Pushies Galore Brisbane Australia 2013

Brisbane Australia, weather 2013, we used to say about Queensland, beautiful one day perfect the next now it's turned to raining one day shitty like Melbourne the next! Sunday and Pushies Galore looked like being cancelled, it was caning down when I left home, and I got drenched riding over to the Holland Park bowling club. Some of the exhibitors had a hard time reckoning with the weather, deliberating whether or not to put their bikes out on the green, but slowly they appeared while intermittent showers passed over-head. In the end it turned out to be another perfect Queensland day, the sun came out and there was plenty of bike porn to keep bike aficionado's entertained.

At the swap meet in the car park Michael from Brisbane Vintage bicycles had the most unlikely show stopper. Everyone wanted to ride it but no one could, a rusted old dragster that had once been the object of someones demented desire to trick their mates into falling off a bicycle, an extra head tube welded to the original and a couple of toothed cogs joined the two, making it impossible to steer.

Over on the green I naturally gravitated towards the 1980's Italian steel race bikes. There's some enthusiast's who are deadly serious about getting period perfect results, with their re-sprayed restorations. In some cases the paint probably presents better than the original factory coatings. With so many bikes parked up on the bowling green, if you had the time you could shoot away for a month and keep coming away with some absolute crackers. Below you'll find a very brief summary of a small number of my favourites. By no means comprehensive because by the time I'd caught up with friends, about every ten metres you'd walk, I never got round one full lap to see all the bikes.

The Bianchi Mega Pro caught my attention of course, so I had a chat to the owner, who'd just recently had it re-sprayed at Paint My Bike and he reckoned there was still a bit of work to do to get the bike completed. It's a pro-team bike raced by Fungo Artunghi, who'd bought it from Bianchi on a deal at the end of that racing season, and the current owner bought it from Fungo some time after. The resto has seen it re-finished exactly as it was.

A show favourite was Oppy's 1927 motor pace bike, who'd set a pacing record with a 100 mile average of 60.2 miles per hour, put that in perspective in today's measurements, that's a 161 km average @ 96.88 kilometres an hour, with a gear of 176 inches. See the post on Thaddäus Robl‬ to get an idea of how Oppy would have sat behind the pace bike.

Local identity Jack Pesch's race bikes were on show, one built after world war two and the other about 1960, classic examples of the era and still in perfect original condition.

A standout was a completely decked out shearers bike from the first quarter of the twentieth century. Anyone who's read Jim Fitzpatrick's book, "The Bicycle and The Bush", will immediately recognise the significance of this example. I for one appreciated the immense effort the owner went to in order to achieve a period perfect look, in every detail. This was exemplified in the use of an authentic antique bike stand which it stood on.

It was great to see an Australian Army, Malvern Star military bike from 1941. Again complete with all the paraphernalia.

I got to meet one of our Velo Aficionado blog readers in person, Adam. His Graecross rando is represented in the images below.

Another impressive randonneur and one that was ready for delivery to a customer, who waited patiently while I finished photographing his new pride and joy, was built with many hours of considered work by Keith Marshall of Kumo Cycles Canberra. We'll be doing a feature on the Kumo Rando very soon.

Fat bikes were represented by our own Brissie Alaskan adventurerTroy Szczurkowski.

It's here that I've got to thank the hard working team at Pushies Galore led by Richard Butler and Gavin Bannerman. They deliver what has to be the ultimate gift to the Brisbane cycling community. The vibe at Pushies Galore is so relaxed and so much fun, with the emphasis on just that, fun. The Pushies Galore team do their job so well that you can't help but have one hell of a good time.

The image gallery represents just a small sample of the bike porn on tap. Best way to see it next time is in Brisbane July 2014. Enjoy all the images, I had a ball making them, all photos by Robert Cobcroft Hipshots.

 Pushies Galore 2013

Pushies Galore 2013

 Pushies Galore punters

Pushies Galore punters

 Francseco Moser bike lined up in the row of road bikes

Francseco Moser bike lined up in the row of road bikes

 Moser bike

Moser bike

 Francesco Moser bike

Francesco Moser bike

 Eddy Merckx bicycle

Eddy Merckx bicycle

 Eddy Merckx bike

Eddy Merckx bike

 E. Merckx Columbus

E. Merckx Columbus

 Bianchi Mega Pro Specialissima Team Issue Mercatone Uno Team Bike

Bianchi Mega Pro Specialissima Team Issue Mercatone Uno Team Bike

 Bianchi Specialissima Reparto Corse celeste

Bianchi Specialissima Reparto Corse celeste

 Bianchi Specialissima Reparto Corse Mega Pro forks

Bianchi Specialissima Reparto Corse Mega Pro forks

 Bianchi Reparto Corse Mega Pro 

Bianchi Reparto Corse Mega Pro 

 Mega Pro Bianchi Specialissima Mercatone Uno Team Bike

Mega Pro Bianchi Specialissima Mercatone Uno Team Bike

 Campagnolo friction levers Super Record

Campagnolo friction levers Super Record

 Colnago equipped with Campagnolo

Colnago equipped with Campagnolo

 More Colnago 

More Colnago 

 Pantographed Colnago

Pantographed Colnago

 Colnago's all round the paddock

Colnago's all round the paddock

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colnago-master-piu
 Colnago Master

