The fact that 42-year-old Deepak Patel has been welcoming his customers to the bike repair shop since November 2020 with a wide smile is a sign of true Joey de Vivre. He first wanted to leave Manchester and France for four years and then Montpellier a year later to find a better quality of life. “I ran a ‘bicycle cafe’ in the UK and wanted to get into an artificial intelligence project. But my interest in cycling stuck with me and I found this original location: the former cafe to commerce”.
Start a spare parts sales office
The love of the bicycle and the richness of human exchanges are its fountains. He is pleased to be able to trust his wife, a civil servant at the University of Montpellier, for all the administrative aspects of this work. “She’s the boss !, He says. We are very happy in Monternate where contacts are easy. I have a lot of work to do. For spare parts, I come from the UK and China “.
The sociable side of the bicycle is its engine. “Everyone from 2-year-olds to two-wheeler addicts who start the process to Sunday cyclists have a strong bond with their bike or mountain bike.” With the help of his friend Max Richards, he repairs or maintains any bicycle from the Mercer bicycle of the 70s to the latest electric bicycle. Both also give a second life to the bikes assigned to them.
Their plan is to “sell spare parts” for the antenna. “We need to be tailored to the major retailers”. Their English friends happily pass Monternad: “It’s the British Consulate!” To the question “Do you speak English or French”, the answer is: “We’re talking about a bicycle! It’s more personal than a car, it allows you to play, play, explore the world. Contacts with repairmen are only rich.” The workshop is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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