Retro cycling club in Sydney

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Retro cycling club in Sydney

Postby rogerrabbit » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:58 pm

Does anyone know if there is a club in Sydney for retro/vintage racing bike enthusiasts/addicts? Any regular rides, swap meets etc?

If not, who would be interested in participating in one?

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Postby il padrone » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:21 pm

According to the Canberra Cycle Museum there is:
Pennyfarthing Cycle Club of NSW, Editor: John Lee 5 Thomas St Milton NSW 2538
:?

Sounds like their focus maybe prior to your interests. There is also the Vintage Cycle Club of Victoria, Editor: Charlie Farren 71 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra Vic.
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Postby cludence » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:18 pm

Hi Roger,

There is no retro cycling club as such. There is however quite a number of Sydney based people who collect/restore bikes from varying eras. Whereabouts in Sydney are you based?

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Postby rogerrabbit » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:22 pm

I am in Seaforth, and I work in Lane Cove.
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Postby cludence » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:27 pm

I am probably a bit too far from you but if you are ever over in the Parramatta area, feel free to call in and say hi. More often than not there is usually bike people calling in here for coffee so you may get to meet a few other bike nuts.

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Postby toff » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:41 am

Hi Roger,

I belong to Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club, and we have quite a few riders who are into the older collectible bikes. It's not the core function of the club, but we are looking to organise a monthly restorer's ride, starting next month. Probably just a coffee run initially, and from then we'll see.

No need to be a club member, and we don't care what vintage your bike is from, but we feel that if you've got a nice retro bike you should be showing it off among like minded riders.

I hope to post some more details in the following days.
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Postby rogerrabbit » Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:19 pm

Thanks Toff and Karen.

Toff, I will definately participate!. Karen, I dont get out to Paramatta very often, but would like to visit sometime.


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Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:15 pm

With all of this interest, I think we need a Sydney Steelies club. Coffee, rides, swap meets, jerseys (that say "never throw your leg over anything under 18 years old"), mascot called Rusty. First meeting at Karens place. I nominate rogerabbit as president.

Problem solved. Next on "to do" list, sort out Zimbabwe's economy.

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Postby cludence » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:29 pm

Sounds good to me. First meeting my place and if you can guess what the mystery bolts and parts are (have a large container of them) I will let you leave with a freebie bike part. :)

Most Sat mornings there is usually someone here with me mucking around with bikes and parts. This Sat I am actually having tricycle day. I have one to rebuild and also have a friend who rides a trike that needs some modifications done on it.

So as long as I know in advance (in case of sleep in) you are welcome to call by.

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Postby jonbays » Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:12 pm

I would be interested in joining in some retro brigade type rides.

I can't ride anything without friction shifters and a steel frame.

I am in Forestville North Shore suits me
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Postby rogerrabbit » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:10 pm

I would be happy to put some work in setting up a club, but a few coffee rides and get together's to start sounds like a great scheme.

Now, hands up all those who would be in for giving this a go?
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Postby cludence » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:15 pm

Sounds good to me. I suppose it is a case of finding a middle meeting ground given some of us are from the North, other's West etc.

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Postby Kid_Carbine » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:23 pm

It's probably about time I heaved my aging bulk over a nice sturdy vintage steel frame & went for a bit of a pedal to see if I can still hold some balance.

I guess I can make the 140k drive to the big smoke to see if I can still ride.
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Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:56 pm

cludence wrote:Sounds good to me. I suppose it is a case of finding a middle meeting ground given some of us are from the North, other's West etc.

Karen.


I'm in (kid commitments pending). How about Homebush bay. The coffee cart at the armoury does a nice soy milk latte and there is plenty of room on the wharf for a show and shine. If someone doesn't want to stay they can can still get a nice ride out of the outing.

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Postby cludence » Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:13 pm

Homebush sounds good to me. There is also a bunch of guys I know who are in to dragsters and often head over to Homebush for a ride. A few of them are also into vintage bikes as well. I can let them know and see if some of them want to head along.

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Postby daacha » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:45 am

I'd be keen as well.......although my 2007 Giant isn't exactly vintage. I'm keen to start collecting vintage bikes but the two i have aren't exactly rideable as yet. :wink:

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Postby ukalipt » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:33 pm

i would be keen as well. family will probably get in the way but i have my hand half raised. although if it is at homebush i could possibly bring my boys as well. they love to ride, but their bikes aren't quiet "retro" just their dad.
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Postby cludence » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:34 pm

Doesnt matter if the kids bikes arent retro they will catch the bug later on I am sure.

If my nephew is around on the day, I will bring him along.

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Postby daacha » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:50 pm

I've also got two teenage neices who go on shorter rides with me. They'd love a ride around Homebush.
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Postby WyvernRH » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:55 pm

cludence wrote:Homebush sounds good to me. There is also a bunch of guys I know who are in to dragsters and often head over to Homebush for a ride. A few of them are also into vintage bikes as well. I can let them know and see if some of them want to head along.

Karen.


Ok, we'll be in it. Post a date (a little in advance) and we'll have trip down from the bush north of Newcastle for the day. Might even persuade a couple of folks from Erko to front up (hint hint...)

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Postby cludence » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:02 pm

Ahh, Richard, you will have to get Col to head down as well.

Looks like we will be able to drag a few out of the woodwork and make a great day of it.

A suggestion would be making it a Sunday when Waratah Vets are racing at the Tennis Centre nextdoor. That way I can drag Jim and some of the older guys over after the race.

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Postby cludence » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:05 pm

I just looked at the Waratahs site. The next date they are at Homebush is:

10 Aug 2008 08:00 and 09:00am Graded Criterium

After this date they are not back there until October. I am not sure if this is too soon for everyone?

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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:26 pm

In another 20 years, even my CF frame can join in one of these vintage ride. :lol:
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Postby cludence » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:31 pm

Sogood, borrow one of Al's bikes. I am sure he has 1000's, it's just a case of him remembering where he put them.

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Postby sogood » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:37 pm

cludence wrote:Sogood, borrow one of Al's bikes. I am sure he has 1000's, it's just a case of him remembering where he put them.

Yes, that's a sure bet alternative. :D
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