May
18
to May 19

Swansea Cycles - Fremantle Legend

image courtesy Kerry Torpy

Working from a backyard shed between the Swan River and Indian Ocean brothers Howard and Les Baldwin launched the Swansea Cycles and Motor Co.

Swansea Cycles would go on to be one of Australia’s largest cycle manufacturers, providing basic transport to many but also the means to reach great sporting success for others. We invite you to share their story.

As part of our Pop Up Museum celebrating the Swansea Cycle and Motor Co we're inviting all current Swansea owners to bring their bikes back home to Freo. Have your Swansea dated and added to our register by a club expert and take away a commemorative registration tag.

We’re also inviting ex employees and riders associated with Swansea to down tools and join us for morning smoko.

Do you have a cycling story to share? Your first bike, a racing rellie? Record it for posterity in the club’s oral history booth.

Aside from what may be the biggest gathering of Swansea bikes since the company closed in the 1960’s we’re recreating part the of the shop as it might have been in the 1950’s complete with period tools, parts and advertising. 

All this is happening on the doorstep of the original shop and factory on William St in Fremantle.

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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

John McGrath - A Roll Down Memory Lane

Long term Belmont resident John McGrath was a successful road and track rider from the 1940’s to the 1960’s. Recently two club members, Malcolm Bell and Robert Frith, have restored a pair of John’s original track bikes, a Bobby Jones built frame which John brought to WA when he moved from Sydney, and a locally made Swansea.

The City of Belmont is hosting an evening celebrating John’s achievements. We’ll discuss the conservation and restoration of the bikes and how the Burra Charter can influence that process.

Parking will be available for this event in the City of Belmont staff carpark (after 5pm only). The staff carpark is accessible via Robinson Avenue off Wright Street.

This is a free event however bookings are required as places are limited - book here.

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Harold Perry Collection - Members Only Event

At the time of his passing Harold Perry had around 120 bikes and frames, as well as a collection of parts. Most of the collection dates from the 1970’s And 80’s although some of it goes back to the 40’s. Harold’s family are keeping a handful of bikes and are kindly offering club members the first look at the rest.

Details are in the club newsletter.



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Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

February Meeting and Auction

Donations keep flowing in.. they’re not always amazing but at worst this months offerings look like they’re respectable parts bikes… a Raleigh badge here, a Nitto stem there.. a Wolber/105 wheelset anyone?

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Pageant

Drop off Location: Please head south down Milligan Street from Wellington Street. When you arrived (depending on the time), you may need to go through Traffic Management on the corner of Hay and Milligan let them know you are delivering the Historical Club bikes. They will let you into the closed road area of Milligan Street. Go as far down Milligan as you can and unload the bikes safely. Stop before you reach St Georges Terrace and park safely. Once unloaded and someone is there to look after the bikes, leave and head north up Milligan the way you came. 

Parking Location for bike trailers: You will need your parking passes to park in the Langley Park area. On arrival at the Langley Parking Area please have your parking pass on display. This will be checked by security before you can enter. Once on the park please following parking instructions from event staff on where to park. 

Entry to the Langley parking is off Plain Street. Please take note of road closures in the area. 

Please drop off all Bikes before 6.30pm: Floats will be moving into place at this time along St Georges Tce. Once all the bikes have riders head towards the start line area along St Georges Tce. Event Marshals will give you direction and let you know your location in the line-up of the pageant. 

Route: The official pageant start is at the intersection of St Georges Tce at William Street. The pageant travels down St Georges Tce, turns right onto Bennett Street and finishes on Langley Park. 

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Nov
19
7:30 PM19:30

November Meeting & Auction

We’re going to wrap 2019 up with a few treats. It’s never too early to think about Christmas right?

The star of this auction is a mid fifties four swan Swansea in very tired but original condition.

There is also an interesting looking large track framed bike refitted as a 10 speed in the ‘80’s. Along with the Shaimano and Diacompe parts it has retained it’s original Ambrosio stem and GB handlebars. The dropouts are stamped SPEED (RHS) and 303 (LHS).

The auction also includes a child’s trike, a 1945 Malvern Star step-through, a 1952 Greyhound, a Cinelli cap and a number of parts. Images of the parts and the Malvern Star to follow.

