India to Appleby!

In 2020 Shavari Vidwans embarked on an adventure to The Bike Inn in Appleby from Mumbai India. Having already completed a frame building course In India, Shavari’s next challenge was to complete our Professional mechanic course which incorporates a level 3 IMI qualification, Shavari’s aim was to expand her mechanical knowledge to enable the opening of a cycle workshop in

The travel restrictions that were in place during this time meant Shavari spent 15 days in quarantine but despite this Shavari mentions, it was worth every second. With the support of her friends and family, the logistics were possible and Shavari was “one day at a time moving towards her goal”. Shavari completed the 3 weeks onsite course, from learning about traditional headsets and bottom brackets to electronic gears and E-bikes. During these intense weeks, a lot of skills were learned, including wheel building, a dark art to master!

As well as mechanic sessions Shavari fully embraced her time in the local area; “discussing random things with the neighbours where she was staying, exchanging food through windows, experiencing snow while walking towards The Bike Inn, mechanic classes, practicals, study, coffee,  exchanging ideas, feeling super cold in the workshop, trying to take notes of anything and everything she could to further her knowledge, throwing her clothes away to pack her newly purchased tools in her bag………… The List goes on…..”

Once Shavari completed The Bike Inn’s professional course it was time to travel back to India and put into practice her newly learned skills in her workshop based in Mumbai. Shavari’s reputation now exceeds her with people traveling meanable distances to have their bike serviced by a professional female bike mechanic! The Bike Inn staff are never more than a phone call away for her and any of our past students and enjoy seeing our graduates succeed whether they have traveled halfway around the world or are local.

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