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05

May
2015

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In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Pushies Road Trip

On 05, May 2015 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

The idea had been brewing for a while. We just had to make it happen. A fairly simple premise: a mini-van, a notable bike collection and some refreshment stops. Put that together and you’ve got a nice little road trip. On Sunday a group of VBEs (vintage bike enthusiasts) went out to see a great collection. I’ve written about Terry’s collection here before, so I won’t repeat myself too much. Suffice to say, Terry has a wide array of Australian, and Queensland-made bikes. Fairly well-known builders like Hoffy, Rocket and Tom Wallace are widely represented, along with more obscure makers like Bon-Ton in Ipswich, Renoun from Toowoomba and Dart Manufacturing Co. in Brisbane.

Terry road this Dart, around a hundred years old, on a ride from Broken Hill to Bourke – fitted with a non-period, comfy seat, bike computer and bottle cage.

 

 

A good day all round. How often do you get to ride a bike from 1887?

 

A massive thanks to Terry for being so generous in opening up his collection and letting us ride a range of his bikes.

 

 

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06

Apr
2014

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In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Bon-Ton Cycles

On 06, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

Some more information on Bon-Ton Cycles for the history buffs. Lyle Paull kindly sent through these images and articles on Harold Corney and Bon-Ton. By all reports, Harold was a handy cyclist, regularly competing at a high level in 1930s. He even raced and beat the great Huber Opperman over a handicap race in Cairns. This report of him running into a calf mid-race in 1935 is also worth reading. It was in that year that Harold moved to Ipswich and took on the Bon-Ton Cycle Works.

 

Harold Corney article

 

 

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Harold Corney in his racing days

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Loaded touring

 

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Bon-Ton workshop

 

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A junior racer

 

Lyle visited the site of the Bon-Ton Cycle Works to take this picture three years ago. Unfortunately, the old writing has been painted over as part of the Stumps Hotel refurbishment.

 

Bon Ton 7

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04

Apr
2014

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Flying eagle

On 04, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

We’ve always taken the Pushies Galore posters seriously. We try to choose something significant, a bike that has a special connection. In 2011 it was a Colnago road bike with Columbus SLX Spiral Conic tubing. In 2012 it was a Llewellyn track bike made in Everton Hills. In 2013 it was a Super LA BMX made in Woodridge.

This year we’re proud to announce that the poster bike is a Bon-Ton gentlemen’s bike made in Ipswich. The bike was made by Harold Corney in the 1960s. The paintwork on this bike is exquisite, it has a coaster brake (making it so hot right now), it has a lovely dynamo and it has an eagle out front.

There isn’t a lot of information out there about Bon-Ton bicycles. I have found this newspaper article and an interesting oral history transcript referencing Mr Corney. Hopefully this will open the floodgates of information.

 

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