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James Macdonald bike collector's house Toowoomba, 2013

James Macdonald Toowoomba Bicycle Collector

ONE BIKE IS NEVER ENOUGH A couple of weeks after Pushies Galore 2012 I headed up the range to Toowoomba for a day talking bikes with bicycle aficionado James Macdonald. James was well known as a collector of old bikes, but the notable bike collection that James had curated was just one part of a life shaped by many other influences. The appreciation that James had acquired in his lifetime for … [Read More...]

Rocket Cycles paint charts for re-painting old bicycles.

DIY Bicycle Frame Painting

Would you paint your bicycle using enamel house paint and a brush? Today bicycle frame painters will finish the top coat of colour on your bike frame using spray equipment, and a high quality automotive paint from a paint supplier like Spies Hecker. Back in the 1950’s you could walk into an Australian bicycle shop and choose a 2 1/2 fluid ounce tin of enamel paint from Berger, British Paints or … [Read More...]

Bianchi Piaggio Weinmann Specialissima X4 2015 Version

When The New Dog Digs Up The Old Dog Part 6

The Bianchi X4 Diaries Part SIX Just over two years ago a battered Bianchi X4 frame arrived, well overdue for transformation back to it’s long lost, race-ready form. First the chrome finish was restored, followed by new paint and decals. While Joe Cosgrove and myself were finessing the celestial Bianchi paint, chrome and fine details, I was busy fishing around in obscure corners of the … [Read More...]

Detail ICS Magni frame by Giovanni Losa, finished at Ital Cicli Systems atelier Zurich

Ital Cicli Systems PEP Magni custom bicycle by Giovanni Losa

Ital Cicli Systems Zurich bicycle company forged their beginnings in the mid 1970’s. This now defunct Swiss bicycle company is best known for their engineering innovation and penchant for decorating Italian bicycle frames and components. A deluxe bicycle company providing bespoke bicycles with sumptuous gold and chrome finishes. If ever there was a bicycle engineering and finishing firm … [Read More...]

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles Cadenzia Shimano Dura Ace equipped Di2

Llewellyn Bicycles Custom Cadenzia Di2 Shimano Dura Ace

Buying a bicycle can sometimes become very personal, the bike itself taking on a different meaning for each rider. Last year both Bob Christiansen and myself, took delivery of two completely different Llewellyn Custom Bicycles, these bikes produced in Darrell McCulloch’s suburban Brisbane bespoke bicycle building workshop. Bob’s custom Cadenzia is a Dura Ace Di2 equipped Llewellyn bike, the first … [Read More...]

One of Arthur's warnings to other cyclists, "Stolen from". A very well read copy of Ernie Old's book By Bread Alone.

Ernie Old Cycling “By Bread Alone”

When Ernie Old told his story about the Australia he loved and his experience on a gruelling overland bicycle trek, Ernie wrote “The bush is so old, that one loves to come here to lounge and dream. The soft-toned Australian bushland with it’s grey-green smokey-tinted foliage …. misty rustling woods and pale sky …. Time means nothing here.” Ernie’s time began in 1874 as a twin born into a … [Read More...]

Legend Bicycles by Bertoletti. Custom HT 9.5

Legend Bicycles

Introducing Legend When you order a Legend Bicycle by Marco Bertoletti, you can visit Bertoletti’s factory in Lombardia and watch while your new custom bicycle is being made. Access to Legend is controlled by heavily constructed galvanised steel gates, at Viale Maggio in the industrial area of Presezzo west of Bergamo. Next to the street number 13, there’s a sign which reads “Attenti Al Cane”, … [Read More...]

Cipollini Saeco Cannondale Caad 4, build by Adam Pelzer

Cipollini Saeco Cannondale Caad 4

Adam Pelzer has been riding and racing on Cannondale CAAD series bikes since he first lined up to race in the 1990's. Still racing today on a CAAD 5 with modern spec SRAM and Zipp components, Adam is also an avid bike restorer. Working in the bike industry as well as racing has been a major part of Adam's life, he currently works at Craftworx, a specialised wheel building business operating on the … [Read More...]

The first race for a new Armidale Cycling Club in 1975. From this race the Armidale Police Citizens Boys Club Cycling Club was formed.

Forty Years Of Cycling

Four decades of cycling that's the number that ticked over for me this week. I’d never counted the few years before, when I'd ridden a burnt orange coloured Malvern Star dragster to school. Racing changed everything. Once I’d turned the pedals for nine miles in my first bicycle race there was no turning back, bikes have been part of my life ever since. The significant moment came on the fourth of … [Read More...]

The Bianchi X4 fork crown underwent a dramatic transformation. The previous, beautiful vivid dark blue paint colour was let down by sub standard workmanship.

When The New Dog Digs Up The Old Dog Part 5

The Bianchi X4 Diaries Part FIVE Now we’re up to Part Five of the Bianchi X4 diaries, back in Part One I promised only three editions. It soon became evident that there was more to digging up this old dog than we ever imagined. I'd even thought at one time of painting the X4 frame to represent a version of an Argentin Bianchi X4. If only I knew what I’d got myself into, but then again it … [Read More...]

Stef's Bianchi Argentin X4, showing the two major differences to other Bianchi X4 bikes. The external fork crown with engraving that you'd expect to find on an internal Bianchi X4 fork crown. Different top eyes, no engraved and gold painted cursive Bianchi script.

Specialissima Bianchi X-4 Argentin

Stef dropped me a line and some pictures of his Bianchi Argentin X4, with a question …. “hello,i’m from belgium and this is a great input to read !, i was longtime searching for a bianchi argentin, I finally find one but i dont know if it is the real thing,can you help me ? because some parts are not pantographed in the same way on the frame ,if you can help me,how can i send you pics ? many … [Read More...]