Having started to repair and modify bikes in his parents Garage from a very early age, bikes are in Ryan’s blood. His Grandad Bob Saywell owned and ran Saywell Cycles, a repair shop in Nottingham so cycling has always been..and still is, in the family.
With a background in BMX and MTB (and anything with two wheels) he pursued a career in the cycle industry particularly in mechanics. From the age of 19 he was given the opportunity to work for The Bike Shed in Barnstaple moving to Bike Shed Exeter to eventually manage a team of four mechanics and the main workshops.
During that time he was also team mechanic for Wideopen Magazine competing in the British Downhill series and also obtained his Cytec technical three master mechanic qualification, specialising in suspension and advanced wheelbuilding.
With 20 years of mechanical experience working in the industry the next step was to start his own company with fellow mechanic and business partner Chaz. Roots Cycleworks Ltd is now the latest venture and the next chapter in the repair manual!