BikeBiz speaks with Pendle's Martin Robson for the inside scoop on the firm's new developments

Pendle Engineering profile: bike racks, stands …and iPads

What are the latest product releases from Pendle?
We have been concentrating on our bike storage offerings. We updated our Hang Up Holder into a range of three holders to suit different budgets to fasten to a garage/shed/house wall and allow the bike to be held up vertically by the front wheel.

We made the most of our tube laser cutter to create a snap-together design that ships in a small box and assembles in seconds. We also added a new ceiling hook that can be fitted to a ceiling rather than a wall. Whilst these designs are more expensive than the old DIY store threaded hook we feel they offer a purpose-made solution with their wide, soft coated hooks that is intended only for bike storage at a price that is still very reasonable.

Are there any established best selling products from the Pendle brand?
Our Wheel Support racks have always sold well as the ultimate top-of-the-range option for buyers who don’t want to compromise on getting a solid reliable fitting to a towbar whilst offering a good secure and friendly fit to a wide range of bike types and sizes. At the other end of the scale our Strap On Rack always sells well because of its many good reviews and recommendations over time.

You also produce laptop and iPad stands – how did that side of the business come into being?
That was born out of an idea I had for an iPad stand that I wanted for myself. We do a large amount of sub contract manufacturing for a lot of other companies in industries such as office furniture, so our production capacity is much bigger than only bike racks. As we had the ability to make them and experience of selling to the public through the bike racks we decided to have a go at selling stands as well.

Obviously there is a massive market for these products due to the popularity of the iPad and other tablets.

How’s business generally?
Very good. Hopefully cycling will keep growing in popularity and then more and more people will want to transport or store their bikes.

What’s next for Pendle Engineering?
We have a new version of our tripod stand for light duty, quick maintenance coming soon. This is another design that has been improved through use of the tube laser. We also have a major new rack development on the way later this year…

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