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Attention Novocastrians !

There will be an ‘old bike recycling – pop-up’ event for two hours in Wheeler Place ( Newcastle Civic Theatre Precinct ) on Friday March 4th 2016 – from 12 midday – 2 pm, courtesy of Newcastle Council.

Among the bike attractions will be Sanjex Seratti and his eye-grabbing high wheeler ( penny-farthing or ‘ordinary’ ) that some of you may have seen at the 2015 Newcastle Vintage Tweed Ride. Also available will be the ‘old bike restoration’ skills of Iain “Woody” Wood and yours’ truly, the “New Recyclist” – King of the council kerbside chuck-out – [ and some other ‘legends in your own lunchtime’ too ] !

You’re welcome to bring along an old bike – preferably original and 1980s or earlier, (a) if you need some overhaul advice – or, (b) just to show it off ‘cos you already know it all !

Just follow the above poster !

Happy Re-cycling !

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Last Sunday’s tweed ride brought out some rarely seen ( by me at least ) classic bikes. I hope the “steel is real” bike enthusiasts out there get some enjoyment from these – I certainly did !

If I’ve missed your classic here, well you’ll just have to turn up again next year and give me another chance …

speedwell popular -  diamond frame

speedwell popular – diamond frame

This Speedwell had to be seen close up to really be appreciated – an original unrestored frame with modern running gear, possessing a wonderfully subtle and rusty patina. A credit to the restorer’s good taste, I thought.

conqueror loop frame

conqueror loop frame

A classic loop frame original, ridden by one of the younger participants.

carlton racer

carlton racer

The owner told me the frame was all chromed originally, it had some classy details.

carlton racer - rear derailleur

carlton racer – rear derailleur & hub

schwinn cruiser

schwinn cruiser

Although a later ‘reproduction’ model, this bike fitted in well with the ride theme.

another schwinn

another schwinn

sun-wasp path racer

sun-wasp path racer

What can I say ? Unique, rare, outstanding bike.

detail - sun-wasp

detail,  sun-wasp

the sun

the sun

Sister bike to the Sun-Wasp, with a “to-die-for” Sturmey Archer quadrant shifter …

detail - the sun

detail – the sun

detail - the sun

detail – the sun

blue mixte

blue mixte

Some gorgeous leather accents here :

blue mixte - detail

blue mixte – detail

gazelle toer populair

gazelle toer populair

Now I know I’m not the only person in town with one of these ! This one was fitted with a Brooks B33 saddle.

should be the smoothest ride in town !

should be the smoothest ride in town !

felt gridloc and velorbis

happy couple — felt gridloc and velorbis

nihola cargo 3-wheeler

nihola cargo 3-wheeler

Not exactly classic/vintage, but interesting,  practical and a great advertisement nonetheless …

Lets hope this becomes an ongoing event !

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Here are some general views of the event and some of its participants – I will show some other shots of notable bikes seen on the day, in a pending post :

arrival and the dismount - islington park

arrival and the dismount – islington park

who could resist ?

who could resist ?

an impressive outfit !

an impressive outfit !

the tv cameras were there at the start

the tv cameras were there at the start

ooh ! what threads !

ooh ! killer threads !

the group en route at the foreshore

the group en route at the foreshore

the sun wasp -- an outstanding bike !

the sun wasp — an outstanding ’30s “path racer” !

juggernaut

protour sports and the georgetown juggernaut – a DIY cargo bike !

peugeot in the park

a peugeot in the park

happy couple

happy couple

picnic time

picnic time

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Novocastrians  – don’t forget the tweed ride Sunday :

be there !

be there !

No tweed ? Nevermind … just old-fashioned should do.

keep trying ...

i keep trying …

Here are two potential tweed steeds – and there’s no need for speed :

roadmaster gx sports 10 speed (post-tweed era)

a nice roadmaster gx sports 10 speed 

bsa bermuda

bsa bermuda

The older, the better … See Ya There !

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Just a reminder to any Newcastle, NSW readers of this blog that there will be a tweed ride on 28th of July that shouldn’t be missed. For more details check Vicki’s blog “Bicycles In Newcastle” (see Blogroll R.H.S. of page ) and check out her cool red Speedwell Oma too ! Starts 10 a.m. from Islington Park.

You may even get to see the legendary Recyclist and his fabuloso “Aussie Oma” Speedwell too …. teehee ! Here’s a sneaky preview :

Grandma's going to party !

Grandma’s going to party !

Don’t be shy, bring whatever bike you can and come along …. hmmm, now can I find me some tweed ?

Happy Cycling !

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a gathering of mamils

a small gathering of mamils

Riding past Speers Point Park on Sunday, wondering how come, if two thirds of our population are overweight or obese, there are so many Middle Aged Men In Lycra ( MAMILs) about on their road bikes ?

mawils ? too ...

some mawils ? too …

And women too – were they all attempting to reduce the burden of medical bills on our society by getting fit ? That’s got to be a good thing …

I would add, however, that some men just shouldn’t wear the clingy stuff until their tummies shrink a bit more …

Apparently, it was all in aid of “Loop the Lake” an annual cycling event for Lake Macquarie, the largest (I think) saltwater lake anywhere … ( is it 85km around? ). Not too many photo ops. for me though, as there weren’t many classic bikes to be seen on this day. All modern roadie stuff as you might expect.

typical mamil apparatus

your typical mamil apparatus

As we rolled on by, I wondered about those riders who ride everywhere on the road when there are perfectly good cycle paths in parallel. I suppose it’s faster ? Guess that makes me a MIMIC ( Mildly Indifferent Man In Cotton ) as I prefer relative peace to the cut-and-thrust of the main road, unless I have no other choice.

Though the cycle paths can also be obstacle courses sometimes, the views are usually better ..

the slow lane ...

the slow lane …

 

And so it was then, that we joined the families on a day of slow cycling to the art gallery bazaar, and back again.

plenty of parking

plenty of parking at the gallery …

fellow commuters

fellow commuters

busking

busking

the path well travelled

See Ya then, on the path well travelled !

 

 

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While waiting for the rain to clear after several non-riding days I thought I would post some pics from the charity event “Olivia’s Ride” on the wonderful Fernleigh Track, 17th September 2011 :

I parked the bike in a nice spot...

Waiting for the "peloton" !

Here they are - but not going in my expected direction ... oh well.

Afternoon light on the track..

The kids' event was well attended.

Happy Cycling !

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