Cheeky Transport Bikes – Please visit our new site at www.cheekytransport.com.au

July 21, 2007

I’ve heard some stuff this week that brought a tear to my eye

Filed under: rants — schmadzie @ 6:10 pm

“It’s a real honour to have you in our club”

“I’ve got a crush on your shop”

and even cooler stuff than that!

Damn , it’s good to be home.

Love you

Adam

March 28, 2007

inspiration

Filed under: rants, womens — schmadzie @ 11:03 pm

Courtesy of Cranked mag (paper version)

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

and check out this fantastic article on bikes and womens lib at

February 27, 2007

you are forcing change just by your presence

Filed under: advocacy, rants — schmadzie @ 9:07 am

If at times you feel powerless as an individual to do anything about some the enormous problems that plague us today – global climate change, energy resource wars, an environment that is degraded and made dangerous by too many motor vehicles – well, you don’t have to feel powerless. All you have to do is get on your bike and run an errand, visit a friend, or go to work. By riding your bike in New York City, you’re actively doing something to solve these seemingly intractable problems. Best of all — on your bike, you’re not complaining or protesting or theorizing — you’re being the solution.

View the rest of aaron naparsteks post here

via the very excellent Martino’s bike lane diary

October 10, 2006

progress is good

Filed under: Events, people, rants — schmadzie @ 11:14 pm

 Things are good in Newtown. We got a couple of fancy additions like a display cabinet and a lounge and a coffee table, and have been accused of looking too fancy. Don’t worry, we are working on bringing the tone down

 Mum and Sheryn and Dad and jan test out the new lounge. They were all having a lot more fun than the photo shows. The photos on the wall behind the lounga are one of my favourite things about the new shop. Lots of people with their bikes.

 This is Chris, musician and our first bike buyer in our new location. Chris is looking off into the bright new bicycling future.

 Anne and her beautiful new Electra Townie

 We had a bit of a scare when Dave was found unconscious on the road around the corner. A good samaritan dropped him off to the hospital, and fortunately he survived with a bit of lost skin and a knock to the head. Thanks to the Rabbi and the good people at RPA.

 Congratulations to CMWC organiser Kate and Stevo for being preggers

Steamroller with Nitto North road bars. MMMMM

October 4, 2006

no pictures

Filed under: Events, General Stuff, rants — davos @ 10:18 pm

we have been so busy moving the shop and the workshop in newtown is already busy so i haven’t had an opportunity to blog for some time.

ride to work day was pretty cool, we set a christiania(www.christianiabikes.com) trike up down on wilson street at the bottom of hollis park and gave away drink bottles and muffins, apples, oranges and some mad vegan cookies paula and i made on tuesday night. apparently there were 500 people in martin place which is pretty cool.

phil gomes of spinopsys(a very popular blog) fame gave us a heads up that the daily telegraph had done a piece on cyclists, i read it a few minutes ago. I have never really trusted the telegraph, they just seem to love the beat up. “cyclist hating motorists” was one description that stood out, what the?

it is so cool to see so many cyclists using wilson street. there seems to be more people commuting by bike now, i don’t know if i am just imagining it or the numbers are increasing either way i like feeling as though there are more people cruising round on bikes.

another cool event was the city of sydney bike expo. we got to show off our cool bikes, internal hub orbea’s, dahon’s and surly’s, nice upright flat bar roadie with a basket. there were tonnes of people in martin place on their lunch hour or just passing through. adam and i didn’t stop talking for about three hours about suitable bikes for commuting and cool touring options. tiring but pretty cool to see so many people interested.

moving to newtown has been pretty fraught, it was sad to leave pitt street, also sad to leave the couriers who have been so loyal. there is something about bicycle couriers that demands, requires, inspires respect, they don’t just ride to work, they ride around all day for their work and then ride home. if that is not a sweet example of bicycle transportation/use i am not sure what is. check out http://www.sydbma.org for details about the messenger world champs in a couple of weeks or we have flyers at the shop.

the local folks who have checked out the new shop have been extraordinary. we have been welcomed to the area, wished well in our location, it really has been very cool that people are so happy cheeky is in newtown.

the shop is slowly coming together, i think we may have underestimated the luxury of high ceilings because we now have to store all the bikes and keep it tidy, that is a work in progress. it is so cool to have an open, spacious workshop. john’s wooden, solid works designed workbenches are pretty cool and the couch for people to chill on and read or just hang out, makes me smile simply thinking about it.

good luck to all those riding the 24 hour on the weekend!

night all. thanks for reading

August 31, 2006

speed bump

Filed under: General Stuff, rants — davos @ 10:09 am

i had a funny encounter this morning, the road is being resurfaced out the front of our place. sol and i were having breakfast at the window looking out at the preparations for hte work.

one guy was spraying some marks on the ground. i yelled out whether they were putting some speed bumps in and he said that is the first question everyone asks him wherever he goes.

makes sense to me, slow dem tanks down

August 29, 2006

good times, good times

Filed under: New products, people, rants — schmadzie @ 11:28 pm

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I have been a busy boy lately. It’s only with taking my first full weekend off (including computer research at home) in a while, that I have had time to think about it.

We won’t be moving on the 1st as expected (by State Rail). We are waiting for our security Rollerdoor to be installed before we move our extremely valuable stock. It’s been kind of nice just getting on top of the workshop stuff though.

