Bicycle cafe "Visitors Comments Book"

The Crank – THE CHINA INCIDENT

Inviting idiot strangers into your lounge room is not something I'd recommend, but that's what it's been like at Bicycle Cafe. Every bicycle riding idiot in town comes to sample the famous Bicycle Cafe int roast. Especially after that girlie reporter wrote me up in the paper, everyone wanted a piece of Bicycle Cafe, she wrote "I do not recommend “Bicycle Café”…… for anything." That was when the flood gates opened. The place filled up with fixed wheel riding hipsters and the trendy carbon set. Some even turned up on half decent steel bikes and made out they knew things about bike racing. It was so popular, on Sundays mums and dads on bikes would bring their kids for a Bicycle Cafe "Kiddy Cheeno" … warm milk with dried and grated vegemite sprinkled on top, no IR for the kiddies. Besides International Roast is expensive, even when it's on Special. It didn't seem to matter that I'd mixed up the Campagnolo white grease with the creamed honey on toast, the place was popular from the day it opened. The whole thing exploded after these blokes on old 1980's steel bikes dropped in and asked me for some "advice". They started by asking which was better, Super Record or C-Record, they … [Read More...]

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ICS – Ital Cicli Systems – Exclusive Bike – Gold Plated Campagnolo C Record

Campagnolo Corsa Record components were obviously manufactured for racing use only. That was until Artemio Granzotto who founded Ital Cicli Systems in Zurich Switzerland, had other ideas for the use of Campagnolo race components. Flying in the face of components made exclusively for racing, Ital Cicil Systems re-designed and re-finished classic Cinelli and Campagnolo equipment. Gold and chrome … [Read More...]

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 … [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...]