Who are you?
I’m Paul, casual collector of music, guitars, black t-shirts and bicycles.
Tell me about your bike(s)?
Having moved around a bit, I had to strip down but I’m at a happy 3 right now. I’ve got my Trek FX7.3 hybrid which is now my commuter / shopper / pub / etc bike, a 24” inch BMX to beat around on when the mood takes me (courtesy friend & SXR member Rik) and I recently joined the Jamis Satellite Comp club which I absolutely love and is now number 1.
Anything else you want to add?
All on? Rolling!
What king of SXR rider are you?
I don’t own a car anymore so I ride for nearly everything. Having grown up in WA, hills and I are not friends... until I get to the top and “it’s all downhill from here”. I’m fairly chilled and like to cruise at a decent speed but not so fast I can’t take in everything around me. And it’s always a good thing to have an ice cream shop or diner waiting at the end.
What does cycling mean to you?
Not only is it transport but for me, it’s also a form of meditation. It’s pretty much the only time nothing else matters except the road ahead and the view around me. And now with SXR it’s also a great social activity with such a great, diverse crew of riders to share stories and experiences with.
I’ve also worked as a bicycle mechanic so I like fixing them and helping others to learn how to maintain and fix their bikes.
If bicycles didn’t exist, you would…?
Probably own more guitars, and definitely be a lot more stressed.
Your favourite ride in Sydney?
From my house in Marrickville along the Cooks River path to the airport so I can stand underneath the planes as they land overhead.
Cycling + Planes = Perfection.
Favourite place in the world to cycle?
I haven’t cycled much outside of Australia yet so my answer is a fairly obvious Amsterdam. I knew it would be the best way to get around, but I didn’t expect it to be so enjoyable.
Paul has been riding with SXR since the beginning. We love his chilled out vibe and his good music. Unfortunately he recently had a bike accident while riding in San Francisco and hasn't been able to join any SXR ride for the last month. So we figured we'll ask him a few questions while he's recovering, so he can keep inspiring us all.
Joel's been there since the beginning. Not sure how he found us but we love him. We love him because he never complains about the hills and always makes us eat his dirt. Then sits behind us for the rest of the ride using us a wind breaker.