Bad day at work prompts gear change for Hackney local

A rubbish experience buying a bike and a bad day at work was just the motivation Ciaran Carleton needed to open his own bike shop.

The 33-year-old, who worked at Paul Smith in Covent Garden, used to cycle to work every day from his home in Stoke Newington but had little experience of cycling beyond that.

Now he runs Push, one of Hackney’s most popular bike shops – and his Mum and Dad live in the flat upstairs (and occasionally bring him lunch!).

They’re one of over 130 businesses offering discounts to Local Buyers Club members (discount cardholders can save 10% on all products and workshop services. Details here).

“I used to look after Paul Smith’s bike at work and pump up his tyres – we got chatting one day and, when I told him I wanted to open a bike