Pro Bike Service started life as a high end for-profit microbusiness serving friends and acquaintances of Lawrence Mohammed – Founder, CEO and Head Mechanic. Bringing tools, clientelle and resources onto an innovative site called the Mobile Garden City – a community-led space where local residents and community groups could connect with nature, network, & learn new skills through a programme of free activities and workshops – Pro Bike Service was transformed from the bottom up and after a pilot year of self-funded experimentation, Pro Bike Service C.I.C was born in May 2017
Gaining funding and support from TFL’s Cycling Grants London programme, along with generous donations from friends, partners, course alumni, the local community and leading bicycle workshops in the City, a much larger and greater workshop was created, with an even grander vision and mission
“Pro Bike Service was founded in 2013 as a personal venture to combine my passions of cycling, engineering and entrepreneurship, wishing to provide a quality and reliable service to friends, their friends, and by word of mouth, a growing number of discerning cyclists. Over the years, I have built, repaired and serviced hundreds of bicycles as well as taught and coached numerous mechanics
In addition to being a Cytech certified mechanic, I am also a qualified Production and Manufacturing Engineer and have accrued over six years experience within blue chip UK Manufacturing companies, overseeing component production lines for the likes of Rolls Royce, Hewlett Packard and BAE Systems
I established the business with the following philosophy: ‘The more I know about your riding style, your specific needs and the more acquainted I become with your particular machine/s, the higher the degree of service I am able to offer’. A bit of a perfectionist, I wanted to create my own bike servicing utopia so I consulted with my regular clients, listened to their needs and fashioned my business model around their advice; produce full breakdown reports, freely provide tips, non-biased advice and professional recommendations. I also eliminated what they disliked; pressure sales tactics, a lack of service information, the prioritisation of speed over quality and a common issue encountered: a lack of direct and clear communication
Increasingly drawn towards regenerative business practices, closed-loop systems thinking, inclusive economic models and community building, I began volunteering for a project called R-Urban Wick in my local area. Short of funds and with a lot of land available for community use, I transformed the business into a social enterprise and brought this on site as a self-financed experiment – initially to support and assist R-Urban Wick – later as a standalone enterprise when energy for this ambitious project slowed and it was moved off site“
Lawrence Mohammed, CEO and Founder Pro Bike Service C.I.C.
Currently operating on land with the purpose of engaging the new and upcoming communities within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as the existing community, we offer our services to everyone in the local area and have consciously chosen to do this via a gift economy. This means we gift our services and offerings where needed (except any parts which our clients need to purchase) and we are open to receiving gifts in return. We believe this will build radical trust and from our experience to date, is deepening and widening the bonds and networks within our local community, whilst simultaneously offering numerous direct health benefits