A chartered structural engineer who quit due to a downturn in the construction industry is now riding high as a bike mechanic.
Russell Cutts became a mobile mechanic in 2012, servicing bikes at Sheffield station from the back of his van one day a week.
After two years he has gone up a gear, opening a new workshop, hire centre and shop there as part of the next phase of the station’s £850,000 Cycle Hub.
Russell said: “At times it has been really hard: everybody knows just how bitterly cold a railway station can be and working with your hands in such freezing conditions can be a real challenge.
“But I’m passionate about bikes.
“Having my own workshop and retail space, which will be lovely and warm in the winter, will really transform what I can do to help Sheffield’s growing community of cycling commuters.”
Russell’s Bicycle Shed, which is open Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm, will also run a city-wide bike hire scheme from The Hub at the Railway Station.
“We are Sheffield’s first city centre bike hire scheme.
“Londoners have already taken to hiring city bikes, but a ‘Boris’ bike would be too heavy for the hills of Sheffield, so we’ve got a fleet of lightweight multi-geared Marin bikes,” said 32-year-old Russell, who had worked at several engineering and architectural practices before the recession prompted him to follow his true passion.
Over the last year, he has helped to develop the new Cycle Hub, which opened this summer.