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In Musings

By Gavin Bannerman

Vale James Macdonald

On 06, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In Musings | By Gavin Bannerman

Queensland’s cycling community has lost one of its great characters. James Macdonald passed away on 4 February 2014.

To describe James simply as a collector does not adequately describe how deeply bikes infused his outlook on life. He had a deep understanding of history and people. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of cycling history and was a firm believer that bikes were there to be ridden. He will be greatly missed by all bike lovers. Anyone that met James will never forget him. Our sincerest wishes go to his family.

Dean Saffron created a video of James. If you’ve not seen it, I recommend you do. If you have seen it, take a few minutes to remember a remarkable man. See it here.

In the video, James gives the following observation, “these bikes are immortal; we’re all going to die but they’re going to go on.”

Thank you James.

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In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

James for PM

On 08, May 2013 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes, Musings | By Gavin Bannerman

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.


The Spokesman from dean saffron on Vimeo.

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