CycloPlus Dealer Tour
SERIES 2: Episode 7
#WeVisit Saley's Cycle Centre, Trichart
The Saley family have a rich history in the bicycle business that stretches back three generations to 1916. Mr Baboo Saley's maternal grandfather started Cajees in 1916 in Roodepoort while his paternal grandfather - Mohamed Saley - started Star Cycle Works in 1923 in Vereeniging!
Saley's Cycle Centre has been located in Trichardt since 2002.
Mr Saley took the time to show us an old photo album of days gone by.
Below, a young Mr Baboo Saley standing with one of the thousands of bicycles his family have sold in South Africa over the past century.
In 1952 Mr Saley's father (seated above right) operated 'Saley's & Sons' from an iconic landmark in Vereeniging (image above left). With 16 children, of whom 7 were sons, Mr Saley Snr. sold everything a tradesman required ... as well as jewellery and bicycles!
Upstairs is the workshop where Mr Saley's mechanics go about their daily jobs with passion and a sense of urgency.
Bicycles are not the only thing for sale at Saley's Cycle Centre ... a small section of the shop is reserved for air-rifles, pellets and believe it or not, cassette taps!
Mr Saley mentions that while he stocks a wide range of Cycloplus products, tyres and tubes are his best sellers.
Great to spend time with you Mr Baboo Saley and sense the journey of the three generations ... see you soon!
Compiled by Oli Munnik with photography by Desmond Louw