Kia B

Tell us about yourself in a few words.
I am the second Kia to work at Commuter. I like cycling in the backcountry.

Where did you grow up?
Boorloo (Perth).

What do you do at Commuter?
I am Front of House on Friday and Saturdays – webshop orders, assisting in test riding bikes, loading bikes with bags, going to Cheaper Buy Miles with $10.

What did you do for work before Commuter Cycles?
I have another part-time job at an insurance company.

What got you into riding?
During Covid-19, I finally pulled the trigger on buying a gravel bike (something I was contemplating for a long long time but I didn’t have the money). I knew of bikepacking from seeing people I knew doing it, and I wanted to give it a crack. As soon as we were released from our 5km radius, I loaded it up an rode around regional Victoria.

What was the first bike you bought with your own money?
Cannondale Topstone 2021.

Tell us a little about your current bikes?
I have a 2023 Salsa Cutthroat custom flat bar made at Commuter. It is my do it all bike. It is my rocket. I also have two cute commuting bikes: a 80s mountain bike Trail Breaker Shogun and vintage frame Repco.

Favourite riding and non-riding food?
Riding food: Oranges, orange juice, hashbrowns or hot chips, vegemite and cheese roll. Non-riding food:

Best day on a bike?
Mount Howitt (stayed at Vallejo Gantner Hut) – King Billy Track – Mount Lovick – Bluff Link Track – Bluffs Hutt – Bindaree Climb up to Mount Buller (long and gentle). Taungurung Country.

Favourite route/riding accessible to Melbourne?
I made my favourite Three Peaks route (King Lake – Mount St Leonard – Mount Donna Buang). A big day on the saddle, lots of climbing and fun.

What do you do when you’re not at Commuter (other than ride bikes!)?
Yarra Trails at ‘Who Run The World’ – it is a trail running group I lead for marginalised genders, or catching up with friends over dinner.

What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
When I first started bikepacking, the thread was stripped off my crank and my pedal fell off in a town called Tallarook. People overheard me and came up to me saying ‘Wazza Tallarooks bike mechanic’ will be here in 7 minutes. Wazza rocked up and put aluminum foil where the thread was and fixed it. He told me had fixed worst stripped thread with beer cans. He told me to continue on my bike ride (which I was doing solo). He put his number on a piece of paper and said if anything happened he would send someone from Tallarook to come pick me up. During this, a Tallarook man lent me a pedal wrench to make sure it kept tight and told me to drop it off at Tallarook General Store the next day. When I finished my bike ride, Wazza leant me his Helicoil tap so I could take it to a bike shop in Melbourne and not have to buy a whole new crank. I sent back the Helocoil tap to him in Tallarook through the post.

Ask me about
Packing an extra small bike, riding Victorian back country, going on a long bikepacking trip straight from work, encouraging marginalised genders to access outdoor spaces.

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 don’t.

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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.