This month we're cracking out the projector and having a squizz at buying and selling bikes and parts on the internet, as well as other internet resources that restorers find useful.
How many members have a handful of cranks that are orphans. Bring them along tonight and see if you can find a twin. Pedals and wing nuts are welcome too - really anything that comes as a pair that finds itself single!
The Perth Retro Bicycle show is back. This event isn't organised by the WAHCC but it's right up our alley.
The show has been established to display your bicycle beauties of the past to the public.
Target for the show is pre 2000(by frame year) road or track racing bicycles. Primary focus is metal frame bicycles (e.g. steel, titanium, aluminium, magnesium) however we will consider other materials (e.g. carbon, wood) if you have something of special interest .
We also wish to promote local (WA) craft and bicycle manufacturing capability so the show is open to local brands or frame builders who have produced road or track frames made of metal (in keeping with the retro theme) of any year build pre or post year 2000.
The event will be open to the public from 10am to 3.30pm. For those entering bicycles, set up is between 8.30 and 9.30 am. We ask that you commit to display to the public for the full duration hence break up time at 4pm to allow us to have a post-show thankyou and debrief after public close.
We are a not for profit organisation so just aim to cover costs for the event. To that end, we request a modest entry fee for displaying a bicycle of $10 per bike (limit of 5 bicycles per person/organisation). We can cater for display of approximately 80 bikes so be quick and register your ticket entry. Bring your own stands.
We will have a number of categories for judging on the day including:
- most popular bike in show as voted by participants and general public
- best presented bike (considering originality, condition, period build) as voted by the organisers
- best local product bike (considering quality, style, local content) as voted by the organisers.
For any specific quiries or further information on the show or criteria, please contact Velocollective at email@example.com.
Our AGM will once again be spiced up with a club auction. To bid you must be a member of the club, you can join or renew on the night.
A number of lots are offered mostly boxes of parts but there are also a couple of bikes;
• Rapide - SA built, rough, rusty and heavy but mostly original and with attractive paint, Magistroni cranks, Cycle Oppy pedal and Philips Apollo pedal, Oppy bars and period incorrect Weinmann brakes. Leather saddle in reasonable condition.
• Several lots of c. 1900 parts and incomplete frames. Includes a nice collection of rim badges.
• Several lots of c. 1960's to 1980's parts, some decent cranks including a Shimano Biopace unit, older carriers and mudguard, headlamps, handlebars, forks and a dragster seat
• 1970's Walcycle ladies ten speed in good cosmetic condition. Best of all, it's pink!
• Gordonson '70's stem shifter, surprisingly light for a boom bike
• c.1963 Swansea 2 Swan in very poor condition
The Vintage Tractor and Machinery Association of WA Great Southern Branch will celebrate the 13th "Plough Day" which, as the name suggests, will feature a working display of vintage machinery and antique wares. The WAHCC Great Southern will be there with a display of sturdy steeds.
Our first speaker for 2017, Geoff Owen is a cyclist and collector of cycling books. He's going to share some of the highlights of his collection and the stories therein.
There's also a club auction that will include a rough Thunderbot Dragster, a rough Humber, a Raleigh, a track frame as well as a Look jersey (medium) and a Tour de France pack. The track frame is sticker Flash but there is no other evidence that it actually is a Flash. It has a nasty hole in the down tube but the headset and forks may well be worth salvaging. Likewise the Humber is rough but has a Perry coaster hub in good condition and the steel rims are quite good. Bidding will be open to club members.
IT'S BACK! Want to sell some of those pre-loved bike parts or keen to buy a new bike or find that elusive shiny part for your steed?
The West Australian Historical Cycle Club has booked 2 bays for members' use.
Barlee Street Carpark, on the main strip of Beaufort St, in Mt Lawley.
SELLERS 8am/BUYERS 9am
Our regular monthly meeting spiced up with a handful of vintage goodness, up for auction are;
• Aussie, complete bike with some interesting modifications
• Swansea Two Swan complete bike
• Swansea Two Swan Frame and Forks
• Eighties 10speed with Suntour Aerodynamic shifters
• 3 vintage tubular rims
• Bell saddle in excellent condition
• 3 three speed wheels
• Boans Bluebird skidstar style frame and fork (rough)
• small tub of parts inluding a horn and vulcanising kits
• Front wheel with Sturmey Archer hub
• 1930s(?) racer, complete bike with some non original parts
You must be a current financial member of the club to bid at the pencil auction. Email absentee bids to firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel to the top of Kalamunda Road (Stirk Park on the left hand side), continue east on Stirk Road to the History Village which is bounded by Railway Road and William Street. Enter through the coach entrance on William St, our display is near this entrance.
Attending Club Members - bring a chair and dress in period costume (not compulsory). Displaying members should be set up prior to the 10am start time. The event finishes at 3pm.
There will be food stalls amongst the other displays. For further information contact Merv Thompson 94502579.
The Great Southern Division of the WA Historical Cycle Club is organising a vintage bicycle ride from Coolgardie to Ora Banda to celebrate the exploits of Australian bicycle pioneer, Percy Armstrong. He came into cycling folklore with an epic ride with R Craig in 1893 when they rode their bicycles from Croydon in far North Queensland to Melbourne, a total of 3 200km.
In 1984 Percy arrived to the WA goldfields and established a Bicycle Express Service near the Coolgardie Post Office. This resulted from a business man asking Percy how an urgent letter could be delivered to Kurnalpi, as all the camels and buggies were out of town. Percy offered to ride his bicycle and return the next day, a return trip of 164 miles. Within an hour of returning to Coolgardie, Percy received another offer to deliver a letter 45 miles from town. The Bicycle Express Service was born and Percy's bicycle delivery network served the entire eastern goldfield and extended to Cue on the Murchinson, with as many as 10 riders working for him.
Later that year he established the first bicycle sales agency in the goldfields which expanded to be the largest and most extensive network in the colony with outlets in nearly all goldfield communities, Perth and Fremantle. In 1987 he promoted the first Beverley to Perth Cycle race of 116 mile. In Coolgardie he promoted the Westral Wheel Race, an event this is still being held today.
The Inaugural Percy Armstrong Goldfields Ride celebrates Percy's maiden Bicycle Express Service ride departing from the Coolgardie Post Office. The ride is approximately 70kms over two days and involves riding gravel roads and camping out in the bush. It is not a compulsory ride as you can ride as much or little as you like because the bus will be following the riders. Spring sees the Goldfields at it’s best and I’m sure there will be some great times on the bus trip, both out on the road and around the campfires.
For more details contact Glenn Hufferemail@example.com
Fitzpatrick,J. Wheeling Matilda: The Story of Australian Cycling. Star Hill Studio Pty Ltd., 2013
Re-Inventing The Wheel - The Bicycle Wheel: observations on its history and technological development - Adrian Emilsen, Melody Wheels.
Wheels are an essential part of the bicycle. Without two wheels the concept of a bicycle would be meaningless: there would be no ‘bi-cycle’. However, despite this ubiquity, the bicycle wheel has received comparatively little attention amongst popular and scholarly cycling histories.
Technological developments in bicycle frame and drive-chain systems have appeared far more spectacular, while wheels have served as a mere accompaniment. The popular catchphrase “re-inventing the wheel” typifies the notion of the wheel as a steadfast and unwavering technology.
This talk will reconsider the bicycle wheel as a more noteworthy object of cycling history. Drawing on a number of key inventions and developments in wheel design, Adrian will highlight some of the changes that have brought us to bicycle wheel as we know it.