Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Dear discerning readers,in an effort to simplify my screen life I am consolidating my blog,store,facebook link etc all into the one semi professional looking package. Here is my biz card.........

 ..........and here is the link.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

pop up parking

I'm loving these pop up parking spaces starting to appear all over the city of Port Philip.This one is located in front of cafe Imbiss in Blessington street. 1 car = 8 bikes = a lot of common sense.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Age shall not weary thee?

I'm beginning to suspect,that in my case, this ode to the world war one soldier might not actually be true. Sooner or later,all of my bikes end up looking like this.Upright,stately,comfortable, and most of all,pain free. Drop bars have sadly become a thing of the past.This is how I ride.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

art tram series~6 down 2 to go

I spotted this art tram in Swanston street last week.It's by Freya Pitt and is one of my favourites.I'll let her describe her work.

"A loose, personal mapping of Melbourne, Going Somewhere combines sketches drawn while on trams with streetscapes from around the city. The time in between things - on the way to somewhere and from something - has become an important space in my life where I can just think and sketch.

Sitting on a tram, with streetscapes rumbling past and a constant flux as people get on and off, one glimpses a multitude of narratives being lived around you. In Going Somewhere I set out to explore the sense of possibilities and unknown eventualities held within this communal space" - Freya Pitt

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No 16 cycle caps!

No 16 Cycle caps
hand made in StKilda


I spotted this amazing juggler on the way home from work last week.He was in the middle of Brighton road performing 3 minutes of magic during the red phase.4 balls~front side~back side~ with one on the nose as a grand finale.I hope he earned a heap of money.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

hey ho,let's sew

Confession: I'm the son of a home eco teacher. We always had a sewing machine lying around the house and my mum taught me the basics at a pretty early age. Spooling and threading the bobbin, the meaning of 'bias binding', feeding the fabric etc
When it came to machines, there was only one to be had in our household. A Bernina 707. This lasted about 40 years before finally giving up the ghost. Long before that happened, mum had graduated to a Bernina 1000 which is the machine I am  currently using. It's still a fairly basic machine by today's standards but an adjustable straight stitch and zig zag is all I will ever need.
I find sewing extremely relaxing, and also a little challenging. Similar to engineering perhaps? Creating a pattern, calculating material requirements, construction technique, not to mention sequencing and waste reduction. So this is my current obsession . Designing and sewing the perfect cycle cap for the rider who doesn't want to look like Cadel Evans. 'No 16' cycle caps, perfect for the mid life crisis.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Big v Little(and the power of the web)

The bandwagon came, some of us got on,egos were stroked, and then we all got off. (and I bought this lovely T shirt from Cafe Roubaix).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the new Coke~uh oh

Whenever I approach a cafe with Coke branding, the warning lights start to flash and I keep on walking, eyes fixed firmly ahead.Something is happening here,and I don't know what it is.(do I,Mr Jones?, to quote Bob Dylan) My local bike shop has become a Giant franchise and I can't help feel that something has been lost. I used to enjoy looking at the Bromptons,Electras and Scwinns. Now,I feel like I'm being cornered. On a more sinister note, Spoke(n) has become a dreaded Specialized franchise, and we all know about that particular brand and it's stand-over tactics.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Nerd corner-DIY hats!

There's only so many used French bikes a bloke can recycle. With my limit reached,I've become obsessed by creating the perfect hat for the 2/3 life crisis urban hipster.
 pink dots~one side
 pink dots~the other side
'that gown is simply stunning!'

Coming soon to the pages of Slow Schlepper.Handy hints to sew your own cycle cap. (if I can do it,you can too!)