It didn't take long for Hal Bruce to get on two wheels again.
Dressed in his high-visibility vest and customised helmet, Mr Bruce took his new bottle-green bicycle for its maiden voyage by gently pedalling from Warilla to Warrawong in yesterday's morning sun.
Though he was still getting used to the feel of his new wheels, they were certainly an upgrade from his slightly rusted orange Huffy that was stolen from the foyer of Warilla Library on Monday as Mr Bruce was inside using the internet.
The Lake Windemere Caravan Park resident relies on his bike for exercise, time to think and to run his daily errands.
After a story on the theft in Tuesday's paper, the Mercury was flooded with calls and comments offering to buy or give Mr Bruce a replacement bicycle.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Bruce and a benefactor who wanted to remain anonymous, headed to Wilson's Bike Hub in Warrawong to select a brand new mode of transport.
Mr Bruce said though he was sad to lose his old and faithful bicycle, he was touched by the outpouring of kindness and had had his faith in people restored.
"It's a beautiful bike, but more than that, it's a beautiful thought. The thought to me is more than the bike. For a total stranger to do that for me, it's just wonderful."