Meet the Staff

Red Kite Cycles has a dedicated team of bike enthusiasts who all bring their 2-wheel passion to work. We ride all styles of bicycles between us: road, mountain, touring, racing, BMX, fixed, hybrid, commuter and folding – there are many, many thousands of happy miles of experience between us.  

Come and visit us in the shop to tap in to our energy, knowledge and passion for cycling and all things bike. We can sometimes appear to be running around helping others and sorting out bits and pieces for customers, but always visit, stop us and talk to us. Some bike shops have a reputation for impersonal and aloof staff – we would hate to be thought of like that! We love what we do and are all here in a bike shop for common reasons… as someone else once said, it’s about the bike – it’s always about the bike. But for us it is equally it’s about the cyclist. Meet us here, meet us in the shop.

 

Adrian_smileyAdrian Passmore, Owner and Directeur Sportif

Length of time at Red Kite Cycles: I arrived in July 2011

Preferred cycling styles:  Road, fixed, touring, Bromptoneering & occasional MTBist

Favourite road or trail:  For some crazy reason I love getting a stamp on along the A422 off Edgehill back to Stratford. Is that wrong?!

Proudest cycling achievement:  Riding up Hustyn Hill in Cornwall near where I grew up. See it and weep.

Next bike I want to buy:  Storck T.I.X. or Trek Stache 5 for monster truck wheelies

Favourite way to unwind:  Unwind? I have heard of that…

Dream cycling ambition: To put cowhorns on a really fancy race bike and turn up to the Dragon Ride… and nail it.

Cycling hero:  I have to say Wiggins; it feels obvious, but his palmares are totally unique. And he was on the front for Cavendish’s lead out onto the Champs Elysees whilst wearing yellow. Star quality.

Skids or wheelies:  I want to say wheelies, but skidding takes me right back to high-speed tyre-shredding Raleigh Hustler gravel slides aged 11

 

Greg Thompson, Shop Manager

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Length of time at Red Kite Cycles:  Two years

Preferred cycling styles:  Road and cyclocross

Favourite road or trail:  The coastal road from Braunton to Combe Martin, North Devon for its tough climbs and superb scenery.

Proudest cycling achievement:  Seeing kids using techniques I’ve coached them and getting better race results. That feels good!

Next bike I want to buy:  Just one?!

Dream cycling ambition:  Coming top 10 in a local cyclocross race . . . maybe if I let everyone’s tyres down?!

Favourite way to unwind:  Feet up in front of the TV watching a good sci-fi movie

Cycling hero:  Helen Wyman – she’s a great crosser and a tremendous ambassador for the sport.

Skids or wheelies?  Skidding on a cross bike and staying upright!

 

Joe Hubbell, Sales assistant 

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Length of time at Red Kite Cycles:  2 years full time but 5 years in total

Preferred styles of cycling:  Mountain biking but more recently road cycling

Favourite trail:  Verderers’ Trail at the Forest of Dean – easy but brilliant fun!

Proudest cycling achievement:  Not falling off the first time I used SPD pedals!

Dream cycling adventure:  Touring off-road in the Alps

Next bike I would like:  Trek Boone

Favourite way to relax:  Playing solitaire (with my many friends!)

Cycling hero:  Sean Ward (Red Kite mechanic) for wearing shorts whatever the weather

Skids or wheelies:  Skids, I’m not talented enough for wheelies

 

IMG_1756Dave Simpson, Mechanic (‘Spanner Monkey’)

 

Length of time at Red Kite:  10 years

Styles of cycling:  Mountain biking, falling off, commuting

Favourite trail:  Cilentress or Innerleithen, Cwmcarn, Glyncorring – don’t make me choose!

Proudest cycling achievement:  Surviving a day on the Fort William Downhill Black Run

Dream cycling ambition:  To one day not fall off! Oh and ride all over the world.

Next bike:  Whyte G160  (and a KTM 990 Enduro motorbike)

Favourite way to relax:  Tinkering, riding, PC gaming, being cryogenically frozen

Cycling hero:  Steve Peat, Martyn Ashton, Valentino Rossi, Guy Martin

Skids or wheelies:  Wheelies and falling off on my mountain bike.

