Entering the male dominated world of the mechanic is Chlőe Hailstone who at 21 has just qualified as a cycle mechanic.
Chlőe who works in her family’s business Mick’s Cycles in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds is also in charge of the shop’s newly opened women and children’s section.
The rise in interest in cycling, particularly with the success of the Women’s Tour, has meant more and more inquiries from women taking up the activity.
Chlőe’s grandfather Mick set up Mick’s Cycles in the town 44 years ago and Chlőe received the Cytech Technical One qualification after training with the Association of Cycle Traders. She said: “My dad’s a mechanic but isn’t always in the shop so it seemed a good idea to qualify too. It’s still quite a male oriented field so being a female mechanic is a bit of a talking point.” See www,mickscycles.co.uk