There’s a new member of the team at The Bike Drop, a community interest company based at Brimscombe Mills.
Tristan Brown has joined fellow mechanic Kes Wilkie and managing director Harry McKeown after making the tough decision to close his bicycle repair business, King of the Mountains (KOM), which opened in 2020 in Wotton-under-Edge.
“Managing the business as well as working full-time as a bike mechanic – and with a young family at home – it was a lot of work for me personally,” explained Tristan.
“The decision to close, that was mainly a sort of work-life balance decision. The Bike Drop is a nice community project and it’s helping people have access to bikes that perhaps wouldn’t have or would perhaps find it a bit more difficult.”
The Bike Drop started during the Covid pandemic when a team of young people got together collect and deliver items around Stroud using bicycles and still offers that service. There is now a fully equipped workshop offering servicing and maintenance on all kinds of bikes as well as a range of professionally-refurbished bikes for sale.
“It’s wonderful to have Tristan join our team – such good timing as we come into peak season – it’s just the best news ever,” said managing director, Harry McKeown.
“It’s happy/sad because obviously, KOM is closing, but we’re just very grateful that Tristan chose us and wanted to come and join our team and we can use and celebrate his experience and skills.”