Meet the team

Platt Fields Bike Hub relies on a group of dedicated volunteers who have come together through a shared passion of cycling and a desire to encourage and support their local community to get on their bikes, get fit and have fun!


Andy joined the project two years ago. He’s been involved with Community Bike Co-operatives since 2005 and loves the daily challenges and comradeship the project brings.


I’m a bike enthusiast. Originally from the Russian industrial city of Samara, I now consider Manchester my home. I view bicycles as a wonderful tool that enable people to fully participate in their communities and finds joy in helping people get back on their bikes or find a new one. I’m an electronics engineer by trade and definitely enjoy rolling my sleeves up in the workshop. One of my favourite things is to explore an unfamiliar land on a bike, finding those hidden gems that exist in every city.


I’m a lifelong cyclist and major enthusiast – to work with and enjoy bicycles in their every capacity. From making pedal powered sound systems & bamboo bike trailers, to painting cycling celebration murals with groups, to campaigning for increasing safer cycling and organising bike events, setting up community cycling projects, to bike instructing children and adults – all designed to get people on pedals! I love road riding, audaxing, touring, turbo training, transporting about, lugging loads about and in recent years, teaching my 2 small kids to ride and [hopefully] start their long loves of bikes too!


Originally from Spain, I have love bikes since I was a child. I joined The Bike Hub community in April 2021, where I am developing my mechanical skills and learning a great deal from the team. I really enjoy coming here as everybody is very nice and enthusiastic. I am very grateful to be part of the team!


Originally from the Polish Lake District, Zym has been volunteering with the project since its inception. Always keen to share his enthusiasm for all things cooperative, DIY and bicycle-related. He’s also involved with our sister project Coffee Cranks Co-operative and is the Secretary for our co-op.


A photographer by trade, I’ve volunteered at the Hub since summer 2020. Lockdown number 1 rekindled my love of cycling after a gap of almost 40 years. The knowledge and skills I’ve acquired since joining are considerable and is all down to the support, instruction and encouragement from fellow members.


Mark joined The Bike Hub as a volunteer in mid 2021 whilst between jobs working in a legal role and has background as a Union organiser. From knowing very litter about bike mechanics, Mark has grown in confidence and says he has learnt more than he thought possible in a relatively short space of time. Mark continues to volunteer at the weekends at The Hub.


I have loved bikes since I was a nipper in the 1950s, I jumped on a lads bike and rode my first 2 wheeler. I thought this is the best thing since sliced bread!!… Hold on we didn’t have sliced bread back then. 1960s was youth hostelling all over Wales, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. 1970s was racing, Time Trials and Track. 1980s got me into veteran cycle racing on my Penny Farthing, nowadays I’m usually at a veteran cycle rally somewhere in the UK.



I’ve been really into fixing things. I started cycling when I was 6-7 years old and I got involved in fixing bikes in my teenage years working in my brother’s bicycle shop back in Poland. I joined Platt Fields Bike Hub team in 2019 as a volunteer when I moved to Manchester and started working part-time in 2022.



I became a bike enthusiast in 2008 after a centenary event following the cycle route of his wife’s grandfather who cycled through France and Spain in 1908. Cycling is a great way to exercise and explore. Volunteering at The Bike hub has given me the opportunity to learn from a great team of dedicated people and put a bit back into the community.

Matt Arran

I love cycling because of the freedom it brings! I can get anywhere in Manchester without getting stuck in traffic, worrying about parking or paying for petrol. I enjoy volunteering for The Bike Hub because I get to use my hands, fix real problems and help people out!


I bought my first bike as an adult after moving back to Manchester in 2020, a 1980’s Dawes racer. I instantly fell in love with cycling and the freedom it brings! After falling in love with The Bike Hub’s atmosphere and people, I started to volunteer looking after The Hub’s social media side of things… I wanted to help out more than just bringing the volunteers biscuits every week 🙂