Well, I’m relocating from Sydney to Melbourne come the start of July and I’ve got a sweet new frame waiting for me which I’m keen to get on the road. Can any of you Melbourne folk recommend to me some good rides or meet-ups?
I also need to be pointed in the direction of a good bike shop, good coffee and some work if anyone knows of anything!
pretty sure there’s a thread about the best cafes in melbourne somewhere on FOA.
here’s my 2c.
north of river:
bike shop - ponybikes - capel st west melbourne. commuter cycles - prentice st, brunswick
cafe - seven seeds/wide open road/padre/small block/milkwood… mate, there’s fucking heaps
shifter bikes is the only one i know of to be honest!!
cafe - Salford Lads Club - corner bridge and fennel sts, port melbourne. Dead Man Espresso (coffee only, food’s way overpriced/small - SORRY GENE!!!) it’s on market st, sth melbourne. or St Ali, dunno where it is, off clarendon st somewhere.
Cheers fellas. As for what I do; for the last 3.5 years I’ve been working as a design assistant/model maker/mould maker for a company called Dinosaur Designs. So I have a lot of experience with plasticine, silicones and prototyping. I’ve also done a bit of illustration and printmaking in the past.
But to be honest, I’m keen for any kind of work when I get down. Part of my reason for moving is for a change of scenery
Agreed on the abundance of nice coffee stops, too many to mention, once you’ve found a place you’ll be living then you can ask where around your area. Wed night ride is a good place to start, 6:30 meet at fed square. And also Saint Cloud Has some quality bits and pieces on offer. Do you know where you’ll be living?
cafes and bike shops have already been covered.
wednesday nite for the regular fixed ride.
check the ‘occasional weekend rides’ thread in the Melb section, that’s more for geared rides these days (if you’re into that sort of thing…)
jobwise, i dunno much about industrial/product design. all the designers on FOA are graphic designers or architects. i’m sure your experience at a well known company will serve you well though.