Immediate Despatch Bikes & Trikes

Want to get cycling as soon as possible? I have a bunch of things in stock for immediate despatch or collection, personal delivery can also be arranged within a reasonable distance of Glasgow:

  • R&M Tinker Vario and Charger City electric bikes
  • Tern Vektron and HSD electric bikes
  • Tern BYB and Link D7i folding bikes
  • MyBoo MTB and city bikes
  • Some second-hand bikes, see the Second Hand section.

Give me a call to make sure I still have what you’re interested in, stocks are limited!

Some manufacturers also have recumbent trikes ready-built for immediate despatch:

  • HPVelotechnik have their Special Edition trikes
  • ICE have their Fast Track range of trikes
  • Hase’s Trigo recumbent trike is ready to ship with an electric option
  • HPVelotechnik’s Gekko trike is also ready built

Brompton Rear Hinge Removal

The zero-hassle guide to removing Brompton rear pivot bolts – these can sometimes be a nightmare to get out, but this technique never fails. You will need:

– a good 4mm Allen key or two
– a long 5mm Allen key
– a mini butane torch

Heat the first bolt head for 30 seconds. Unscrew. If the other side starts to rotate, hold it with another Allen key.

Heat the other screw for 30 seconds. Insert the 5mm Allen key into the hole from the first screw, and lever it over as hard as possible. Unscrew the second screw.

Simple!

Brexit Impacts

I really, really hope Brexit doesn’t happen – but if it does, here’s my best estimates of the worst case of how it might affect you:

  • UK Customers: The exchange rate has already dropped quite a bit since 2016, and it may well fall further after Brexit, making imported things more expensive. At least to start with, the UK government have said that they will not impose any import duties, but delays at the ports may affect delivery times.
  • EU Customers: The exchange rate change may work in your favour, making things cheaper – though of course many of the things I sell are imported or partly made from imported parts, so that might offset it. You will no longer pay UK VAT, but you will pay the VAT of your own country, so that will even out. You might have to, in addition, pay import duty of around 10%. For the first 6 months at least, I will refund you the cost of that import duty – call it my own little backstop. Shipping delays may affect you too, of course.
  • Non-EU Customers: You probably won’t be affected much by this mess – the exchange rates might work in your favour also, shipping problems might affect you less because most of that is air freight not through the ports. You will carry on not paying UK VAT, but you will have to pay the import duty in your own country as usual.

I’ll make a simple guarantee for everyone: The price when you order will be the price you pay.

20th Anniversary

It doesn’t really feel like half a lifetime since I quit a perfectly good job as a Mainframe Systems Programmer with IBM, to make a full-time hobby of running an unusual bike business! It seemed a pretty rash thing to do back then.

I recently found my first (and only) business plan. It makes some interesting reading, in some places ridiculously optimistic – I estimated £100 for tools and £100 for parts! Some other ideas didn’t work out, but the basic idea of a business specialising in niche and unusual bikes has surprisingly worked. Back then, the internet was young and the idea of online selling didn’t really exist – now, of course, none of us would manage without it. One of the biggest differences comparing that old business plan to now is that I just didn’t anticipate we’d have customers all over the world.

Back then, we started out doing repairs like any normal bike shop – that picture up there is Andrew, my mechanic – but over the years the normal bike shop things have died away and been replaced by much more manufacturing and unusual bikes. Life is quite tough for a lot of bike shops at the moment, so I’d like to think this was a clever and prescient move, but really it was mostly accidental!

So, thank you everyone who’s been a customer over those 20 years.

Ben 😉

The EU Referendum

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To say that this is not what we wanted is an understatement – as a company, Kinetics imports from Europe and exports to Europe all the time, we are European. Working together benefits us so much more than turning away would. We have many friends in Europe, and European friends who have come here to work and live.

The future is uncertain, but remember that the community of people who love bikes is more important than any political squabbles. Much more unites us than divides us.

Ben

Scottish Independence

As I’m sure most people have noticed, there’s a wee referendum going on in Scotland on September. BikeBiz magazine, the trade paper for the UK bike trade, published an article about the issue with quotes from some Scottish bike businesses which I thought was a bit one-sided so I wrote this piece, and BikeBiz have kindly amended the article.

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Bike Parts By Drone

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Proving yet again that Kinetics is at the cutting edge of bicycle technology, we are proud to announce that we are the first bike shop in the World to offer parts delivery by drone!*

Using our German-designed, Scottish-built drone we can deliver bike parts to cyclists in need anywhere!**

*Up to a limit of 1kg
**Within a range of 100yds