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Pushies Galore 2013

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What

That unique Pushies Galore experience. Part bike swap, part bike show, all goodness. If you like bikes, or just hanging out in Brisbane’s perfect winter weather, this event is for you. This write-up from last year gives you a good idea of what to expect. This is the third annual Pushies Galore.

When

Sunday 14 July 2013, 10am – 4pm.

Where

The home of Brisbane bike shows: Holland Park Bowls Club, Abbotsleigh Street, Holland Park.

Entry cost

All access pass to fun is $2 per person.

Program

Want to sell bike parts? Want to tear it up on a penny farthing? Want to show off your two-wheeled pride and joy? We’re here for you. 

  • 09:30 – Entry for show ‘n’ shine entrants and swap stall holders
  • 10:00 – Open!
  • 10:30 – Kids dress up your bike workshop
  • 11.00 – Live music
  • 12.00 – Kids bike parade
  • 12:45 – Penny farthing demonstration
  • 13.00 – Live music
  • 14:00 – Show ‘n’ shine winners announced, lucky door prize winner announced
  • 15:00 – Roller racing commences

Show ‘n’ shine

Got a bike you’re particularly proud of? Go on, show it off. There is a show ‘n’ shine category for you.  There will be no pre-registration for show ‘n’ shine entrants. Registration will be on the day from 9:30am. Entry for the show ‘n’ shine will be $2 per bike. Everyone gets their portrait taken.

Categories are:

  • BMX Vintage – 1970 to 1980.
  • BMX Old School – 1980 to 1986.
  • BMX Mid School– 1987 to 1996.
  • Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Ape hangers? Banana seat?  Sissy bar? This one’s for you.
  • Kids – Decorate your bike. Express yourself!
  • Ladies – Step throughs, mixtes, basket bikes and the like.
  • Track – Track, not tarck, bikes.
  • Road – Steel, carbon, aluminum. Just give it drops and gears.
  • Knobbly Tyres– Mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes. Yes, we heeded your calls.
  • Cargo/Utility – Commuters, porteurs, townies, rack bikes. Anything designed to get you from A to B while carrying a load.
  • Antique – Anything pre-1920
  • Vintage – The old stuff post-1920
  • Made in BNE – Fine examples of local handiwork. Old and new. From Llewellyns to Tom Wallace Specials.

Bike swap

Clean out the garage, or pack it full with more bike stuff. The choice is yours. Private swappers will get access to the site from 9:30 am, with no need to pre-register. Each spot is $5 per seller.

Trade stalls

These fine businesses and organisations will be on-hand to fulfill your bike-related needs.

Kids’ activities

Kids, bring your bikes along to the dress-your-bike workshop. Then, to wild applause, ride it around a bowling green as part of the bike parade.

Pushies Galore Reading Lounge

Relax into a comfy couch, pull up a fine cycling periodical and immerse yourself in bike history. The Pushies Galore Reading Lounge will feature Hoffy serial number registers, unique bike displays, the finest bike literature and photographic odes to the glory days. Located within the Holland Park Bowls Club, it will be a place to simultaneously unwind and quench one’s thirst for knowledge.

Rollers

River City Rollers will be happening again. See what it’s like to do a flat-out 500m sprint on a stationary bike in a bowls club bar. Rolling from 3pm. Brought to you by Gear Shop Brisbane, Mountain Goat Brewing and Brisbane Outdoor Gear.

Food and drink

Coffee from Kombi Koffein, super-duper barbecue, a vintage Mr Whippy van, wood-fired pizzas, beer from Mountain Goat. You won’t go hungry.

Music

Some great bands to be announced to soundtrack your day.

Prize bike

A very comfy hot-red beach cruiser put together by The Bicycle Revolution is up for grabs. Enter your name and go into the draw. The winner will be announced from 2pm. Check it here.

Handpicked

On Friday 12 July, come along to our opening event, Handpicked, and listen to interesting folk declare their love for bicycles. It will be on at the Holland Park Bowls Club from 6pm. Eat wood-fired pizza, drink small batch beers from Mountain Goat and gaze at a selection of handpicked bike gems.

Side events

On Saturday 13 July, open up your lungs on an iconic group ride. Latest details on the FOA forum. Or go on this vintage BMX ride from Wynnum.

Online Chat

Be all over it, whatever your preferred platform, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, forums or hand-written Post-Its left it phone boxes. Just make sure you use the hashtag #pushiesgalore.

FAQs

What if it rains?

Brisbane is blessed with dry winters – officially the greatest weather in the world, ever. In the freak event of mild precipitation, Pushies Galore is on regardless. Contingencies are in place for such an occurrence.

Is there a group ride to the event?

You betcha. Gather at Cup Coffee, Russell St, West End at 9am to roll with the coolest bunch in town. Or organise your own convoy. The more the merrier.

I feel the urge to drive to a bike event. Where can I park my car?

Some parking will be available in the surrounding streets of Holland Park. Designated parking will also be available in the Meals on Wheels carpark next door.

Will I have ready ATM access to facilitate hasty purchasing decisions?

My word yes. This year there will be an ATM onsite.

Where can I get up-to-the-minute info?

The Pushies Galore Facebook event page is a good starter. See who else is going, get in the conversation, or just loiter around.