Carrera Professional Cycling Team

How Carrera Professional Cycling Team, nicknamed “The Kids” became Transformers of Old School Rules

Frank Boifava and Carrera Professional Cycling Team Frank Boifava’s life was destined to revolve around bicycles. One of the three owners of the Carrera bicycle brand, Frank now resides in Brisbane Australia. In the mid 1980’s when the world of professional cycling was undergoing radical transformation, Frank played his part in witnessing and enacting some of the most profound changes in the history of the sport. Changes which resulted in a traditional European focused sport, become the international version of cycle sport that we know today. In the 1980’s foreign riders, Americans, Australians, Irish and many more were heading to Europe in unprecedented numbers. What made Carrera different in this era was that Carrera was one of the first pro teams to have “two teams, within one”. Including a large number of foreign English speaking riders. An innovative team approach with new ideas and all young blood, an Italian team breaking away from old traditions and forging a new way into the future, for cycle sport to model itself on. At the same time foreign companies like Shimano began to penetrate the market. Marked by one insidious moment in a car park in Switzerland, in the … [Read More...]

A dandy horse rider.

The Battle of the Dandy Horse Grandfathers

In the last decade of the nineteenth century, two elderly Australian gentlemen fought a public battle that rumbled on in the press for nearly fifty years, to determine who was the "Dandy Horse Grandfather" of Australian cycling. The first person to ever ride a bicycle on Australian soil? To prove their point, Australia's bicycle riding grandfathers chose the dandy horse, both believing that this … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

ics-magni

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...]