Annie

Tell us about yourself in a few words.
Happy-go-lucky, chonky-tyred bike enthusiast who likes spending time out bush, drawing, rocky gullies, red gums and building community.

Where did you grow up?
Peramangk country, Barossa Valley

What do you do at Commuter?
I’m front of house on a Monday and specialise in arts and crafts with Finn. I’m also known to zhuzh the space and hover around the workshop on Friday.

What did you do for work before Commuter Cycles?
I worked as a cellarhand, on organic farms in NZ and was an outdoor leader at an off-grid outdoor education centre in the foothills of the high country (which is what originally brought me to Victoria) and an environmental educator at CERES.

What got you into riding?
The pandemic ~ when things opened up a little at the start of 2021 a friend and I were deciding between a week long canoe trip or bike trip ~ needless to say we chose the bike trip! But a couple of bike kooks from “Coffee Outside Naarm” are the people I really need to thank for fuelling my enthusiasm for riding.

What was the first bike you bought with your own money?
My gateway bike, 2021 Surly Midnight Special

Tell us a little about your current bikes?
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve gone hard and fast with bikes and quickly fell into the n + 1 trap. I have my beloved Surly Midnight Special which I have maxxed out with chonky tyres and slackened with an angled headset. It was briefly my everything bike and was the catalyst for my love of bikes. I have a Surly 1×1 rat bike that I get around town on and a 2022 Kona Unit that I use as my off-road, desert tourer or hardtail depending on what fork I’ve swapped in.

Favourite riding and non-riding food?
Riding: hot chips, fresh fruit, and dried banana Not riding: peanut butter and tomato on toast

Best day on a bike?
Starting my day watching clouds beneath the Cross-cut saw, before riding to Kelly Lane for a cold, clear mountain water swim, and then smiling my face off as I completed a descent I’ve been thinking of for the past two years. Needless to say it didn’t disappoint, followed by an azure kingfisher sighting.

Favourite route/riding accessible to Melbourne?
I love catching the V-Line to Little River and going MTBing at the You Yangs.

What do you do when you’re not at Commuter (other than ride bikes!)?
I study Occupational Therapy, enjoy spending time with friends, reading, drawing and I spend a lot of time out bush. I’m known to gravitate towards bodies of water and big eucalypts.

What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
During the pandemic my friends recorded themselves reading and created their own version of an audio book for my thirtieth birthday present (with consent from the author). I can now listen to it on long bike trips and feel as though my friends are with me.

Ask me about
Desert touring, bush mechanics, embracing your inner hoon and getting marginalised genders outdoors.

What is your favourite type of cheeese?
Meredith goat’s cheese

You’re in control of the music in the workshop. What do you put on?
I co-host the “Manless Monday” show, feat. womxn, gnc and trans artists, with Reuben

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Commuter Cycles acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Brunswick, and pays respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as to all First Nations’ communities in Australia.