James Macdonald takes a long-term view on things. When he says everything changed in the bike industry in the 90s, he means the 1890s. He has a collection that virtually documents the development of the bicycle – penny farthings, early safety bicycles, boneshakers, early aluminum experiments.
As part of the Frames exhibition at Pushies last year, you might have seen photos of James’ collection in Toowoomba. James also brought a few prime examples to last years Pushies Galore.
Dean Saffron visited James’ place last year to take photographs, he went out again recently, this time to capture video of this unique collection.
When was the last time you heard someone talk with such authority and understanding? Seeing James talk about the development of bicycles and their place in people’s lives, you can see the statesman at work. I wonder if it’s too late for another leadership coup?
You can see a selection of James’ bicycles at the Tour of Toowoomba this Sunday. He will be organising a display in Queens Park, in the middle of the criterium. Go along for a look, or add your bike to the display. See more details here.