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09

Jul
2014

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In Uncategorized

By Gavin Bannerman

Traders

On 09, Jul 2014 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Gavin Bannerman

Each year, we’re excited to give businesses and organisations the opportunity to connect with a new audience. The list of trade stall holders gives a bit of something for everyone. From customised chainrings, to the most durable bags on earth, to organisations that spread the good word on cycling.

Bespoke Chainrings

Bicycle Queensland

Bicycle Revolution

Boogaloo Bamboo Bikes

Brisbane Bicycle Touring Association

Brisbane Outdoor Gear

Brisbane Vintage Bicycles

Craftworx

Electric Bikes Brisbane

F Fast Cycling Club

Gellie Custom

Gear Brisbane

Hicks Sign Co

IC Sports: Rider Bifocal Glasses

Joe Cosgrove Cycle Design

Koiled

Kumo Cycles

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Queensland Penny Farthing and Historical Cycle Club

Rio Tinto Ride To Conquer Cancer

Roberto Custom Powder

I’m particularly excited about the four frame builders we have at this year’s event. Darrell McCulloch from Llewellyn  is a long-time collaborator: we’re tight, he’s at the top of his game. Keith from Kumo just keeps making the drive up from Canberra to show his amazing builds. Word on the street is he has two brand spanking new bikes to show off. Joe Cosgrove from Frezoni/Cycle Design has won a NAHBS award and is a legend of Brisbane cycling. And this year we welcome Ewen Gellie from Melbourne. He’ll be presenting a few of his choicest bikes, demonstrating his experience in mountain biking and engineering industry. Make sure you check out their work. Four of Australia’s finest frame builders in one place.

Have a listen to three of these four frame builders (which reminds me I should interview Keith.)

Darrell McCulloch – Framebuilder from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

Joe Cosgrove – Framepainter from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

Ewen Gellie from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

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13

Jul
2013

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In Happenings
Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Friday night’s a great night for bicycles

On 13, Jul 2013 | One Comment | In Happenings, Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

Last night, Holland Park Bowls Club hosted Handpicked – an entree to the Pushies Galore main course on Sunday.

We had a 1920s shearer’s bike, a beautifully restored curbside find, a Llewellyn randonneur, a Malvern Star ridden by Sir Hubert Opperman, a modern penny farthing, a restored Healing, a Bianchi team bike, our BMX poster bike and a pair of Rockets as built and ridden by Jack Pesch.

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We featured two serial registers belonging for Hoffy Cycles, dating from 1939. You’ll be able to thumb your way through copies on Sunday if you want more info on one of your Sandgate-made bikes.

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And we had chats with three very interesting gentlemen (Warren Meade, Martin Reason and Darrell McCulloch) ranging from the ethics of preservation/restoration to bike infrastructure projects to whether a timber Queenslander is like an old steel frame.

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Warren Meade

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Darrell McCulloch (front)

Thanks to our speakers and guests for a top night of pizza, beer, bikes and great conversation. See the Flickr set for more. Entree served!

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06

Nov
2012

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In Musings

By Gavin Bannerman

Handmade

On 06, Nov 2012 | No Comments | In Musings | By Gavin Bannerman

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Everything is handmade these days – jam, stationery, anything on Etsy – or at least that’s what they say. But how much of what is labelled “handmade” is actually the result of a human being’s own metacarpals? There is a general assumption that handmade is better, that it has more integrity and, through the nature of its imprecise, non-mechanised production, is more unique.

I think for some products, having a handmade product is far more desirable. I would love all of my shoes to be lovingly made by hand and individualised for my two slightly different length feet. But do I need handmade nails for my roof? Do I really care? Not so much.

The upcoming Australian Custom Bicycle Show has really got me thinking about handmade products in the bicycle industry. In relation to bikes, I like a good smattering of handmade products. I don’t mind if my rear derailleur was punched out in a factory in Vicenza or somewhere in South-East Asia. But I enjoy the thought of lovingly crafted bar tape and saddles like those made by Mick Peel. I think Joe Cosgrove’s paint is exceptionally beautiful. Some parts of a bike, you just want them to work, but others you want them to work and look amazing and have “soul”.

Two people that I’ve met in my life whose work most definitely comes under the handmade category are Darrell McCulloch and Stephen Hart.

I’ve interviewed Darrell about his work constructing steel bicycle frames and visited his workshop several times. Through these experiences, I’ve gained an appreciation of how much time it takes to make a Llewellyn frame. Darrell will often point out, amid the current fashionability of framebuilding, that his gig is all about time and hard work. We lust over the end results, but making frames is full of long, tedious toil, mostly done by hand. Filing, then filing some more.

Darrell McCulloch – Framebuilder from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

After visiting Darrell’s workshop for the first time, I was struck with how similar it was to my father-in-law’s studio. Stephen Hart is a sculptor who often creates figures out of wood – hard and soft alike. Stephen actually made a work called “Spent Time” as a reflection of the work that went into it.

SPENT TIME from Alex Chomicz on Vimeo.

I’ve appreciated the lengthy production process first-hand. Stephen is currently working on a series of figures, including one of me holding my son Vincent. Scraping, chipping away timber to make a figure, it’s not so different to Darrell’s filing and polishing. They produce very different outcomes, but certainly, I would call Darrell’s frames and Stephen’s sculptures “handmade.”

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Darrell with frame under construction, BB1521

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Andy and Darrell

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