Our People


Jamie Maxwell

Photo: Jamie up Glen Nevis racing in the Wee Triathlon.

Jamie Maxwell

Shop Manager

Fresh from studying in Edinburgh, Jamie has returned home to follow his passion for mountain biking. Past Junior Scottish Cross Country MTB Champion, Jamie knows all about the extremes of competition and the importance of a fully functional bike!


Jon Farmer

Photo: Jon getting some downhill action in Rogate near Chichester.

Jon Farmer

Workshop Manager

Jon arrived in Fort William in February 2017. He’s mad for biking and kayaking and will no doubt be making his mark in Lochaber in the coming months! An experienced cycle mechanic, Jon holds his Velotech Gold Certificate in Cycle Maintenance.


Calum Swanson

Photo: Calum Swanson

Calum Swanson

Bike Mechanic

Calum is into anything biking and while on his Outdoor Adventure Course at the West Highland College UHI has committed to working at Off Beat Bikes on his free days. Calum’s skills and experience have been gained working as a Cycle Mechanic for Bike Hut in Halfords.


Nicky Sharrat

Photo: Nicky enjoying the craic in the Ben Nevis Race.

Nicky Sharratt

Women’s Department

Nicky has lived in Fort William all her life and has always been involved in lots of outdoor activities. Mountain biking, running, swimming and a bit of anything else thrown in; Nicky’s enthusiasm for practical, stylish kit will ensure you’ll get expert advice! Nicky has achieved her Cytech Level 1 Certificate in Cycle Maintenance.


Lyndsey Shaw

Photo: Lyndsey cycle touring in the Alps.

Lyndsey Shaw

Advice and help on the shop floor

Local Mallaig girl, Lyndsey is always on the go. With 5 children and a dog you just can’t imagine how much more she can squeeze into her day! Biking and running at any opportunity; Lyndsey likes nothing more than getting up to see the sun rise from Melantee while the rest of the world is still sleeping!


Damian Forster

Photo: Foss cycling on Banavie Hill with Ben Nevis behind.

Foss (Damian) Forster

Director of Operations

Living in Fort William since 1991, Foss is the main driving force behind the reincarnation of Off Beat Bikes! Always full of craic and up for a challenge, Foss is happy on a bike or on the hill. He will be completing his 21st Ben Nevis Race this September!


Nix Forster

Photo: Nix on the summit of Ben Bhan with Ben Nevis and the Aonachs in the background.

Nix Forster

Marketing and Accounts

Always up for a running or biking race, Nix thrives on taking part. A keen Ben Nevis racer who is hoping to complete Ben Race number 20 this year!


Photo: Aonach Mor Uphill

Off Beat Bikes

A wee bit of history

Off Beat Bikes, founded in a back garden shed in 1985, brought the mountain biking world to Fort William and is now bouncing back!
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