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hi there! I'm Mike Stead - owner, mechanic and ride leader of Test Valley Cycles. I've been in love with bikes since taking apart my first BMX at the age of nine. I didn't have too many bits left over, and thus a lifetime of mucking about with bikes was started. In younger, more reckless days I raced national-level downhill and cross-country mountainbikes. I've organised UCI-sanctioned national cycling events, and many smaller non-competitive rides. I've set up and chaired several cycle clubs, and helped many people to discover the joys of cycling. I review bikes and bike kit for the highly-regarded website Road.CC. My non-cycling work life has been in Fortune-500 board-level technology consultancy and service delivery - so I understand how small details can make or break the best experiences. I'm passionate about bike tools and repair processes - safety and reliability are paramount, and I will always deliver the best-possible result. Whether it's fitting a bell to a child's bike or a whole new hydraulic disc brake setup on a carbon roadbike, I strive for technical and customer service perfection. I love helping people enjoy cycling in our beautiful area, and will offer the best advice on where to go and what to do.

Please get in touch to discuss how I can help you enjoy your bike.