Mike

Tell us about yourself in a few words.
I’m one of many Kiwis in Melbourne. Been here more than 10 years. I like riding bikes, camping and cooking. Doing all three is the best.

Where did you grow up?
Ōtautahi (Christchurch), New Zealand

What do you do at Commuter?
Workshop Manager. I coordinate a great team of mechanics to make sure all the bikes get built and serviced plus do a little mechanicing myself.

What did you do for work before Commuter Cycles?
My past jobs include baker, cook, biology field worker and research assistant but before Commuter I worked for many years at Good Cycles in Melbourne.

What got you into riding?
My dad, riding the forests and hills around home.

What was the first bike you bought with your own money?
A black and fluro yellow Marin 26″ MTB, canti brakes, quill stem and thumb shifters.

Tell us a little about your current bikes?
Rawland Drakker (originally imported by Commuter!) that’s been thru many builds, kms and repaints. Cotic Solaris 29er MTB. Norco Optic Dually, Salsa Warbird Gravel Bike. Santa Cruz Chameleon MTB. and recently aquired Salsa Casseroll.

Favourite riding and non-riding food?
Riding food: salad rolls. Off the bike:rice noodle stir frys

Best day on a bike?
Probably riding up and over Mount Norikura (highest road in Japan). Having Soba at the top and camping at a Shrine with monkeys at the bottom.

Favourite route/riding accessible to Melbourne?
Mount St Leonard, climb from the Kinglake side and descend into Healesville (or keep going to Marysville) but also the Cascade Trail from the top of Lake Mountain to Marysville.

What do you do when you’re not at Commuter (other than ride bikes!)?
By time: sleeping. By enjoyment: hanging out wth my partner and friends

What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?
Probably various hitch hiking trips in NZ when I was much younger. People picking me up and taking me our of their way and generally just helping out a random person.

Ask me about
Bikepacking and touring in Aotearoa.

What is your favourite type of cheeese?
Stilton

You’re in control of the music in the workshop. What do you put on?
Burning Spear

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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.