Posted in in Uncategorized on December 23rd, 2011 by nicholasb | No Comments

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We’re done for 2011. We’ll be back open on January 10 2012 at 10am. Thank you so much for your support and patronage through this year. All we want is for you to be happy riding your bike.

Alex came by with his banjo this evening. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

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It’s holiday time!!!!

Posted in in Uncategorized on December 7th, 2011 by schmadzie | No Comments

We are now booked up prexmas as far as repairs go. Gotta build up all those xmas presents! So, sorry, we can’t do any more services until we return from our break.

Our last trading day is Friday December 23 6:30pm.

CLOSED Saturday December 24 for 2 weeks and we will




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Cheeky Xmas party

Posted in in Uncategorized on November 12th, 2011 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

Hello everyone.

This year we are highjacking /attending the awesome Cargobike picnic being organised by Bike Sydney and the Watershed.  From the BikeSydney website there is heaps of cool stuff happening.

BIKESydney, The Watershed and City of Sydney have teamed up to roll out Sydney’s first Cargo Bike Picnic on Sun  Dec 4. A family friendly ride from Centennial Park will deliver you to Sydney Park. Or just rock on down to the park and join us for a day loaded with fun!
Try out cargo bikes + trailers
Talk to Sydney cargo bike users
Free bike maps + ride guides
Music by Dj Ollo, games + prizes
11am-3pm, CARES Centre, Sydney Park
BYO picnic, rugs and rug rats
Meet at 11 am at Centennial Park,  (Robertson Rd entrance)
Finish at Sydney Park for the picnic
A back-street, bike-lane ride- individual riders must be 12 years and over
Cargo bike carriage available for blankets + food

BIKESydney, The Watershed and City of Sydney have teamed up to roll out Sydney’s first Cargo Bike Picnic on Sun  Dec 4. A family friendly ride from Centennial Park will deliver you to Sydney Park. Or just rock on down to the park and join us for a day loaded with fun!Try out cargo bikes + trailersTalk to Sydney cargo bike usersFree bike maps + ride guidesMusic by Dj Ollo, games + prizes11am-3pm, CARES Centre, Sydney ParkBYO picnic, rugs and rug ratsMeet at 11 am at Centennial Park,  (Robertson Rd entrance)Finish at Sydney Park for the picnicA back-street, bike-lane ride- individual riders must be 12 years and overCargo bike carriage available for blankets + food

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New Books and Magazines – Brompton, BQ and Rouleur

Posted in in Reading Material on November 10th, 2011 by nicholasb | Comments Off on New Books and Magazines – Brompton, BQ and Rouleur

We’ve got a few new neat pieces of reading material in.

The Brompton Bicycle by David Henshaw – Updated 2nd edition. The fascinating story behind our favourite folding bikes. The second edition contains an extra 32 pages, with a whole new chapter on where Brompton may be heading in the future plus new coverage of early folding bikes in the U.S., more detail on military use of folding bikes and, of course, the low-down on new products and company developments. $40

Bicycle Quarterly Vol 10. No.1 – High-wheeler racing in New Zealand today, Test of the Calfee “Adventure” – a carbon fiber bicycle for the real world., Braking: We test how it’s done best, and compare a few interesting brakes (Sram Force, Eebrake, Velo-Orange Gran Cru), A daytrip across the Yorkshire Dales immerses you into the landscape, culture and history of this beautiful region, Jan Heine’s ultimate custom bicycle. How he designed it, and how it was built. $15

Rouleur Issue 26 – with a comprehensive interview with UCI President Pat Mcquaid, Trek Leopard, Pro Racing in China, a visit to Hutchinson and the Vuelta $25

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Nic and Emma’s Truckers in Morocco

Posted in in Touring on November 4th, 2011 by nicholasb | No Comments

We built up a handsome pair of Surly Long Haul Truckers for Nic and Emma earlier in the year, and they sent us some photos from on the road in Morocco. Follow their ongoing adventures at

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Lee’s Gorgeous Fuji Touring Townie Dad-Bike

Posted in in Uncategorized on October 28th, 2011 by nicholasb | 1 Comment


Lee came to us with a nice old 27″ roadster with some great, comfortable bars and shifters, but a flogged out drive-train and a bent down-tube. The brief was to recapture the spirit of the old bike, and give Lee a solid, comfy commuter that was also a  ‘Dad-bike’ for daycare drop-offs and playgroup runs.

The 2011 Fuji Touring worked out great. We transferred the whole bar, stem and controls, including the gorgeous old Dia Compe Brake-levers and classic Suntour Power-Ratchet shifters straight across from the old bike, and added a Brooks Flyer, some VO Aluminium guards and Bobike Mini and built one of my most favourite of our recent new bikes.

