I’m Mark – a bike mechanic, musician, educator, and enthusiast in a lot of other areas.
My formal training is in music – I have a Bachelors in Music from Maynooth University, with a focus on performance (classical guitar) and composition. I also play piano and ukulele, and have learned the basics in a lot of other instruments. While writing, performing and teaching music are not really a focus at the moment, they will hopefully always be a part of my life and I hope to help educate and inspire others for as long as I can.
My main work for the last 8 years has been in bicycle repair and education – I currently work with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, and Rothar in Phibsborough. Between the two I do a lot of work in educating people about bikes (from short 1 hour workshops, to full length certified courses, and long-term on-the-job training) and the remanufacturing of unwanted bikes and bike parts to the highest standard of functionality and environmentalism.
In these roles I have accumulating over 1000 hours of teaching time and worked on 1000s of bikes. I’m always looking to other disciplines to learn more and constantly improve as an educator and sustainability-driven mechanic. In everything I learn and teach, I always look to understand and explain things in the simplest ways possible that everyone can understand and use, whether it’s a physical skill or more technical theory information,
I have other passions and interests: I’m a long time strict vegan, minimalist-footwear enthusiast, bread-knotter, amateur woodworker, and sometimes artist to name a few, and I’m always looking for ways to integrate them with my professional work.
That’s me, feel free to get in contact if any of this strikes a chord with you.