In 2006 Stirling Kotze decided he’d had enough of the corporate world and considered opening a coffee shop. After some back-of-a-cigarette box calculations he quickly realized that the coffee shop wouldn’t even pay the bond. My next passion was bicycles and within a year, with my son and my wife, […]
The Stirling Revolution column is penned by the father and son, LBS owning, pair of Stirling “Snr” and Stirling James (SJ) “Jnr” Kotze. With years of industry insider knowledge, they’re your, and our, link to the retail side of bicycle trade – and while they might upset the odd sensitive reader their insights prove invaluable time and time again.
…when buying a Mountain Bike (the bike shop owner’s angle). By SJ and Stirling Kotze. Whether it is your first bike and the excitement of starting the world’s best sport, or the prospect of riding new technology, improved suspension, lower weight, or better braking and gearing, buying a mountain bike […]
You’re collecting your mountain bike after a big service. You hardly recognize it – so clean and shiny and as neat as a pin. Then you get the bill… R2000, R3000, R5000! If connected, your heart rate monitor would be approaching your red zone. Meanwhile the bike shop guy is […]
Stirling Senior was sitting in the Austrian Alps sipping Weiss beer, recuperating for the next blast downhill in mountain biking paradise between obligatory dealer information sessions. (Hosted by one of the World’s top bike brands the sessions are geared at educating the dealers about the 2015 bike models and essential […]
Unless, you are a salary earning pro, mountain biking should only ever be about one thing – having fun. But fun, as Stirling Junior knows, is a relative term, and some people derive fun by winning their category, some love the fitness and long hard climbs, while others enjoy riding […]
Confession Way back in my journalism/publishing days I was making a regular visit to my local bike shop. The owner knew I was looking for a new road bike and asked me how my selection process was progressing. I had made up my mind and was negotiating a purchase of […]
These mountain bike products are so cutting edge that only a few prototypes are currently being tested and very few photos exist, explains Stirling Junior. We have also been asked to keep the respective manufacturers confidential. Thanks to a few industry contacts and a lot of favours, we are proud […]
When trouble hits on the trail-side, stay calm and fix the problem effectively and efficiently with these handy tips supplied by our local bike shop guru, Stirling Junior. Snapped, bent or jammed chain: A clean break can easily be fixed with the correct masterlink, just make sure that you thread […]
Any rider who has ridden for a few years knows that bike mechanics sometimes do make mistakes. Conversely, all bike mechanics know that customers often blame them for faults the customers themselves caused. And Stirling Senior knows that mechanics and customers are reluctant to admit to their mistakes (sounds like […]
For all of you feeling the years in your limbs and hindquarters, here’s some light relief gleaned from the pages of Stirling Kotze’s diary. Penned on the morning after a tough ride, it’s a walk down MTB technology memory lane.