Name: Andrew Rackstraw
Job Title: Shop Owner
Saddle Safari Staff Since: 1993
Rides: ICE Adventure Steps recumbent trike, Hand trike
Info: Andy started Saddle Safari in 1993 with a loan from the Prince’s Trust. He has enjoyed creating a growing business with wife Claire and their three children. Andy likes everything outdoors and also likes the odd rebellion beer! In recent years Andy was diagnosed with a neurological illness called NF2. However he is still fully immersed in the business and has adopted an Ice trike as his ride of choice .If your interested in a trike-Andy's your man!
Interesting fact: Andy was once a holiday Rep in Spain & and has also been known to perform magic shows as his alter ego Marko Frondini!
Name: Mark Wright
Job Title: Shop Manager
Saddle Safari Staff Since: 2003
Rides: Trek Superfly FS (MTB), Trek Madone 5.9 (road bike)
Info: Aside from being one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, Mark is the front man in the shop and manages all of the day to day activity. He has a background in FMCG sales, is a qualified water sports instructor. He still windsurfs regularly. Mark is trained in Bike-Fit and is also a keen motorcyclist.
Interesting fact: Mark purchases TV Chat EVERY week and has a personalised autograph from Ronnie Corbett!
Name: Daniel Slyfield
Job Title: Senior Sales and Bike Fit Technician
Saddle Safari Staff Since: Full time since 2002, Part time since 1999
Rides: Trek Remedy 9 (MTB), Trek Checkpoint SL7 (Road) Federal Ty Morrow (BMX), Echo Pure 26’’ (Trials bike), Inspired Fourplay 24’’ (Street trials bike), Pashley 26mghz (trials bike), Flyer Custom build (Fixie), Old SchoolBike (MTB)
Info: In-between other jobs Dan has worked at Saddle Safari since he did work experience whilst at school. He is a qualified Bike-Fitter and Cytech Level 1,2 & 3 mechanic, but has also taken over the Web/Online side if the shop. Dan is a passionate Trials and BMX rider and also teaches mechanical training for those wishing to learn more about their bikes. He has also travelled to every continent in the world (bar the poles!). Outside of the shop Dan also works as an international stage mechanic for Ride25 as they make their way around the world.
Interesting fact: In 2010 Dan was chief mechanic on the gruelling 3005 mile Race Across America (RAAM) for the Sir Steve Redgrave Team. This event is commonly known as the toughest cycle race on the planet!
Name: Claire Rackstraw
Job Title: The glue that holds it all together
Saddle Safari Staff Since: 1993
Rides: Ridgeback Vanteo
Info: Claire is Andy's wife and has many roles around the shop. She keeps the shop and staff in tip top condition .
Job Title: Shop Dog
Saddle Safari Staff Since: 2012
Rides: Running beside Andy's trike
Info: Although Barry has a very limited knowledge when it comes to bikes, he more than makes up for it by sniffing random objects. He can often be found lounging in the sunny spot by the shop door or wandering about looking for affection from whomever is closest
Interesting fact: Barry is a bit of a Casanova when it comes to furniture, cushions and peoples shins!!!
Name: Ben Drew
Job Title: Workshop Manager
Saddle Safari Staff Since: February 2013
Rides: Jawbone 24” jump bike, 1950 Dawes Aristocrat fixie/single speed
Info: As a highly skilled cycle mechanic, Ben was previously an instructor at the Cycle Systems Academy in London. Whilst there, he trained many other cycle mechanics from all over the UK. Behind his laid-back image Ben is an extremely professional individual, with an eye for detail. Outside of riding he enjoys Snow Boarding and is also a keen Drummer/singer.
Interesting fact: Ben is the founder of the Mountain Mulisha MTB Club. He previously set-up and ran his own successful bike shop in the south of England.
Name: Matt Langridge
Job Title: Sales
Saddle Safari Staff Since: January 2013 part time, June 2017 full time
Rides: Willier Izoard XP road bike, Trek Stache 29'r hard tail MTB
Info: Matt is one of the most genuine people you’ll meet and when talking to him it’s evident just how much he loves cycling. With an addiction for self punishment, he regularly attacks the infamous Winter Hill. Rather than climb to the top and continue with his ride Matt prefers instead to head back to the bottom and tackle it another 6 times! This often takes place before most of us have managed to get out of bed!
Interesting fact: In his previous career Matt was a member of the Thames Valley Police. Along with a number of other interesting roles, he was one of only a small number of officers to be qualified in bicycle self defence. In short, he’s like Bruce Lee on wheels!
Name: Alex Jarvis
Job Title: Sales/ Workshop
Saddle Safari Staff Since: March 2017
Rides: Custom Trek Ticket DJ, Trek Remedy 9.8
Info: Alex joined us in March 2017 after leaving college. Interested in bikes for the last ten years, he is a keen mountain biker and a king at wheelies!
Interesting fact: Alex can do a wheelie with no front wheel.
Name: Michael McGrath
Job Title: Senior Mechanic
Saddle Safari Staff Since: 1997
Rides: Trek Fuel 100 with Alfina 8speed hub (MTB), Genesis Altitude (MTB)
Lives: Lane End
Info: Michael came to work at Saddle Safari on Election Day 1997. He has a wealth of experience with bike tinkering and has been building his own bikes since he was a boy. He has a good historical knowledge of all types of bikes and is abnormally fast when riding downhill!
Interesting fact: Mike is somehow able to repair almost anything be it bike or non-bike related
Name: Trevor Scott
Job Title: Part Time Weekend Staff
Saddle Safari Staff Since: March 2019
Rides: Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus
Info: Trevor has run his own sign writing business for the past 38 years, but has a love for cycling which has led him to his part time role at Saddle Safari. Trevor also hosts our workshop courses.
Interesting fact: Played at Twickenham when he was 16.
Name: Taylor Marsham
Job Title: Social Media and Website Coordinator, Sales
Saddle Safari Staff Since: June 2019
Rides: Trek Remedy 8
Info: Taylor joined us in June 2019 and is now, on top of sales, responsible for keeping website and social channels up to date.
Interesting fact: Loves taking the Trek Rail demo bike out for rides. He loves a bit of downhill.
Name: Jonny Payne
Job Title: Mechanic and Sales
Saddle Safari Staff Since: June 2021
Rides: Orbea Terra H40 gravel bike: Voodoo Zobop Custom FS MTB: NS Movement 3 jump bike
Lives: High Wycombe
Info: Entered the bike trade after completing his Masters degree in Oceanography in 2019. Has worked in other bike shops but was looking for a more technical challenge so joined us to get his hands on more complex bikes.
Interesting fact: Knows what a young shark is called.