Mikey Moore, 30 something Westside personality, has been pushing pedals for just over half a decade. What he’s done for the greater good of Melbourne cycling in that time is nothing short of remarkable, though he doesn’t like to highlight it.
Riding for Mikey has always been about the journey more than the destination.
“Riding just takes me away, man. It stems back to my time surfing as well, it’s a destination sport. Get up in the morning, you’d head out, find the spot with your boys, and just get carried away. Cycling is no different.”
Mikey recently exited the corporate world in favour of pursuing his passion, barbering. He’ll happily tell you he feels like he retired two years ago, his life now a juggle only between riding, enjoying his day at the barbershop (the renowned Uncle Rocco’s no less), and spending time with his two young children. In his words, he has “clocked the game of life”. I’ve spent a lot of time in his barbering chair, and the conversation shifts effortlessly from riding to style to food and wine.
To spend half an hour with Mikey is to find a quietly spoken, but fiercely focused individual, strong in his beliefs but accepting of other perspectives. On the bike, don’t think you can get him to sit-up and shoot the breeze. “I make my time count, for real. If I get three rides in a week, I make one strong, one long, and another strong!”
As someone that has had a big behind-the-scenes hand in shaping Melbourne’s cycling culture, what does the man think of the local scene? “The Melbourne cycling culture – it’s rad! To be in it at the grass roots is incredible. It’s so vibrant and all encompassing. I’d say we’re a friendly lot, no doubt.”
As for style “just do whatever feels right for you. Look good, feel good, ride good…So whatever that looks like for you, just own it and have fun.”