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Display - MH Jones Day

From the 1970's to through the 90's Milton "Spike" Jones was the go-to frame builder and repairer in Western Australia. His frames carried many champions and state representatives and broke numerous World Records. Come and see wonderful vintage-era road and track bikes including the ultra-marathon MHJ’s ridden by Rod Evans.

Got an MH Jones or a Capo? Bring it along and add it to the register.

You’ll be amazed by the variety of creations that came out of Milton’s modest shed in Myaree. Download flyer here.

 
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Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

June - AGM and Speaker Penny Farthing Dan

Nominations for club committee positions are open! Also Dan Bolwell AKA Penny Farthing Dan is coming to the west coast and will be our guest speaker this month. And there will be a small auction, details still to be confirmed.

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Auction items below;

1970's Dawes
c. 1959 Swansea 2 Swan

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Penny Farthing Riverside Ride

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Join Dan Bolwell, AKA Penny Farthing Dan, for an upstream ride and a coffee and/or a Vegemite roll.
We'll meet at Mends St Jetty at 10am for a 10:15 departure. 
It's a flat ride and the weather will be perfect (somewhere).
If you have a penny it'd be brilliant to see it. If you don't have a penny just bring your favourite bike.

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May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Vancouver St Festival, Albany-Ride and Display

  • Vancouver Street Albany, WA, 6330 Australia (map)
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Vancouver Street Festival

The Vancouver Street Festival is the most well-loved arts and heritage festival of the Great Southern region of WA. Coordinated by the Vancouver Arts Centre, the festival features a maker’s market, vintage bikes, local produce, music and street performance!

This year, the Vancouver Street Festival will feature local Noongar dance and music performances, a walking tour through Albany’s historic trees led by Malcolm Trail from the Museum of the Great Southern and the Amazing South Coast Big Band.

The Vancouver Street Festival 2018 promises to be an unmissable celebration of community, culture, art and history! A true celebration of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Great Southern.

This year enthusiasts of tweed and vintage steeds will be encouraged to ride to the event from a starting point of their choosing, instead of the Tweed Ride that started from Stirling Tce in previous years. 

Treadlie Trundle

WAHCC members will be able to get a ride in prior to the Festival starting. Treadlie Trundle is a 11km ride for club members starting from Emu Point at 9.30am for a 10.00am start. The route will traverse the coastal dual use path to Middleton Beach, then along the boardwalk to Brunswick Road, then through the historic streets of Albany finishing at the  into Vancouver Street around 12.00 noon.

 La Lanterne Rouge will await the last riders at Eyre Park, Brunswick Rd, and will accompany riders to the Festival.

Attractions along the way are many and include stunning coastal views, various cafes and Gourmandise Cafe on Stirling Tce with the must see vintage bicycle sculpture. 

Social Event

There will be a get together for Perth and Great Southern club members later that day, 6.00pm  at Oranje Tractor Wine, 198 Link Rd Marbelup, 10km from the CBD. The Kultcha Kitchen food van will be catering on the night. The Club is subsidising the night so members only need to pay $10. Any non-members will need to stump up $20. BYO drinks. Wine, local beer and soft drinks can be purchased on the night. RSVP's are essential by April 30th, contact Murray on murraysgomm@gmail.com or 0431 846 412.    

There will also be vintage velos and components for sale on the night as a  local collector and bike enthusiast will have a stall set up on the night.

 

 

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Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

April Monthly Meeting and Auction

Our regular meeting includes an auction this month. Three bikes and some older Westwood style wheelsets for sale this month. The bikes are an English folder with Sturmey Archer 3 speed and 1970's Boans Bluebird 12 speed. The star of the show is a small 1960's Flash, once owned by Kevin Moran. It has Kevin's name on the top tube and is fitted with a mixture of parts including some Campagnolo gear and Brooks saddle.

You must be a club member to bid. Absentee bids are welcome.

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Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

January Monthly Meeting - Speaker Hugh Richardson

Original copies of Arthur Richardson's book "The Story Of A Remarkable Ride" are vanishingly rare. The story told is of one of Australia's great endurance rides, the gruelling circumnavigation of the continent by Richardson in 1899.

Arthur's grandson Hugh Richardson has recently republished the book and will speak about his grandfather's many adventures.

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