We haven’t taken on any new bookings for the last 2 weeks and it has been really hard telling people no, but we are ploughing through it all, with a fair few really nice Surly builds including a nexus 8 speed Pugsley, a couple o Long Haul Truckers, a few high end Birdys, assorted Dahons and a lovely Crosscheck (Richard, the now proud owner took off on a testride, which is normally just a round the block thing, and went up to Centennial park flying around on the grass and trails). The main purpose for Richards Crosscheck, though, is to take his daughters touring. How cool is that? It is really satisfying for us to set up people with good quality bikes that will be used with such passion. We love it. Love it.

And, although I am well and truly sick of explaining when and where we are moving, it nearly brings a tear to my eye when people like Mark, and Shifty, and Stevo and Matt and Kristy and Emma and Moz and heaps of other people have asked to actually help us move.

Joe from SydBMA organised a sendoff Alleycat for Cheeky last Friday night, the highlights for participants included eating a banana, acting like a monkey in Pitt St mall, and visiting the new site of CheekyTransport in Newtown. Stevo was meant to bemanning the checkpoint there, but ran into Critical Mass, and they all decided to go to Georgina St and see our new location. I felt a bit guilty not being there, but I was manning the checkpoint in the city

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Had a few beers at the Clare, slept in and missed the Loadcarrying massbug ride. Sorry Gilbert. I rested up because then it was off to Paddy and Jo’s party. Pommy theme. I’ll put some photos up soon. Pretty funny. A lot of “is that that guy/girl’s normal hair/outfit?” cimg0548.JPG

And then I slept in again and had vegan Yum Cha at sydney Pitt St vegetarian. I actually really love it now. And I dig Paula and Dave’s kid Sol. Took him to the Domain moving walkway. Very funny watching him running back against the flow.

Peter from psbikes/Christiania dropped us off a Beautiful Christiania trike with a wagoncover. I can’t wait to set that up. Should be available from $2700 in the lite model with disc brakes and 8 speed hub. 

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 And on Sunday I took my cross bike out for a burl over the bridge, round the water past Luna Park, to Balls Head, Berry island trying to find those engravings again. Still no luck, but I keep going, eventually past this gawdawful development of the old north Sydney gasworks into units. But then there was a little walking trail heading west, and I followed it carrying my bike. Bloody lovely secret little gully with sandstone cliffs and rainforest and a babbling brook. Amazing wilderness so close to the city.

Today, I had a look at our new Cheeky Transport logo, made up by Michelle french, formally of Australian Cyclist design fame. It’s a bit of old and a bit of new, and I think you’ll like it. Then I had a bit of a spin around the inner west. I am really looking forward to Newtown.

Dave and John have been really good lately, just getting shit done, and with such enthusiasm! It is pretty cool having a couple of extra bodies around, even if they just take the piss out of each other all day. Poor Nick is going to fit in OK though. I wish they would pull their pants up, or tuck their shirts in. Have they no shame?

John is starting a youth oriented bicycle drinking ride friday 15th Sept – Velo Social. The aim is to getbunch of young hot bike riders out for a fun night together. I think at 35, I can still go on Contiki tours, so I should be able to go to VeloSocial. Don’t know about next year.

I’ll put a post up when we are actually moving, but it should be within the next 2 weeks.

August 27, 2006

We’re moving to Newtown !

Filed under: Events, General Stuff, New products, people, rants — schmadzie @ 11:39 am

OK the cat’s out of the bag! Cheeky Transport is moving to Newtown and pretty bloody soon. Our new address is 3a Georgina Street Newtown and we are excited!

At the start of September we will be operating from a new salubrious location between the Solarium and the Synagogue in Georgina Street (just off king St near Goulds book store)(100m city side of the Marlbrough (Missendon Rd))

Click here for directions from our city store to our new location 

We are getting kicked out of the dungeon and we have a much bigger location. Somewhere to put a Christiania trike!

BUt anyway, Dave and John and Nick and I have been doing some thinking  and we are really keen to have some input from all youse out there in bike land .

So, the questions we are thinking about are

What customers or groups of customers do we want to serve? What products or services do we want to provide?What needs do we want to satisfy?How will our products differ from competitive items?What extra value or benefits will customers get from us over the competition?How fast do you think these things will change?I wish there was another better word than “customers”. Cheezy as it sounds, we think more along the lines of friends, colleagues, um…people ….i dunno ?Please let us know what kind of Cheeky Transport you would like to see.

August 15, 2006

how bout that weather eh?

Filed under: rants — schmadzie @ 5:12 pm

Whilst chucking a sicky at home I witnessed (on BOM and In Real Life) an awesome hailstorm. Must have gone for 15-20 minutes here in the city. I saw 6 people riding thru it! Little did they know, it would completely stop raining 10 minutes after the deluge.

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and poor Shiftys’ first day on his brand new* Fixie

August 9, 2006

killin me

Filed under: General Stuff, New products, rants — schmadzie @ 11:22 am

p1010369.JPGso i have taken to wearing a respro mask on my commute. even in centennial park there are some people who infuriate me by driving the dogs to the park for a walk or driving the 4wd for a jog or a ride even though they live around the corner.

now i can’t ride without my mask because the air is so disgusting, the militant look kind of appeals to me on one level but i feel as though i am alienating myself from my fellow citizen just because i don’t want breath disgusting fumes. good masks though, i am using a city and the techno is meant to have an even better filter so might upgrade when this filter runs out

on other exciting news, jackie chan rules, project a was the film with a the bicycle chase seen the other week. but i have been missing the jim jarmusch retrospective, that might be a bit too much tv anyway.

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