In order to offer the highest levels of service and expertise (check here if you don't believe us!) the TartyBikes team consists of four long-term bike addicts, all of whom have spent many a year devoting their time towards various bike sports... but of course trials has always been number one.
Adam's the owner of TartyBikes and general jack of all trades, specialising in knowing crazy amounts of techie stuff about trials bikes. He can usually be found sitting at a PC working on the website, answering emails or buried under a pile of paperwork; but manages to escape to the workshop to get his hands dirty building wheels and bikes every once in a while.
His first experience of trials was in 1999 when he saw a friend bunnyhop up an 18" wall - it was one of those 'I need to learn how to do that!' moments and trials has been a huge part of his life ever since...
He currently rides a customised Monty M5 bike specced with a pair of Hope brakes, full of titanium goodies and plenty of carbon fibre... despite all the pimpness his riding hasn't improved for years, but he likes nothing more than heading off to some rocks for a few hours after work. Outside of riding he enjoys various outdoor pursuits and tinkering with cars, including track days and racing.
Stan's been riding trials since the late 90's and was inspired by the Marty/ins, spending many hours wearing out his copy of Tricks & Stunts on VHS (fire up Google if you have no idea what we're on about...). His smooth and controlled riding style is famous throughout the world, but videos don't do it justice!
He's the general manager here and helps out with all manner of tasks including answering the phone, taking orders, placing orders with suppliers, stock checking, workshop, website updating... you get the idea! He's also usually on hand to help when Adam can't reach something high up in the warehouse (Adam says: thanks guys, I'm not THAT short).
At the moment he rides a Koxx Kloud built up into a super-light prototype-part shod competition machine, a shiny red Inspired Arcade custom build and MTB / Enduro on his Orange Five. He also enjoys a bit of football on a weekend and has tiny feet in proportion to his giraffe-like height.
Cap's our main mechanic, so if you've bought a custom built wheel or a bike from us it will have been lovingly assembled by his kitteny-soft* hands. He has been well-known throughout the trials scene for years thanks to videos documenting his explosive riding style (and really impressive crashes), as well as sponsorship from ZOO! and various other companies.
His current bikes include an Echo Trial 24" with a mix of parts from brands like Trialtech, Echo and TNN, a custom build Inspired Arcade (in the same colour as Stan's, ooooo bike fwends) and an Orange Five for MTB duties.
Outside of riding, he tends to get through rather a lot of packets of biscuits and tries to keep out of the sun as much as possible - one of the many downsides of being 'strawberry blonde' (ginger).
*May not be entirely true.
Mark is the man who deals with many of your phone and email enquiries, plus producing awesome photos and videos! Each of our three Tarty Days videos have been made by Mark, plus he's responsible for nearly all of the website content that so many riders all over the world rely on as a source of information.
Also a long-term bike addict, he was testing parts for Onza in the early 2000s, then had a stint riding BMX while at uni, came back to 20" again for a bit and has now settled into street trials riding - his BMX influence is clear to see.
He's currently riding a pimped out Inspired Arcade with a set Magura MT7 / MT2 franken-brakes (although these sometimes come off when he fancies a bit of brakeless action) and Spank rims.
Outside of riding, Mark's also keen on climbing and bouldering, which usually means his hands are ripped to shreds - nice.
Martyn's the newest member of staff here at TartyBikes, drafted in to take care of picking and packing of orders. However, his long-term experience dating back to the early 90's as a mechanic also comes in very handy! Those who are quick at maths will know what that means... yep, he's old :-)
A true bike nut, much of his spare time is also devoted to two wheels. Various weekends are spent out on the UK and European road racing circuits, prepping and maintaining bikes for the Neon Velo Cycling Team, and also supporting his son Xavier who races with the Eastlands Velo club.
Fun fact: Martyn is also conversational in British sign language!
So, now you can put a face to the names and voices you hear on the phone :)
Knowledge of trials bikes and components is something we pride ourselves on. Due to the huge amount of trials experience we have (over 50 years between us!), if you are stuck choosing a component, or are unsure if it will fit, then it's more than likely that we can help. The best way for us to assist you is by phone, such a vast amount of information is very difficult to communicate via e-mail. And who doesn't love a good old chat?!
As riders ourselves, we understand how it feels to be without a bike! We always aim to put ourselves in our customer's shoes - we feel this is the only way to offer a level of service all parties will be 100% satisfied with. It is not in our interest to have dissatisfied customers, so if there is anything we can help out with, just get in touch!
We make our refund and returns policy as fair as possible - nobody likes buying something to find it won't fit, or isn't suitable, and you can't send it back! More details of this are in the Terms & Conditions section of the website.
Similarly, another aspect of online/mail order shopping we are against is over-the-top postage prices. All postage prices are calculated by weight (UK) or volume (international), not how difficult or time-consuming it is to pack your order. We don't make any money on shipping costs, we always charge you what it costs us (or less in a lot of cases). Since we send a large amount of items overseas we have great prices with international couriers like UPS and FedEx, making it seem like we are just around the corner no matter what country you are in!
TartyBikes is located in Bamber Bridge, a small town just south of Preston in Lancashire. We're around half a mile from Junction 29 of the M6 and pretty easy to find. Since we are a mail order warehouse we do not have any product on display, but we are able to accept visitors. Please be aware that for health and safety reasons we are not able to admit visitors without an appointment, and no-one other than staff can enter the warehouse. Our busiest times are the first and last hour of the day plus lunchtimes - if you are able to visit outside of these times that would be really helpful, but don't worry if not!
The easiest way to get here is using Google Maps - search for TartyBikes and the pin is right next to our building. If you will be using a satellite navigation system to find us, please use postcode PR5 6FN and no house number. Your sat nav will also probably tell you the destination of this postcode is Hopwood Street, that's ok, the road system round here is a little confused! Once you turn off from Station Road - the main road running through Bamber Bridge - simply take the first left (signposted as Club Street), then take the next left into the large car park. We are the first two units as you enter this car park.
We are open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed at weekends. We do not open on Bank Holidays. We need some time to ride you see!
Enjoy browsing the site, and remember that we're here to help and only a phone call away. You can also contact us by email, see the Contact Us section of our site.
All UK calls: 01772 32 33 33
International Customers: 0044 1772 32 33 33
US Customers may need to dial: 011 44 1772 32 33 33
Private Limited Company Number: 6131482
VAT Registration Number: GB 860 0270 59
TartyBikes Ltd, Units 3-4, Club Street, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6FN