Welcome to Dctec.co.uk, I am Derek Coates and will tell you something about Dctec.co.uk, I stared on my own January 2017, after many years working in other bike shops and with bike manufacturers.
I have worked as a bicycle technical for over 18 years, I started my career at Leek Cycle Centre, in Leek, staffs close to where I grew up, I helped out at the shop with repairs, bike building and of course the ever important at that age, being very young, providing quality entertainment.
After this I started full time work in the Bike Pedlar, Biddulph. Where I was one of two staff in the store, I was in charge of mechanics all week and responsible for sales and shop care on the managers days off. I worked there for just over 6 years, in 2007-08 I worked hard with cytech and Aylesbury training group to achieve my cytech qualifications. I now hold nvq level 2 & 3 in bicycle maintenance. Most bicycle mechanics only hold level 2. Level 3 is to the level of master technician in bicycle maintenance, and allows for a few extra skills such as advanced wheel building for Mavic wheels, straight pull wheels and unusual setups like tie and soldering the spoke crosses for track bikes. This level 3 course also includes hydraulic maintenance for suspension forks and rear shocks, also bleeding and rebuilding hydraulic brake systems. Passing these in 2008 I have now over 10 years experience applying these high level skills to all modern bicycles.
I then moved onto work for Cycle Center, Congleton ( www.Cyclestore.co.uk ) where I worked alongside their longstanding mechanic who at the time had been fixing bikes for them for 20 years, I hadn’t much to learn by this time but never the less, learning never stopped for me, during my time with cycle center I still learned ever more about bicycle maintenance. Perfecting my techniques so much that I feel my status as a top bicycle mechanic has been well earned. I am now so comfortable when fixing bicycles, that I find the daily bike repairs quite relaxing, and therapeutic. Most people prefer to read a book or listen to music to relax, I love to get stuck into a complex bicycle repair.
A little more about myself, when I am not fixing bicycles, you will likely find me enjoying time with my family, going on long walks or working in the garden. And occasionally on a family bike ride. Aside from family time I like to help out with my local mountain biking club CMTB (Congleton Mountain Bike Club) running guided rides and helping with trail maintenance. And finally when I have found time after all this when I go out on my own or with friends, I enjoy riding my fat bike off-road usually up and down mountains like Snowdon or Cadair Idris, or round our local tracks in the roaches estate and goyt valley. I am also very keen on biketrials I used to compete to national level in biketrials in 2014 coming 2nd in senior novice level.