Friday, 30 September 2011

Nic's Batman Bike

Inspired by his own love of all things 'Batman', Nicolas's Dad bought this 1972 Batman Bike for his sons own collection.  Picked up on EBay, it travelled back with Delly in a bike box to Australian shores. Born out DC Comics Inc, the bike is a prized vintage item, and a treasured heirloom in the family.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Jack - Road Testing

We crossed paths with Jack and his family at Queenscliff this afternoon making the most of a sunny afternoon, each burning off some 2.75 year old energy.  Jack is a scooter rider at he moment, and a cranking one at that.  He's yet to get his 2 wheeled licence, but took the chance to road test my sons Balance Bike.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Mikaela in Manly

Mikaela was a bit embarrassed that I asked for this portrait. She's was nice enough to say yes though.
She's had her Townie for 'ages'.

Found myself in Kristie's 'Neck of the Woods'

Kristie has just bought 'Neck of the Woods' in Manly. In fact the day that I spotted her bicycle out front on the footpath was her first day in the shop.  "What crazies" around here in Manly she must have thought when I popped in to ask her to be photographed with her bike out the front.  Not at all I don't think. Kristie is a local, bicycle aficionado, and nice person to boot. And turns out we have our kids in the same school.  Kristie has wanted a bike for sometime, and who better to source one for her than her bicycle mechanic and owner of 'The Fixed Wheel' husband Daniel.  Daniel bought Kristie's bike as a surprise for Christmas. Happy Riding!!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Valeria was running 10 minutes late for work this morning.  12 after she ran into me.

Amelias's Childhood Dream Bike - The Power of Belief, Intent, or something like that

Well that was unexpected. Or was it?

For some months now I have been building ideas around capturing the wonderful bicycle scene that is well and truly alive in Sydney and across the world.  I have noticed in my own suburb of Manly that a movement is growing towards commuting and transporting on bikes. My interest was first aroused in Kyoto last year where bicycling on the streets is very commonplace and accepted, even encouraged. My endeavour has been to start photographing people on/with their bicycles around the streets of Sydney and importantly the story and relationship that accompanies their 2 wheeled friend.

I drove into the CBD tonight to photograph a job that turned out to be the wrong night, by about 2 weeks. That happens! I'm well versed in accepting these situations, and not at all troubled by it, but rather thought, "well", and so it is.  With cameras on board, and time on my hands, my first thought was, well let's look out for some bicycles. 2 minutes later, maybe not quite after turning into William Street of College, before my eyes was Amelia on Fifi.  I couldn't quite believe my eyes, but simply had to ask if I could take Amelia's portrait with her bicycle.  She graciously accepted.

Fifi is the bike Amelia has wanted since she was a little girl.  Her step-through was hand made by John at Europa Cycles in Kensington

Amelia did her research to find just the right pink, (which she arrived at after an initial re-spray to get the right shade).Most of the parts were bought online at, with the help of a friend. The seat, grips and bell are Electra, the spokie dokies and streamers came from K-mart, the special lights from Tokyo Bike and Amelia's best friend made the basket liner.

Amelia would like to see more girls on pretty bikes.  With Amelia leading by this example, I think we'll see that.