What to do with a bicycle you no longer use? Chuck it? No, says Casey who came up with a solution with OMA Bikes. A solution was only part of the journey, looking back on starting his own business, “it’s easier to learn what you like than to do what you just know” reflects Casey.
What’s the best idea you’ve had on your bike?
Too much of this stuff is going to waste.
Tell us about what your business does?
At OMA Bikes we provide pre-owned and pre-loved bicycles with a new lease of life and a new home. We help families keep their children riding by recycling their bikes. We also provide serviced bikes for sale to adults as well.
Why do you do this?
Oma Bikes started life in a simple, organic fashion. We are parents, and as our children outgrew their bikes we bought some for them online. When we collected the bikes we found them to have been wrongly described, either the wrong size or not in the condition we had expected them to be in, needing repair or service. We bought more, and as we ended up with working bikes for them we continued looking for better quality bikes.
Having started to amass a collection of unsuitable bikes, we started training in bicycle repair, led by one of the trainers of mechanics for the “Boris” London Hire Bikes. Working together we started the initial servicing of the bicycles we had collected and made them roadworthy, and then offered them for sale. We have since grown to recycle and rehome a growing collection of bicycles for both children and adults. All bicycles are serviced prior to sale to give the buyer a level of quality and confidence that may not necessarily be available from the average private seller.
How long has this business been running for?
What bit of advice would you give to your younger self?
You are better of finding something you like but can’t do, than something you can do but don’t like. It is much easier to learn what you like than to do what you just know.
How can we find out more?
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