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Bicycle Maintenance Courses are back

Posted in in General Stuff, News, Workshop on October 5th, 2011 by schmadzie | No Comments

We’ll be calling all of you who have registered interest in the various courses we run. Next Tuesday 11th of October we will have the basic maintenance course: wheel removal, flat repair and basic safety check. This course is $60 per person prepaid.

It's not always just dudes but these guys were a good bunch learning about hub bearing overhaul

The 18th of October we’ll run the brakes course, the following will be gears. If there is enough interest I’d be happy to run wheel truing and/or bearing adjustment but it seems gears and brakes are the most popular so we might just cycle through those for the people that are interested.

If you would like to organise a group of friends or a one-on-one course tailored to your specific requirements we can organise this also.

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October Long Weekend Spiel

Posted in in General Stuff, People, Rants on September 26th, 2011 by schmadzie | 3 Comments

The last few months have been pretty busy and exciting at Cheeky Transport. A while back Nick and I had our own little separate existential moments, totally fine now though. Adam and Jennifer welcomed Billie into the world and are now frolicking in the joy of finally having her home. And what might have been a quieter time of year saw the popularity of Bromptons and Breezer bikes swell whilst repairs remained steady.

In the last few months I was frequently working to the wee hours trying to get frames done for bobo and in the process realised whilst the ecstatic joy of being in a workshop building a frame or doing a repair for someone was immense I probably should be spending time helping to raise my family. Finding a balance between the missus, the kids, a full time job and part time frame-building I think will be my lifelong challenge.

I have always felt a tension when I”m building frames between needing my head to be buried in framebuilding, creating solutions to welding or machining issues and servicing bobo’s customers and trying to give a much as I can to Cheeky which has allowed me the opportunity to build frames in the first place.

I love greeting customers, giving no nonsense advice to beginners as well as experienced cyclists and not necessarily forcing a sale, I think people appreciate it. We do have an incredible range of cool stuff though, Stein hypercrackers, skirt garters, Hebie chaingliders, Klean Kanteen, King Cage.

What has been particularly interesting as I spend more time back out the front of the shop is meeting cyclists we haven’t see before who I can only guess are returning or coming anew to cycling in Sydney. Whilst we love our solid core of customers the increase in people deciding they are prepared to give cycling a go and come looking for a bike or accessories to equip their new bike is substantial and a fairly recent phenomenon for us. Quite a few of our new customers experience the City of Sydney Cycling Confidence courses either by our recommendation or after they do the course and need to find a bicycle shop to help them. These cyclists speak glowingly of the course.

Repairing bicycles is a whole lot of fun (although I did get screwed by three consecutive mystery punctures by an unnamed brand of tube today, changed the brand of tube I was using, fixed the problem) and the beginning of Spring has seen many neglected bicycles dusted off and wheeled in to be freshened up and made a pleasure to ride again.

Social media in business looks like its set to be a constant wave of ways to remind customers about cool things to purchase or events coming up. I’m unsure about this whole virtual community thing, what do you actually belong to? A collection of people in front of their screens appreciating similar stuff…..Ecstasy of information overload I think. Speaking of which a customer once gave us a fantastic print of an iZombie, worth looking up to your left as you are walking into the shop to catch it.

Nick has grown into his role as head communicator, facilitating Brompton enquiries with true passion for and expertise of the product is a sight to behold and holding the business together the way he does I think he performs very well. He’ll probably edit my post because he’ll feel a little embarrassed about how I write, it certainly could do with a picture or two.

You might hear Classic FM in the shop a bit more. FBI and 2SER do a sterling job most of the time but we find Classic FM very relaxing and calming to our mood and keeps us in good spirits for our customers.

Well, this has taken me about two hours to write, I tried unsuccesfully to have a picture of a Breezer Villager and a raw lacquer Brompton in it but maybe Nick can work his magic.

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Moving Feast

Posted in in Uncategorized on September 20th, 2011 by schmadzie | No Comments

From the team that brought you Keep It Wheel last October comes ‘The Moving Feast’ – a celebration Sydney’s cycling and foodie culture!

On Saturday 24th September from 9am, we’ll be cycling to 3 of Sydney’s foodie hotspots; and farmer’s markets along the way.

An East Side ride from King’s Cross markets to Taylor Square markets.

The West Side ride has been cancelled due to low number but we’ll now be including Eveleigh markets as a stop on the one ride!

At the end we’ll meet up in Prince Alfred Park for a huge picnic party to enjoy music and the food we’ve collected along the way.

Click here for full details of the routes as well as an itinerary for the day.

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Cool New Stuff #2 – PDW Takeout Basket.

Posted in in Uncategorized on August 17th, 2011 by nicholasb | 1 Comment


We’d proudly call ourselves basket connoisseurs and enthusiasts, so we’re impressed with the new PDW Takeout basket. Neat, sturdy, clamp-on design with a built in U-Lock holster. Perfectly sized for a six-pack and supplied with an insulated carrier/cooler bag. $90. Awesome!

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