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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

A sow’s ear

On 28, Jan 2014 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

Some people say you can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse, that you can’t polish a turd, or even roll it in glitter. While a run-of-the-mill road frame might not be a bad as the aforementioned, they are definitely crying out for some loving. Languishing in garages, sitting on curbside pickups, getting tossed at the tip, your honest road frame from the 70s-80s is due for a revival.

We’re talking your Repco Traveller, your old Ricardo or Speedwell. That bike that was good in its day, not a world beater, but an honest 10 or 12-speed tryer.

It’s time to give the old bike a facelift.

Last year, we had a BMX build-off competition for Pushies Galore. There were some astounding results, including Lixy’s prize-winning bike and this Rubik’s Cube-inspired build.


This year, the “base elements” will be a 70s or 80s road bike. The end result is only constrained by your imagination: coaster hub “street tacker”, loaded touring bike, pimped out dragster or classic roadie. To enter, head over to the build-off site: get registered, get building, go into the running to win sweet prizes.

To give you an idea of where to start, here’s a very rudimentary Speedwell, the perfect doer-upper.

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