Matt Leasegang's Milo bike that Murray Donald had raced on in 1986, Matt restored the bike and Murray was there to see it for the first time since 1986.

Pushies Galore 2014

At the Greenslopes Bowls Club last Sunday, Pushies Galore covered every square inch of the bowling green. Spilling out from the edge of the green and into the car park was the bicycle swap meet. Anything and everything was on offer, I found a pair of mint Campagnolo C Record pedals for my Bianchi X4 build and an as new retro 80's wool jersey, one swapped for cash and the jersey traded for old bike parts. Inside the club house there was tea and scones, or you could buy a beer at the bar. This year Studio Sixty ran a photo booth for all the entrants into the show 'n shine competition. All you had to do was rock up and Jason Starr was there to take your picture with your bike. There was an Instagram #tag service, anyone using the #pushiesgalore tag had their picture immediately printed out for free to take home or plastered on a display board. Another successful year organised by the hard working Pushies Galore team headed by Gavin Bannerman and Richard Butler. The sun was out on a glorious Brisbane winter's day, bonus. For the first year running we had a stand on the green, displaying bikes from four of the posts that we've featured on Velo Aficionado throughout the year. There … [Read More...]

Columbus air tubing on a Cinelli Laser

The night bicycle collector Greg Softley came to Brisbane

In recent years collecting old bicycles has caught on more than ever. Events like L'Eroica and many copycat versions have fuelled the desire for steel vintage bicycles. Combine this with the popularity that cycling has recently gained, bike riders are now seeking out rare steel bikes to squeeze or sneak into their growing collections. Amongst us though are the rare few, the veteran collectors … [Read More...]

Velodrome International Brisbane

Brisbane International Velodrome Board Track

Board track racing in Australia first sprung into existence at Canterbury - Sydney during December 1928. Nine months later Brisbane Velodromes, Ltd opened Australia's second ever board track, popularly known as "The Drome" at Alexandra Park in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. Now in 2014 a local architectural firm has won the contract to build Brisbane's second board track, this time round for the … [Read More...]

Joe Cosgrove and Mark Brink with Arthur Dows and Arthur's FB holden at Bald Hill Flats, February 1972 after trails for state selection for  Olympic trials.

Arthur Dows Brisbane Cycling Icon

Arthur Dows, old school lessons on a fixed wheel. Every cycling community has tucked away, in it's collective memory, overblown stories of iconic characters who've made their own peculiar and indelible impression. Tailor made for the Brisbane cycling scene and forever imbued with the living spirit of  1930's Australian bicycle racing was Arthur Dows. Arthur was well known as a "trainer and … [Read More...]

Darrell McCulloch proud creator of Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Darrell McCulloch from Llewellyn Custom Bicycles spills the beans on how he got started building custom bikes

Out the back of bespoke bike frame builder Darrell McCulloch's suburban Brisbane workshop, roams the most contented Eastern Water Dragon you'll ever find. Animals feature prominently in and around the Llewellyn Custom Bicycles workshop, one of Darrell's popular lug sets is named after a local bird, the Manorina. The sound of the Manorina, more commonly known as the Bellbird is one of Darrell's … [Read More...]

Modolo Bicycle Brakes

Ben Smith’s Modolo Bicycle Brake Collection

When specialist bicycle components manufacturer Modolo threw their hat into the fiery furnace of professional race components manufacturing during the late 1970's, their "Professional" model race brake was an instant success. The appearance of the Modolo "Professional" race brake at the Paris and Milan shows of 1977 first cemented Modolo's new reputation. In 1984 the same brake was still being … [Read More...]