A Bit About Me
I’ve been riding bikes since I was ten, growing up on a sheep station in the middle of the sticks out near Broken Hill in far-western NSW. I bought my first road bike in 1996: an old 250 Honda 4. Since then I’ve owned two GPZ’s: a 550 and an 1100, both hand-me-downs. I finally lashed out in 2003 and bought what I really wanted: a trumpy like Dad used to ride! ‘Course it’s a lot newer (2000 Thunderbird) and doesn’t leak oil, but I figure if Dad rode ’em then they’re the bike for me! Seriously tho’, I find it well balanced, comfortable, and quite quick enough for a fiftyish lady feeling her mortality these days!
I made the choice to have two wheels as my only transport for 5 years (2011-2016) rain, hail or shine. So yeah, I know a bit about riding gear and luggage etc required to do the shopping! I must admit though, bikes do have their limitations for carrying stuff so I have a little car now. I still ride more than I drive though.
I started in business part-time while getting myself a bit of better-late-than-never education at Central Queensland University (I have a BA with Distinction majoring in Communications, Sociology and Environmental Science). I bought $1500 worth of boots, bongs and bits-n-pieces from a small biker-oriented store that was closing down here in Bundy, and rented space in the front of a local shoe-repair shop.
There seemed to be a niche market so, after the shoe-repair shop went broke and closed down, I opened Everything But The Bike (November 1999). I started importing products that just weren’t available in Australia back then, though of course now there’s heaps of copy-cats. They can’t seem to match our level of customer-service though!
I’d become interested in the internet while studying at CQU, so the next step was a web site. An Internet presence has since gone on to become a must-have, but back then we were way ahead of the times! We started shipping our products all around Australia and even overseas. EBTB had outgrown the premises within the first twelve months, but I waited out the 3 year lease before relocating to the present site and adding a tattoo studio. The rest, as they say, is history. Cheers, Trish
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