Lately I have begun kicking around a few ideas as to what I want to do in the future. I feel it is time to make those ideas known here if for no other reason to see what others think and get some feedback.
I would like to get back into the bike business, although not in the way I was in it before. I am not interested in building lugged steel frames; whether or not there is a demand for such a product.
I want to use my bicycle design skills to create a modern racing bicycle. Also use my knowledge of what it takes to run a small to mid size manufacturing company on a day to day basis.
From 1993 when I left the bike business, until 2001, I worked for a company with a 200 strong workforce that manufactured bowling equipment. I was production manager for that company, and know what it takes to set up, and organize a workforce to operate a company of this size.
If this idea is to come to fruition, I will need to find other like minded people to partner me in this project; I can’t, and I am not about to try to do it on my own.
I want to do this either in the UK or Ireland. There is a cycling boom taking place there at this time, so there would be a readymade market for the product. Plus it is closer to the European market.
Britain’s medal winning performances in the last Olympic Games, followed by excellent showing in this year’s Tour de France, has created a whole new enthusiasm for the sport of cycling
Because I am also well known in the US there would be a wonderful opportunity to export and sell bikes in America. I envisage my setting up a manufacturing plant in the UK, then later returning to the US to set up a secondary distribution center to market and ship the product in the US.
Right now this seems to make more sense than trying to do things the other way around. I am still a British citizen, but also have permanent residency in the US, which is a distinct advantage.
I am looking for the opportunity to connect with either an existing bicycle manufacturer in the UK, or Ireland, who is looking to expand. Alternatively, to meet with those wishing to startup a bicycle manufacturing business.
My knowledge of bicycle design and manufacture would be an asset to a company. Also my name and reputation as a bicycle builder would be an immediate boost to any company linked with my name.
One of my first orders of business would be to travel to the UK and connect with the Cycling Clubs; meet with the many bicycle enthusiasts, some who already follow me here on my Blog.
Meet with the cycling press and any other media I can connect with, create a buzz not only for this idea, but for cycling in general. I want to do something that is good the sport, with the possibility of creating a few jobs at the same time.
At the moment this is just an idea in my head, but if I didn’t think it would work I would not even be writing about it here. What do you think? Your thoughts, input and ideas would be greatly appreciated