If you love cycling, there is a a good chance that you appreciate the classic bikes of yesteryear. If you love bikes, there is a small chance that you collect and restore classic bikes. If either of these profiles match, then the vintage and Penny Farthing bike nuts “Valley Wheelers” (part of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club) are putting on their third annual Sydney Classic Bicycle Show in March.
It is an open community event, run by a not-for-profit community based group. Visitors enter free if they register in advance or can turn up on the day and make a ‘gold’ coin donation.
So is it just a show for bike nerds? Event organiser, Marc Rerceretnam comments, “We try to cater towards as wide a demographic as possible. Whether you like new or old bicycles, you will love this fun event. If you have an old bike, a sentimental favourite or a classic one-of-a-kind bicycle, bring it along and show it off. We have an array of events to keep everyone happy. A Concours event and prizes for the best bikes in their category. A Swap Meet selling vintage parts, bicycles and velo paraphenelia. A free jumping castle to keep the kids entertained. Food stalls, coffee, chai and BBQs for those feeling a little peckish. And don’t forget Penny Farthing and Track Bicycle races on the velodrome track.
“The highlight of the day must be our attempt at a ‘unpaced’ Penny Farthing Hour Record. We have put in an application to the Guinness Book of World Records and expect to get comfirmation for this soon”.
If you own beautiful bike, you have the opportunity to register to display your bike on the concourse ($10 per entry) plus there is a swap meet to sell (and find) bicycle parts, a Swap Meet space is $50 (3x3m) for established retailers and $25 (2x2m) for small traders. Registrations are now open to book concourse or swap meet space.
For the concourse, the following categories are available:
Road bicycle 1961-1980
Road bicycle 1981-1995
Road bicycle 1996 – current
Tourer, Utility and Roadster
Novelty & Custom
Further information about the show can be found on the facebook page: facebook.com/SydneyClassicBicycleShow