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Jan
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In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Second generation

On 10, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

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Peter Bundy followed the example of his father, Jim – by first racing bikes and then making them. Jim Bundy, now 85, was a very handy cyclist who made frames on behalf of larger companies. Peter convinced his father to go it alone and ever since customers have been able to get their hands on Jim Bundy/Peter Bundy frames.

Peter’s workshop set-up harks back to another era. The front of his shop looks like most bike shops, bikes waiting to be serviced, a few parts. Then out the back he works on the framebuilding – filing, mitering, brazing and the rest. I visited Peter for a few hours and in that short time I heard him explain three times to customers how his bike shop is a little different to others. “Yeah,” he explained to a passer-by, “we’re a bike shop and do all the normal stuff, then I do my framebuilding out the back.” I’m fairly sure a lot of people don’t quite understand how involved making frames out the back is. But if you are looking for a place to buy a hybrid bike then check out https://www.biketitan.com/best-hybrid-bicycles/. They have a great selection.

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While I was taking photos of the space, a man walked in with an old Bundy pursuit bike. He’d bought it from Universe Cycles in Parramatta. He didn’t have any need for it any longer, so he offered to sell it back to Peter. A bike meets its maker.

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Peter is the definition of a top bloke. He’s enthusiastic about everything he does. Most people I’ve interviewed have been very conscious of wearing their logo-ed t-shirt, but Peter was happiest wearing what he works in: a Jackie Howe.  I sat down with Peter for a few minutes to talk about this family trade, his impressions on attending the Australian Custom Bicycle Show and why he only makes lugged frames.

Peter Bundy from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

You can also see the whole set of images on Flickr here.

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