Rob King from Outspoken Cycles shares what started it all for him and how a desire to contribute to an ideal led to the creation of a business whose purpose is to inspire people to cycle more.
What’s the best idea you’ve had on your bike?
My idea to set up a cycling company actually came when I was hitch-hiking with a cycle courier from York, I’d already fallen in love with the cycling culture of Cambridge and wanted to contribute to it.
Tell us about what your business does?
We do a lot of bicycle related things! We started off as cycle courier company with a cargo bike. Once this took off we wanted to ensure our couriers were trained properly in riding and mechanics so we set up a cycle training business.
Then to inspire people to have fun with cycling we set up an events business with everything from Try-Out- Shows with lots of novelty bikes to cycle powered smoothies and scalextrics. We’ve now just started a cycle courier company in Waltham Forest as part of the mini Holland project.
Why do you do this?
Cycling is a brilliant way to get around. It makes people healthier and happier by creating a cleaner and more social environment and incorporating exercise into daily routine. I fell in love with the cycling culture in Cambridge where people of all ages use the bicycle as their main mode of transport. I’d like to help more people realise life is better by bike and reduce the emissions in towns and cities.
How long has this business been running for?
Our first bike was delivered in November 2005
What bit of advice would you give to your younger self?
Believe in your ideas and share your plans. I had some ideas and with lots of hard work from a lot of people along the way we made them work. I could never have realised my ideas without the help of a team of people who love cycling and wanted to contribute to the goal of getting more people cycling.
What’s the best way people can connect with you?
At CycleFox we believe the bicycle has a big role to play in building happier, more vibrant and connected communities. Our mission is to help more people enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling.
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