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18

May
2015

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In Lovely Bikes
The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Poster Bike 2015

On 18, May 2015 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes, The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

Each year we put a lot of thought into our poster bike. We try and make sure each year is a little bit different, but still true to the local-made ethos Pushies Galore is about. Previous poster bikes have included a Bon-Ton gents bike made in Ipswich, a Llewellyn track bike made in Everton Hills and a Super L.A. BMX made in Woodridge. The very first bike featured didn’t have the local flavour, though it was a particularly nice Colnago. As you can tell, the graphic design standards improved once the professionals took the reigns after the first year.

 

This year’s bike was an easy choice. When people talk about Brisbane-made bikes, there are a few names that have high awareness across Australia. Hoffy Cycles from Sandgate is one of those iconic Brisbane builders.

I’ve done a bit over the years on Hoffy, including interviewing Eric Hendren and putting up copies of Eric’s order books. It’s been interesting to note over the last few years, just how many times these books and the video get included in online sales listings. I think it’s for good reason: people want to connect with a little bit of Brisbane and Australia’s cycling history, and you can’t get much more genuine than Hoffy Cycles.

The hardest part was choosing which Hoffy to profile. I’d taken photos of an amazing Hoffy/Hendren “street tracker” a couple of years ago.

 

But a visit to the still-running Hoffy Cycles shop late last year put forward another candidate. John Harman has been working as a mechanic at Hoffy for donkey’s years. His beautiful road bike, built by Eric Hendren, was sitting out on display. The thing I love about this bike is that it looks so ride-able, but it looks so good: “everyday special” you could call it.

 

 

John told us the story about asking Eric for the bike to be painted in the famous Bianchi celeste. Eric mixed some paint to produce this colour: it’s definitely not celeste, but it sure looks good on a poster. Coming to good cafes, bike shops and drink establishments near you.

Pushies Galore 2015

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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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