Colnago Master

 Colnago master

Colnago master

 Graecross Vista Tour Randonneur

Graecross Vista Tour Randonneur

 Old bikes stacked up

Old bikes stacked up

 Dragster sold in minutes

Dragster sold in minutes

 Rusted and busted Malvern Star dragster

Rusted and busted Malvern Star dragster

 Ready for the tip but everyone wanted to take this no steer bike home

Ready for the tip but everyone wanted to take this no steer bike home

 Old rooted dragster

Old rooted dragster

 Llewellyn Bikes Darrell McCulloch (right) with John Caskey winner of a best bike prize for made in Brisbane

Llewellyn Bikes Darrell McCulloch (right) with John Caskey winner of a best bike prize for made in Brisbane

 Jack Pesch's 1960 Rocket Cycles details

Jack Pesch's 1960 Rocket Cycles details

 Universal brakes

Universal brakes

 Universal brakes

Universal brakes

 Hand pin lining on a Rocket Cycles racing bike

Hand pin lining on a Rocket Cycles racing bike

 Rocket Cycles with Huret gear shift

Rocket Cycles with Huret gear shift

 Jack Pesch Rocket Cycles details

Jack Pesch Rocket Cycles details

 Rocket Cycles Brisbane

Rocket Cycles Brisbane

 Rocket Cycles head tube

Rocket Cycles head tube

 Rocket Cycles bike raced by Jack Pesch, owner of the Rocket Cycles brand

Rocket Cycles bike raced by Jack Pesch, owner of the Rocket Cycles brand

 Jack Pesch raced on this Rocket Cycles bike back in the 1950's

Jack Pesch raced on this Rocket Cycles bike back in the 1950's

 Jack Pesch's racing bike

Jack Pesch's racing bike

 Jack Pesch Rocket Cycles

Jack Pesch Rocket Cycles

 Hubert Opperman's 100 mile average of 60.20 mph behind a motor bike on a board track

Hubert Opperman's 100 mile average of 60.20 mph behind a motor bike on a board track

 Leather toe straps and star pedals

Leather toe straps and star pedals

 Adjustable handlebar stem on Hubert Opperman's motor pace bike

Adjustable handlebar stem on Hubert Opperman's motor pace bike

 Motor pace Malvern Star ridden by Hubert Opperman

Motor pace Malvern Star ridden by Hubert Opperman

 Wood rims on Hubert Opperman's pacer track bike

Wood rims on Hubert Opperman's pacer track bike

 Hubert Oppermann's track stayer bike by Malvern Star

Hubert Oppermann's track stayer bike by Malvern Star

 Hubert Opperman's star pedals

Hubert Opperman's star pedals

 Hubert Opperman's track motor pace Malvern Star bike

Hubert Opperman's track motor pace Malvern Star bike

 Shearers bicycle

Shearers bicycle

 Bush bike riding setup with all accessories attached to the shearer bike

Bush bike riding setup with all accessories attached to the shearer bike

 Old bike stand with a shearer bike

Old bike stand with a shearer bike

 Shearer bike packed for a mobile working lifestyle riding bikes through flood and drought in outback Australia

Shearer bike packed for a mobile working lifestyle riding bikes through flood and drought in outback Australia

 Jute, leather, rubber and steel on and Australian shearer bike

Jute, leather, rubber and steel on and Australian shearer bike

 Old jute bed roll for Australian bike riding shearer comfort

Old jute bed roll for Australian bike riding shearer comfort

 Shearer bike built for traversing sandy deserts and lonely long bush tracks

Shearer bike built for traversing sandy deserts and lonely long bush tracks

 Wired and string tied leather shearer bike saddle

Wired and string tied leather shearer bike saddle

 Old cork grips on Australian Army bike

Old cork grips on Australian Army bike

 Malvern Star supplied Australian Army bike

Malvern Star supplied Australian Army bike

 Australian military bike World War Two

Australian military bike World War Two

 Leather pouch on Aussie army bike

Leather pouch on Aussie army bike

 World War Two Australian army Malvern Star bicycle

World War Two Australian army Malvern Star bicycle

 Australian army bike 

Australian army bike 

 World War Two Australian Army bicycle

World War Two Australian Army bicycle

 Patebury handmade kangaroo leather toe straps

Patebury handmade kangaroo leather toe straps

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keith-marshall-kumo-bike
 Kumo randonneur by Keith Marshall

Kumo randonneur by Keith Marshall

 Keith Marshall built this constructeur randonneur for a customer who picked the bike up at the show.

Keith Marshall built this constructeur randonneur for a customer who picked the bike up at the show.

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