I’ve not met Anthony, have been meaning to get around to his workshop in Hyde Park, but time has run away from me. I have however heard many good things about Anthony’s services over the years, so I decided to touch base with Anthony about a feature. Fortunately he accepted.
This is Anthony’s story.
I was born into a non-traditional Italian family and grew up in the Western Suburbs of Adelaide. At the age of 23 I traveled overseas and eventually settled in Sydney. It was here that I went to university to study a MBA and Masters of Finance, meet a girl and got married. I worked in number of marketing roles in the healthcare industry, however my passion was always in cycling and the biomechanics behind it. My wife and I decided to move back to Adelaide about 5 years ago and that’s when I started Elbows Akimbo. I am currently studying human movement at UNISA and enjoying the challenges associated with juggling life with 2 kids, cycling and running my business.
- You run a business called Elbows Akimbo, what is it and where did the name come from?
Elbows Akimbo is a business focused on providing high quality, state-of-art bike servicing and fitting for cyclists of all levels.
In terms of the origin of the name of the business, I read an article where a journalist had used the term to describe the riding style of Johan Museeuw during the Paris-Roubaix. At the time I was developing a business plan for a bike store, and it just resonated with me.
- With your experience seeing all sorts of cyclists pass through your doors, what are some of the more common problems you see?
For bike fitting, it is usually some type of discomfort with the contact points (saddle, handlebars and shoes/pedals) as well as lower back and knee pain.
For bike servicing, creaking. People almost always think it’s the bottom bracket. All noises seems to emanate from the BB. Sometimes it is, but often it’s something else like the headset, front or rear hub, saddle etc.
- How long have you been cycling and what got you started?
I started riding a roadie when I was in high school, probably when I was 14 or 15. I don’t know what go me started, I had a couple of friends and we were interested in cycling and it just started from there. We didn’t really have any mentors or people to encourage us, we just picked it up.
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
I’ve only have three bikes. My main bike is a Pinarello Prince circa 2007.
I also have an aluminium Trek that has been resprayed and I use that as a spare and for the trainer.
The third bike is 24” BMX Sunday cruiser that I bought so that I could go riding with my daughters.
- What bike do you covet?
The Pinerallo, they really are great bikes. I think that they offer a complete package – quality, finish, performance, handling and ride quality – it’s really hard to get that combination with any other brand.
- What tools would you recommend a cyclist have at home bike shed?
Without getting too carried away, I think you can do a lot with the following:
A full set of good quality T or P handle hex wrenches – 2 to 8mm
A full set of good quality L shaped ball hex wrenches – 2 to 8mm
A 25T and 30T torx wrench if you have torx bolts on your bike
A chain whip
A 12” shifter
The appropriate cassette locking ring toll (shimano or campy)
A 5mm and 6mm flat head and a #1 and #2 phillips head screwdriver
A pair of pointy nose pliers.
- What are your pet love and hates about cycling?
The great thing about cycling is that just about anyone can participate and if the will is there, they can get pretty good. I think this is part of the reason why cycling has become so popular. However, one of the issues with such large participation rates and novices is that cycling etiquette and safety out on the road at times could be better.
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
At the moment I’m a big fan of Richie Porte. It’s great to see an Aussie who has the talent to win a grand tour riding at the top of his game.
- If you could have dinner with 3 people in the cycling world, who would they be and why?
Jan Ullrich, Marco Pantani and Miguel Indurain. They were some of the great champions of the era when I really grew to love cycling. Drug scandals aside, they were my heroes.
- Where would you take them to eat?
I love entertaining at our house, so at home for some traditional food from the region where my family comes from Molfetta Italy.
- Have you had any nasty crashes? If so how did the worst occur and what was the consequence?
No, I’ve been very very lucky. I had a couple of offs when I lived in Sydney in the space of a few weeks but only lost a bit of skin.
- What is your favourite post ride cafe, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Unfortunately, with the business, study and family, I don’t have much time for cafes and the coffee at my house is pretty good.
- What is your favourite local training route?
When I’m fit, probably the ride out to Lobethal via Norton Summit and back along Gorge Road. It’s not too long, offers a reasonable variety of terrain and has enough climbing to put some hurt in the legs.
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
That my Pinarello Prince with Campy Record and Shamals purchased new in 2007 cost $6K
- What cycling related thing would you like for your next birthday?
A Pinarello F10
- Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?
At the moment we sponsor a few clubs, associations and teams, most of which we’ve had a on-going relationship with over the past few years which has proven to be mutually rewarding, they include: IsoWhey Sports Swiss Wellness Cycling Team, Triathlon SA, The Lakers Triathlon Club and FRA PowerOn Cycling Club
- From a non-cycling perspective, what do you love about Adelaide?
The ease of getting around and the ability to bring up kids around our family. The Adelaide Oval brings a great atmosphere to the city in winter for footy which I also love.
- What is your go to place when interstaters come to Adelaide?
Adelaide Hills for lunch and Peel St for kick ons.
Thanks Anthony, I pleasure to touch base, and I will pop around over the next few weeks.