2nd February 2015

TLC for your A to B

Doug McIntoshOne of the pleasures of working at The Bike Co-op is that we get to meet so many interesting characters. One such person is Doug McIntosh from Westhill who is a legend with our Aberdeen shop staff.

‘I get my bike serviced at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op’s Aberdeen shop.’

By Doug McIntosh from Westhill.

I have been using your Aberdeen shop since the ‘90s when it was called Cycling World, and have continued to do so since it became part of Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op in 2002.

Over all these years, (shop manager) Les Simpson and his team have always made me feel very welcome and looked after all my cycling needs. My requirements are somewhat exceptional since I lost my (dominant) right arm due to a sarcoma cancer, contracted 16 years ago.

Up till then, I had only been an occasional cyclist. After my operation, I took up extreme long distance cycling (and running) challenges.

To prepare myself for getting back on the bike, I practiced on a unicycle to fine-tune my balancing skills as a first stage to learning to cope with riding with one arm.

Next, I visited Les Simpson whose workshop team adapted my Giant TCR triathlon bike to single-handed brake and gear lever operation.

Since then, I have successfully completed a host of events including:

  • Lands End to John o’ Groats twice and the last time in less than 100 hours.
  • The 2000 Millennium Challenge, cycling over 2,000 miles round Britain in less than 20 days.
  • The Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam from Olympia in Greece to the new Olympic Stadium London where I cycled stage 4 from Italy, across the Swiss Alps and through to France before reaching London.For this ride, the organisers were concerned about me attempting alpine descents with one arm and one brake. Again the guys in the Aberdeen shop came to the rescue by fitting both the front and rear brake levers to the left hand side of the bike’s aero bars. Talking of brakes, I am hugely impressed with the stopping power of my latest bike, a 2013 Specialized Roubaix with disc brakes.

I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to do these events without Les and his workshop team’s mechanical skills and expertise.

Nothing is too much bother for Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op. Going to the shop is like visiting close friends and family. They make me feel that welcome.

Doug.

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