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.
Heard of the Newcastle Overnight (website)? Neither had a lot of people until one the SNR girls mentioned it a few months back.
I hear you whining "but isn't it busy on the motorway to Newcastle"? Yes it is, but the route is along the old Pacific highway in the quiet smooth roads through some stunning National Parks with some epic climbs and decents.
Why do you do it overnight? Cause we all know that's the best time to ride without fear of being run over. Plus no risk of sunburns.
The adventure begins as 9 pm on observatory hill. Actually it begins early when everyone starts carbing and caffeine loading pre ride. Sign in and get safety checked by volunteers. Over the harbour bridge the biggest bottleneck of the ride.
Pacific Highway in Sydney isn't the best, but we were still able to take up a lane most of the way without being mulled over. But in a bunch and with one of the girls decked out in Cylotron lights we rocked the highway.
1am, 55kms in and we hit the first tea stop after epic hill. The volunteer group have laid out the fruit, biscuits, tim tams, shapes, tea, coffee (even with soy milk). The sugar high you need to get you through the
85 km mark up a hill we hear Marc screaming, "Woah oh, we're half way there" and everyone starts singing along. Yes half way there and it's 2 am.
100 kms, cramping up. the Entrance has some nice port-o-loos, orange break.
4 am, 112 kms, second tea stop. Legs are cramping hard. Again the volunteer group have set up an epic biscuit and cake station. I couldn't stop anymore sugar so stuck with my apple.
5 am, start to hear the birds waking up and singing. Hating the wind.
6.30 am, hitting Fernleigh rail trail, loving the trees and birds, still hating the wind .Now hating the ever so subtle incline.
7:30 am, Newcastle Ocean bath swim! Hot chips (regrettable) for breakfast.
Massive thanks to the organisers and volunteers, Omafiets, Yvonne, the tea stop volunteers.
See you all next year.
Start: Observatory Hill, Sydney Australia
End: Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW Australia
Distance: 170 kms
Difficulty: F**ING HARD but worth it
Roads: Smooth on road
Riding time average: 9 hours
Route: Garmin link, Pacific Highway, Old pacific highway, Central Coast Cycleway
This week we choose the inner west to light up the night. Through Sydney University down to Lilyfield and into the bay. That bay doesn't look like it's big but it's big.
On the ride we had Lee who managed to fall asleep in his baby seat as mum rode along, no complaints there. Random brompton couple hitched onto the ride and came out for a drink. Made friends at the pub with a cargo messenger guy and delved a bit into the life of a Sydney Messie.
Start: Pride of Redfern
End: Royal Hotel, Darlington. Bit of a uni vibe. Loads of space.
Difficulty: Easy with hills
Time: 2 hours
For our second portrait, we welcome one amazing lady, Yvonne. You might have already seen her happily riding in the streets of Sydney, with her dot socks, killer sunglasses and stereo. If you haven't had the chance to meet her yet, we seriously think it's time for you to come to one of our Sydney Night Rides and talk bicycles or cats or life with Yvonne (@chickenlv on Instagram).
50 people rocked up for the SNR ride last night. Not sure if it was the weather, the opportunity to rap squat , the street art tour or the post ride schenanegans but we managed to get them all there.
From Redfern up to Sydney Park and around the alleyways of Marrickville for some street art stalking.
We don't care what you ride or what your post ride fix is. Just roll!~
Facebook event: link
Strava details: link
Strava flyby: link
Finally a tuesday night without a cloud in the sky! The night's heating up and so are the SNR crew. Another leisurely stroll to the beach. Pretty flat and cruisey!
So many new faces. So many smiles. So many moments where we thought we lost people but we didn't. We all made it to the beach for a drink and back for more + ice cream.
Distance: 25 km
Strava: map details
Facebook: event details
Photos courtesy of Nay and Marie.
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.
7 bridges, 7 hills and some of the most stunning views of Sydney from the North side.
We'll call this ride the fist pump ride. The strava image says it all. You have to give yourself a bit of a fist pump after some of those nasty hills. SNR and hills have a love-hate relationship. Mostly we love them.
Distance: 51 kms
Time: 3 hours
Elevation: 1100 m
Highlights: Epic views from the North Side, Dance Party under the "No Unauthorised Amplified Music sign"
Water stops: At the ferry stops and parks
Road: Mostly on road, back streets and 2 epic roads, Burns bay and the
Strava: ride details
Facebook: event details
Through Barrangaroo and over the bridge to see Luna. All those pretty lights.
All those smiling faces. Then back again for post-ride refreshments at the Rose.
Check point #1 - Before the bridge
Check point #2 - Luna Park
Check point #3 - Rose hotel in Chippendale for a post ride drink - open to other suggestiongs
Length: 15km return
Route: details here
Strava: ride details here