Hard Early Days Turn Full Cycle for Matt; after Warnings Business Wouldn't Last, M1 Tops Trek Cycles Sales in Qld

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Byline: Kieran Moran

BEING new in a small town and starting a small business can be daunting and challenging.

The new kid in town often raises eyebrows and even criticism from the community, including competing businesses.

It takes time to become accepted and it takes time to settle in and be known as a stayer and not a fly-by-nighter.

Matt Jenkin from M1 Cycles moved to Gladstone to start a small bicycle shop in 2003 and found the going tough at first.

"I always wanted to have a shop," Mr Jenkin said.

"I worked underground in Mt Isa for about 13 years and then I went to Rockhampton and worked at Tuckers Cycling for three years.

"I wanted to have a go on my own so I found a shop in Gladstone and started the business."

Mr Jenkin said the early days were testing times and nobody would back him when he first opened the shop.

"None of the companies wanted to touch me," Mr Jenkin said.

"Then Trek Cycles offered to support me and at first I didn't really want Trek because it was a high-end brand, but I thought I would go with it anyway because no one wanted to touch me.

"At the time, someone walked into my shop and told me it would be a joke to sell Trek Cycles in Gladstone and that I would go broke," he said. …