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! Bike qualification: Cytec Technical Level 2.


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 along with Cytec Technical Level 2.


Calum Swanson

Photo: Calum Swanson

Calum Swanson

Bike Mechanic

Calum is into anything biking and has a great knowledge on cool components and repairs. Calum’s skills and experience include Cytec Technical Level 2 and Mountain Bike Leadership Level 2.


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 2 Technical Certificate.


Damian Foss Forster

Photo: Foss cycling on the Devil's Staircase in Glencoe.

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 completed his 21st Ben Nevis Race last September! Cytec Technical Level 2 qualified.


Photo: Nix on the Devil's Staircase on the West Highland Way.

Nix Forster

Marketing and Accounts

Always up for a running, biking or swimming event She is a keen Ben Nevis racer who is hoping to complete Ben Race number 21 this year!


Photo: Johnny at the jump park at Carrbridge

Johnny Forster

Part Time Assistant

Johnny is a keen biker and completed the Megavalanche in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has discovered many countries on family cycle holidays including Scotland, France, Spain, Sardinia, Italy, Canary Islands and Holland.


Photo: Off Beat Staff

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. Come in and see us!