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.