Jake Voelcker founded Jake's Bikes in January 2008 after identifying the need for a bike workshop which would serve 'normal' cycle commuters instead of specialising in mountain bikers or roadies. The workshop quickly grew and branched into new areas including selling reconditioned used bikes, tuition, and more recently launching our own Bristol Bicycles. Nowadays Jake mostly concentrates on developing and running the business side of things as well as continuing to service and repair customers' bikes, provide tuition and teaching, and managing the finances.
A lifelong cyclist, as a child Jake spent hours tinkering with and riding BMXs and later got into cycle camping holidays with friends. Jake likes bikes of (almost) all kinds, but is especially partial to sensible, practical utility bikes such as 1950's British roadsters, Dutch bikes, trekking bikes and cargo bikes. He enjoys cycle touring on- and off-road in the UK and abroad, and of course uses a bicycle on a daily basis as his only means of transport around Bristol.
Jake previously worked as a freelance web designer for five years for clients in the charity and environmental sectors. He moved to Bristol in 2004 to study Social Policy at Bristol University, including some cycling-related research. Before that Jake worked for renewable energy charity Mid Wales Energy Agency and wind farm consultant EcoGen, and at the CAT Eco Centre in Wales.
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