us. With all exact dirt jumps,
strokes, slalom stuff you would expect from the
late ’90s, Set One BAMS. The last one’s just a Spooky Bandwagon, but the cool thing about this one, is it’s got the Cullimore
Hydraulic Engine, and they’ve gone bust now. They were the maker of the
Twin Disc Chopper up there, which is pretty cool, along with another of my Metalheads. The last one is the Radical Plus, which, we’ve had that since
I think ’98, ’99 in the shop. Not done a pedal turn, just brand new. Raleigh Burner, just because
it’s a Raleigh burner. I think that’s it, Blake. I got a few at home, but that’s it so far. More to come. – [Announcer] It’s not
all about glamorous bikes worth thousands and thousands of pounds. A bike is a bike. To some, this one means nothing. But to that one person,
this bike means the world. So they will drop everything to help get this bike back on two wheels so that person can have some fun with it. You get some challenging
bikes come in, right? – Yeah, we do. – [Announcer] What have you got today? – Well today, someone has just
dragged a bike out the river, and want to service it. And we have here the
Jewel of the River Medina. (laughs) – Oh, I dunno, we might have
to flip a coin for that one. I don’t think that really
cool that bike, either, I think it’s known as a BSO. Bicycle Shaped Object. (laughter) – [Announcer] What needs doing to it? – Ah, kiss of life? Brake levers, a little bit of TLC, and a feather duster needs going around to get rid of the cobwebs,
and we’re all good. – So, I’m down a shift
to cover the other day, change a gear cable, and it
was home to a load of earwigs. I think they’re earwigs. – [Announcer] What the hell? – You see it all, really. It’s better some hiding
in there, somewhere. – [Announcer] What’s the time? – About 5:30, mate. – [Announcer] What does that mean? – Go the f(beep) home.
(laughter) After my first day back on
the job after Christmas. It’s been a bit emotional, if I’m honest. I’m a bit tired, a bit hangry. – [Russ] Grumpy. – Nah, it’s been fine, really. It’s a fine shop. – [Announcer] Duff? – Yo. – [Announcer] What are you doing here? – I dunno.
– [Announcer] Come visit? – Is that Olly Wilkins
up the nose shot? (laughs) – [Announcer] Thank you very much for watching this Rad video. Hopefully, this has given you a little bit more of an insight to what goes on in a bike shop, a small one, a big one, it doesn’t matter what bike shop it is, it’s full of knowledge. Help support those local bike shops ’cause they’re there to help
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