Hal Bruce slips on a high-visibility vest and a distinctive piece of protective headwear he made using a bike helmet, the brim of a baseball cap and some electrical tape.
He steps over, finds the pedals, and then he is off - an elderly pensioner as free as a boy again aboard his trusted bicycle.
Mr Bruce, of Lake Windemere Caravan Park, rides every day.
But now the bike is gone - stolen yesterday from the foyer of Warilla Library - and Mr Bruce is suddenly without his usual liberty.
He had to call a friend to collect him when he emerged from the library and found his ride gone.
"These things shake you up," Mr Bruce said.
"It was not an expensive bike - you'd be lucky to get $40 for it - but that was my transport."
Mr Bruce parked just inside the library foyer about 11.30am yesterday with the permission of staff, having had his tyres let down and parts stolen in the past when he parked outside.
He didn't secure the bike to anything but locked a chain around the rear wheel, so it couldn't have functioned.
The bike has a burnt orange-coloured frame, 'Huffy' branding, some light rust in parts and a visibly wonky rear wheel.
Mr Bruce reported the theft to police and asked that anyone with information contact Lake Illawarra police station on 4232 5599.