Full Chat with Merlin’s Julie BMX Barrett

full chat – slang for ‘full throttle’.
(at) full chat
with maximum energy or force; at top speed.
synonyms: (at) full speed, (at) full pelt, as fast as one’s legs can carry one, at a gallop, helter-skelter, headlong, hotfoot, post-haste, hurriedly, hastily, wildly, pell-mell, impetuously, recklessly, rashly.

Continuing our irregular series of meeting the Merlin Irregulars.

We’re all about the customer at Merlin Cycles. Our customer services team is our secret weapon. A more helpful, patient and courteous bunch of people you’ll never meet.

Julie “BMX” Barrett

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Julie Barrett


45 (or old enough to know better!)

Job title?

Customer Services Adviser

How long have you been at Merlin Cycles?

Since May 2014

How many bikes do you own?


What bike do you ride most?

At the moment my SE Floval Flyer cruiser bmx. I’ve qualified to ride the World Championships in Challenge class for GB next July in Zolder, Belgium so need to get the training in.

How long have you been into cycling?

40 years.

What was your first proper bike?

A Raleigh Budgie

Do you ride road, MTB or cyclocross?

All of them but mainly bmx at the moment.

How often do you ride a week?

Three or four times normally but I’m recovering from an operation at the moment so off the bike till after Christmas.

Where do you ride most?

At the Manchester Indoor BMX track at the moment as its winter or down at Queens Park Heywood BMX track.

What do you take with you on a ride?

On the road and MTB: pump, spare tubes and patches, mobile phone and a few bits of food and gels. I don’t normally ride for more than two hours so that’s enough.

What are your favourite cycling components?

Anything from Hope.

What are your favourite cycling clothes?

Craft Windstopper base layer.

Have you ever raced?

Yes. MTB (XC and Downhill), cyclocross, road, track and BMX.

Who are your cycling heroes?

Steve Peat.

Do you have any interests outside of cycling?

Walking, keeping fit, the outdoors.

Do you Strava?

No, I don’t need tech to remind me how slow I’m going :0)

Why do you rtide?

For fun and to keep fit.

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