The final of Britain's Best Bike Mechanic in association with Park Tool took place at the Cytech Training Centre in Oxford on Friday September 7th
In June this year we launched a campaign with Park Tool to find and recognise Britain’s Best Bike Mechanics. The first phase was a public vote and we were very excited to receive over 2900 votes for over 300 different mechanics proving the important role they play in our industry.
The mechanics who received the most votes formed a shortlist of 10 and we sent those mechanics a #BBBM2018 application form with scenario based questions which we then used to select our finalists.
So our three finalists were not only voted for by the public, but we were impressed by their answers to our knowledge based questioning as well.
We hosted the final at the Cytech Training Centre in Oxford where the finalists had to complete a number of tasks including a rear wheel build, internal cable replacement and bar taping under time pressure whilst getting filmed, photographed and questioned by are panel of judges.
The judging panel consisted of British Cycling’s head mechanic Mark Ingham, Park Tool’s Director of Education Calvin Jones and Cytech Head Trainer Julian Thrasher.
Britain’s best Bike Mechanic – The Cycling Weekly winner
Scott Jones | Mickey Cranks
Scott was awarded the coveted BBBM2018 trophy and a £250 voucher to spend on Park tool products. But more importantly he can now call himself ‘Britain’s Best Bike Mechnic’.
Years of service at the shop: Four years, although have been a qualified mechanic for fifteen years.
Favourite tool on the tool board: Park AWS-10, it’s like an extension of my fingers!
What music do you have on in the workshop: Radio as it’s an open plan workshop. Otherwise, The Prodigy.
What was your first bike: 1993 Cannondale M300.
The Runners Up
Theo Tanner | Pedal Heaven
Years of service at shop: Six and a half years! 16 in the trade
Favourite tool on the tool board: My T handle Hex key set!
What music do you have on in the workshop: A good mix of 80’s, Jazz and Classical !
What was your first bike: The first bike I owned and learnt to ride on was built out of old bikes by my father. It had 24” Wheels, was sprayed gold and had Cateye stickers all over it!
Rikki Pankhurst | Pankhurst Cycles
Years of service at shop: I have been in our new shop now for nearly four years.
Favourite tool on the tool board: “Big Bessy” the cotter pin press is my favourite tool.
What music do you have on in the workshop: We Listen to a varied choice of music from Metal to Puccini, but mostly Metal!
What was your first bike: My first bike was an Elswick Hopper!
At Cycling Weekly we want to extend a huge congratulations to our finalists and it is pleasing to see that the industry is in good hands.
Keep an eye out in Cycling Weekly issue 14th November for a full write up.