Mike is the owner/operater of The Rapid Wrench Melbourne. He has been riding bicycles for two decades, and has a passion for his two-wheels that can be seen through the quality and finesse of his servicing.
Mike's industry involvement
Mike has been involved in the bike industry as his sole-work for the past 8 years. He has worked up from large franchise retailers such as Gold Cross Cycles, to the well known rider-owned bike shops such as Bikes Direct and Pro-Motion Cycles. Mike has also worked for key wholesale bicycling distributors such as BikeSportz Imports and Sheppard Cycles. This experience has given him a wide base of knowledge both from a technical, trade and services point of view, and also the hands-on. Mike has also had the opportunity to do the SRAM Technical University here in Melbourne, to further develop his advanced mechanics skills.
Riding the world
Mike has been riding bikes since he grew legs. His passion really ignited when he rode the Great Victorian Bike Ride in 2001. Mike has been racing in the Victorian State Downhill Series since 2007 and the Elevation Enduro Series since 2012. Other big events include the Scott 24 Hour in Canberra, 5 months of daily riding in Canada, including the Whistler Bike Park, and also a month of riding and racing in South New Zealand.
How business started
Within the first two years of serious riding, Mike had owned more than ten different styles of bikes. Mike quickly became so passionate that he entered the bike industry. GoldCross Cycles was Mikes training ground for 2 years in sales and mechanics. Once Mike's skills developed, he started receiving requests from friends and family for bicycle servicing at his home workshop. What started off as just a helpful hand became a real business incentive, as people were quite happy to pay Mike for his expertise. As word of mouth spread, it quickly became a job after hours. The number of return customers and referrals brought Mike a steady stream of work, which would later develop into his own business.
Mountain bike racing
Mike regularly takes part in enduro, xc, and downhill mountain bike racing. He also commutes and trains on a road bike, as well as having a regular dabble with his Echo trials bike. To top if off, Mike has a profound love of motorcycles, particularly supermoto racing. He has raced mountain bikes all over the alps of Victoria, in New Zealand, and in Canada BC. Racing is in Mikes blood, with competitive nature thrown into his social rides, team efforts, and solo trail blazing. Although sometimes the racing lifestyle can become way too serious at times, Mike is just as happy about simply being out in nature, socializing and spreading the good bikely love.
Mike riding a step down at Kamloops, British Columbia
Wayne is a passionate mechanic and rider (with or without a motor). Wayne started as a motor mechanic, giving him a great base of training and experience which transfers to bicycles. He worked as Head Technician at Sola Sport for 4 years, running the workshop for Fox Racing products, training mechanics from bike shops,supporting race events and looking after service/warranty work. While at Sola, Wayne was supporting council events and training children to get off training wheels on weekends with a company called BikeWise. Wayne worked at 99 Bikes for the first 18 months from moving to Melbourne as a mechanic/sales consultant.
Now, Wayne has been with Rapid Wrench since the beginning of 2016.
Wayne has always ridden bikes but it was when he became bicycle messenger that made bikes an obsession. As a Messenger it allowed him the legs to race road and XC. Wayne regularly rides road and all mountain/downhill. Hes also involved in Veteran Motorcycle and motor car rallies as mechanic and rider/driver.
Wayne and Mike doing a corporate service and mechanics at the Victorian Downhill series at the You Yangs,
and riding mountain bikes at Blue Derby in Tasmania.
John bikepacking around the USA
John will be servicing the inner suburbs of Melbourne, you’ll see him cruising around town to the next repair on a Bullitt cargo bike, loaded with everything needed to keep all types of bikes happy.
Starting with The Rapid Wrench in December 2019, John has been in and around the bike industry for over a decade. His interest in fixing bikes started by volunteering at a charity and learning the basics under an experienced instructor, which led to completion of a trade qualification in Bicycle Mechanics. John has since run a few different bicycle workshops around Melbourne, worked many years as an event mechanic on the Great Victorian Bike Ride and similar rides, and has taught consumer and social outreach bicycle mechanic courses.
When he’s not getting his hands dirty, John is probably off bikepacking around some obscure part of the world. His adventures have taken him across Europe and Asia, down the coast of North America, and many other smaller trips. Ask him about the time he met Joe Breeze while touring if you’ve got a bit of spare time!
Nello joined the Rapid Wrench crew early in 2019, working with Mike half the year before establishing his own mobile outings. For many years he's also been supplementing his day work with mechanic jobs at his home workshops in Kilmore and Footscray. He's a specialist in all things vintage, and loves doing pristine, high detail restorations. His only weakness is that he will make your bike 'too clean'! You might not recognize it.
His previous career includes a lot of carpentry work, particularly with sourcing reclaimed timber for its ethical use. He's also spent a long time in the beer and distillery/bar industry, and will happily talk your ear off all day about craft beers.
Nello's riding is mainly set on mountain biking, and he's currently riding his much beloved GT Force. He's a great addition to our team, and one of the nicest and warm characters you'll meet.
Nello working on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD, and riding the creek gap on Turbulence trail at the You Yangs
Kevin has been riding bikes for over 10 years, commuting, competing in triathlons and the occasional criterium. After spending over a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, he decided to go out of his comfort zone and work in a different industry with a more hands-on vocation.
He dove right in and operated a mobile bicycle workshop in a van for 2 years with another company. After the initial training, he was out on the road by himself servicing and repairing all sorts of bicycles. He started getting requests from previous customers who appreciated the more personal and friendly experience of dealing with a mechanic directly outside of the busy retail environment.
Kevin says, "I believe I have something to offer the industry as someone with a different perspective. My vision is to provide professional and convenient bicycle repair services to Melbourne's west side. I aim to be a mechanic with the Craftsman Mindset, a professional with a focus on the value I produce". His bike repair service is for people who value convenience and a long term relationship with the same professional. "I want my clients to stress less and ride more".
While Kevin operates his own bike service center, we welcome him on as part of the Rapid Wrench Team, right in the heat of the 'COVID-19 great bike rush'.
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