Andrew Repair Bio.

Workshop Founder Andrew Burns outside our former premises in Ely Bridge.
Workshop Founder Andrew outside our former premises in Ely Bridge.

What is/are your experience or qualifications? I have worked for 13 years as a bike mechanic – mainly in community settings such as youth centres, recycling projects, Dr Bikes and at the Cardiff Cycle Workshop. I am Velotech Gold qualified.

What kind of riding do you do? I use my bike to get around town, love going for a ride in the Vale on a Sunday morning, do the odd Audax and have loved doing the Velothon every year.

We all know about “N + 1”, what is N equal to in your shed/house/garage/lock up? IE; How many bikes do you own? I’m embarassed to say I have 7 bikes but most of these I inherited from my father and now I am too emotionally attached to them to downsize my fleet.

What’s the favourite bike you’ve ever had? I think its one of my father’s old racing bikes – ‘ the Faggin’ a beautful piece Italian steel engineering

Have you got a cycling hero/heroine? Perhaps Sean Yates – ever present in the Tour de France as the sole Brit before Team Sky and the likes came along

Any hopes or thoughts for the future of cycling, cycle sport or cycling tech? In terms of keeping bike recycling going I wish that the cycling industry could make parts etc more compatable – it would save a lot of time and effort in the workshop !