TRAMORE CYCLE SERVICES is owned and managed by Maurice O’Byrne from Tramore in County Waterford, Ireland (inset). Here Mossie explains how he got started.

tramore bay

I have always enjoyed cycling and for the last several years I’ve done a fair amount of it on the hills and roads around Co Waterford. Unlike a car, all the crucial workings of a bike are exposed to the elements and therefore my bike was in need of regular care and maintenance. Anyone who cycles regularly near the sea will be familiar with the devastation wreaked on a good bike by salt and grit, let alone normal wear and tear.

In 2010, I headed to Downland Cycles, Canterbury, Kent, to successfully undertake the City and Guilds Level II Bike Mechanic Course. This an advanced course aimed at students who wish to join the cycle industry, either as a mechanic or starting their own business.

Maurice taking part in the Tramore Hill Climb challenge in 2011.

After finishing the course I set up a bike workshop in the garage beside my home and started my career as a bike mechanic, trading as Tramore Cycle Services.

Within a short period of time I built up a significant number of customers. Not only did these customers return but more followed, based on word-of-mouth endorsement.

When customer numbers could no longer be accommodated in my garage workshop, I moved to bigger premises in Sea-Point Business Park, Tramore, County Waterford, and then to the town centre. The business is now located on Main Street.

In autumn 2011 I returned to Downland Cycles, Canterbury to successfully complete the Professional Bike Mechanic Course (Level III, certified by Canterbury College).

My motivation is driven by a love of bikes but it’s my qualifications and technical skills which allows me to work on any problem or model, and which keeps my customers satisfied and happy with their bikes.