 

Nic Vipond, Sales and Occasional Mechanic, Hot Beverage Liaison Officer

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Time at Red Kite Cycles:  One year

Styles of cycling:  Road, cross, MTB, commuting, time trails, audax, sportive

Favourite road or trail:  Malvern Hills, the Long Mynd, Clent and Lickey Hills

Proudest cycling achievement:  The Elenith Audax – 300k over the Welsh hills – a tough day out!

Cycling ambition:  To get as fit as possible before my knees fall off!

Next bike:  A badass carbon cross bike or a super-light cross country hardtail

Cycling hero:  Tim Gould, Greg Lemond, Fausto Coppi . . . too many to mention!

Skids or wheelies?  Both … but not at the same time.

 

Martin Brown, Sales assistant and Occasional Mechanic

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Time at Red Kite Cycles:  6 months

Styles of cycling:  Mountain biking and cyclocross

Favourite trail:  Main line at Revolution bike park

Proudest cycling achievement:  Making it around Coed y Brenin’s Beast Trail

Cycling ambition:  To finally win a race!

Next bike:  Whyte T-129 RS

Favourite way to relax:  Going for a drive in the countryside

Cycling hero:  Chris Smith, mountain biker

Skids or wheelies?  Tailwhips!

 

Sean Ward, Head Mechanic

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Time at Red Kite Cycles: 14 years

Styles of cycling:  Mountain biking, commuting, road biking in the past

Favourite road or trail:  Steep, rough and techy

Proudest cycling achievement:  Doing the Three Peaks on a hardtail mountain bike was quite satisfying.

Cycling ambition:  I’d love to do the Trans-Provence amongst other things

Ideal next bike:  My next bike IS going to be a slack, 650B long travel hardtail

Favourite way to relax:  Several real ales with good mates after a tough day’s riding

Cycling hero:  Guy Martin

Skids or wheelies?  Skids

 

Dave Walters, Sales Assistant and MechanicDave Walters

Time at Red Kite: 2 years , then a break, been back 2 months

Styles of cycling: Mountain biking and road are equal favourites

Favourite road or trail: Various UK trail centres and quiet Warwickshire lanes

Proudest cycling achievement: My training programme for Ride London (100 mile sportif)

My cycling ambition: To explore some roads and trails in the French or Swiss Alps

Next bike on my list: Storck Durnario Platinum, for its good looks and superb performance

Cycling hero: Martyn Ashton, trials rider. I’ve seen him ride live – he’s a total inspiration.

Skids or wheelies: Neither of them. I prefer manuals – they’re that bit more technical!

 

Adam McGovern, Apprentice Mechanic

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Time at Red Kite: 4 months

Style of cycling:  Mountain biking

Favourite trail:  Still waiting to discover it!

Proudest cycling achievement:  Overtaking cars on the shop Brompton down the Stratford Road

Cycling ambition:  To commute to work for a solid month

Next bike on my list:  Whyte T-130

Favourite way to relax:  Playing computer games

Cycling hero:  Red Kite’s Joe Hubbell  . . need I say more!

Skids or wheelies?  Wheelies I reckon

 

Harry Attwood, Part time Sales Assistant

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Time at Red Kite Cycles:  7 months

Style of cycling:  Downhill mountain biking

Favourite trail:  50 Shades of Black – BikePark Wales

Proudest cycling achievement:  Coming second in my first ever downhill race

Cycling ambition:  To be a pro rider

Next bike on wish list:  I have just finished my dream bike – a Specialized Demo 8 S Works 2016

Favourite way to relax:  Riding hardcore downhill trails!

Cycling hero:  Troy Brosnan, Downhill Rider, Specialized Gravity Team

Skids or wheelies?  Skids for me

 

Matt McCorry, Part time Sales Assistant

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Time at Red Kite Cycles:  18 months

Styles of cycling:  Road

Favourite road or trail:  Pen y Pass, North Wales

Proudest cycling achievement:  Riding from Solihull to Paris to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research UK

Cycling ambition:  Tour of Flanders Sportif

Next bike on wish list:  Whyte T-130 – I’m an aspiring mountain biker!

Favourite way to relax:  Watching films . . . and revising?!

Cycling hero:  Tom Boonen

Skids or wheelies?  Wheelies, but only to show off – unsuccessfully!