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Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby LG » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:40 am

I have (or have had) a number of old bikes over the years with interesting decals. Thought I'd post here as a means to prevent them disappearing from memory. I hope these photos may be of use to somebody someday, and I also hope others will post photos of their bikes decals in this thread.

Start with Tassie Bikes:

Cyril Abel Cycle Works, mens roadster from about the 1950s. From a quick google search they appear to have had a shop in Elizabeth St Hobart.
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Seat tube decal
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The King! Seat tube decal indicates they were at 125 Elizabeth St Hobart. This bike is a ladies roadster from about the 40s.
Down tube decal
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Seat tube decal
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Head tube
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Kevin McBain "Maxwell Cycles"Mixte from about the early 80s ish
Seat & head tube decals
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Down tube decal
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Tassie cycles mens racer from about the 40s (ish). Not sure if this is a respray and later decal.
Head & seat tube decals
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Down tube
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby LG » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:26 pm

More Tassie bikes!
Kinnane deluxe ladies bike from 50s ish. Somebody resprayed it blue over the top of the decals and this is as well as I could clean them up.
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Ken Self early 1980's locally built racer bike. I removed the decals for respraying and forgot to take photos before doing so :oops: The round rooster decal is from the head tube, the square on the seat tube.
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby P!N20 » Sat May 04, 2013 9:04 pm

Hi LG,

Some interesting bikes you have there. I've got got a soft spot for Tassie frames as I grew up there (now living in Melbourne) and although not directly involved, was certainly aware of Tasmania's proud cycling history. I restored a McBain a few years back and am still riding it regularly - it even won a category at a recent show n shine!

A friend of mine's colleague dug out his old Kinnane Special and rode it to work! There was a whole story to go with it, but in short it was used in the 50's (?) on a turf velodrome. Kinnane was a bike shop in Wellington St, Launceston until quite recently. My Dad seems to think they built frames there back in the day.

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Anyway, keeping the decal theme going, these are some shots I took of my McBain just after I bought it and pulled all the components off:

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I'd love to see some pics of your Ken Self, do you know much about it? I've come across a couple, but they're so few and far between I've come to the conclusion they are just re-badged something or other.

There must be so many Tassie frames stashed in people's garages down there, if only there was a way to uncover them all!
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby cotterpin » Sat May 04, 2013 10:03 pm

Thanks LG and P!N20. Great thread!
I'll try and jump on board with some decal image's in the next day or so.
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby RobertFrith » Sun May 05, 2013 12:35 am

This thread is gunna go ballistic..
coupla Swansea decals for ya

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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby LG » Sun May 05, 2013 8:37 am

P!N20 wrote:Hi LG,

A friend of mine's colleague dug out his old Kinnane Special and rode it to work! There was a whole story to go with it, but in short it was used in the 50's (?) on a turf velodrome. Kinnane was a bike shop in Wellington St, Launceston until quite recently. My Dad seems to think they built frames there back in the day.


Wow, a Kinnane special is very high on my desire list and yes, the special frames were built locally. Very nice piece of Tassie history there.

I'm hoping to get to a fella's house later next week to take some photos of a 1970s Ken Self track bike sitting in his shed, custom made for his father who raced it and has custom decals on it. Maybe I should have called this the 'Vintage Tassie bike decals' thread :lol:

P!N20 wrote:I'd love to see some pics of your Ken Self, do you know much about it? I've come across a couple, but they're so few and far between I've come to the conclusion they are just re-badged something or other.

There are some locally built Ken Self road and track frames of a very high quality, but with a whole heap of bought in frames as well. Mine is a locally built road. I'll post a photo or 2 on the forum at some stage (may already be one here, can't recall).
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby Kermit TF » Sun May 05, 2013 7:24 pm

Arrrgh, its frustrating that this website due to some technical thingy, crops 1/4 of pic :( ....agree awesome thread.
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sun May 05, 2013 10:23 pm

Kermit TF wrote:Arrrgh, its frustrating that this website due to some technical thingy, crops 1/4 of pic :( ....agree awesome thread.

more to do with you looking at it at on a low resolution setting/monitor. All images look fine to me
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Re: Vintage Australian bicycle decals

Postby P!N20 » Mon May 06, 2013 4:41 pm

Ken Self tandem:

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Mischa's (of Bottles & Chains fame) Ken Self, unfortunately came off second best in a collision:

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This dude did an amzing resto job on his Ken Self:

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