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Ten Street Cycles — the art of bicycle mechanics

TEN Street Cycles is an independent bike shop operating out of MAKE North Dock on Regent Rd, it provides everything from standard repairs to specialist services for cycling aficionados.
Run by Walton born Malcolm Lesley, he tells Scottie Press after moving across the UK & Europe working on IT projects, it soon led to him finding his fascination for bikes later in life when working in Brussels.

TEN Street Cycles is an independent bike shop operating out of MAKE North Dock on Regent Rd, it provides everything from standard repairs to specialist services for cycling aficionados.

Run by Walton born Malcolm Lesley, he tells Scottie Press after moving across the UK & Europe working on IT projects, it soon led to him finding his fascination for bikes later in life when working in Brussels.

“I started a little hobby of finding old bikes and fixing them up, it was quite easy to do because lots of people in Belgium had nice bikes in the garage that have just been sitting there for years.” Although no prior experience in bike mechanics, with a few tools and a basement turned workshop, he began fixing and trading used bike.

And Belgium’s cycling culture soon encouraged Malcolm to get back on the saddle himself, “It opens up the city and you realise things are closer than you thought, it’s quicker to get to places on a bike. I guess I’ve always had that desire to live somewhere where it easy to get around on a bike or to even walk around because it makes a place so much nicer to live.

“When I moved back to the UK I took a course at a place called the Bicycle Academy in Somerset, they teach you everything about designing, making and fitting a bike. You look at different styles of bikes, riding characteristic, as it changes on whether someone wants a road bike or a mountain bike. The geometry of the bike determines how stable it is, how well it steers and how fast it can go. And the main point of designing a bike is to make sure it fits the person exactly.”

Learning all the trick of the trade, Malcolm skills now span from building custom wheels to creating bespoke frames from scratch, with designs ranging from contemporary vintage styles to unique off-road bikes — all finished with precise ingenuity and a considered aesthetic. Alongside this, he deliverers private classes for people looking to learn basic skills to more advanced workshops for anyone wanting to further their knowledge.

Attracting customer across the city, he says, “A couple of customer of mine a touring around the world at the moment, they went to Australia and they’re cycling back, right now they’re in Vietnam. I also gave them training so they could fix any problem themselves on the side of the road’

Malcolm position on cycling looks beyond the workshop as he expresses views on the nature of cycling in Liverpool today, “Unfortunately there is no vision, will or understanding of what’s needed” when it comes to providing a system to encourage more people to get on a bike, he says, ‘it doesn’t need to be complicated.’

He sees a discrepancy between the requirements needed to encourage more cyclists to hit the road and the initiatives that get support by the government and local authorities, “I’m not a cyclist, I use a bike for some journey, trains for other and also a car for other journeys, I’m just a person getting around” but says the framework in place not only in Liverpool but across the UK work against getting more people to start peddling.