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11

Jul
2014

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In Lovely Bikes
The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Showing off

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If the swap is the bustling marketplace of Pushies, then the show ‘n’ shine is the gallery. A reverent place where people can view and reflect on some beautiful objects. It’s free to put your bike into this year’s show ‘n’ shine, just make sure you go through the registration tent to get yourself appropriately acknowledged. Jason and Sally from Studio 60 photography will have a photo booth on the day to take a portrait of you and your bike.

The categories for the show ‘n’ shine are:

  • BMX Vintage – 1970 to 1980.
  • BMX Old School – 1980 to 1986.
  • BMX Mid School- 1987 to 1996.
  • Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Live the dream: t-bar shifters, sissy bars, banana seats etc.
  • Kids – Decorate your bike. Express yourself!
  • Ladies – Bikes designed specifically for women: mixtes, step-throughs etc.
  • Track – A bike one rides on the track.
  • Road – Drop bars, STI, ergos, DT shifters, all comers.
  • Knobbly Tyres- Off-roaders: cyclocross, mountain bikes.
  • Cargo/Utility – Commuters, porteurs, townies, rack bikes. Load carrying machines.
  • Antique – Anything pre-1920
  • Vintage – The old stuff post-1920
  • Made in BNE – Brisbane represent. Old and new. From Llewellyns to Tom Wallace Specials.

Each year, we try and get the mix right between having a lot of bikes per category and not having enough. It’s always a juggling act, so we hope the categories can accommodate everyone’s bike(s). We award prizes for each category, but we like to promote the spirit of participation. All bikes are beautiful and this is a chance to celebrate them in all their forms. Here’s some info and pics from last year.

There is a people’s choice award, so make sure you have your say on which bike you like the best.

If you have bikes you want to enter in the show ‘n’ shine, please be at the entrance by 9:30am. We’ll bump you in then so people can see your bikes when the gates open at 10am.

 

 

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21

Jul
2013

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The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Pushies portraits

On 21, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes, The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

This year we had the wonderful Annie Te Whiu photographing show ‘n’ shine entrants. With a suitably retro background, we captured the people and their bikes for posterity. You can find pictures all about it here.

 

 

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05

Jul
2013

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Show off

On 05, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

Let’s face it. We live in a capitalist paradise. One of our main ways to say, “I’m awesome,” is to show off our purchases. We are what we buy. In the case of the Pushies show ‘n’ shine, we also are what we hoard, restore and obsess over.

The show ‘n’ shine is one of my favourite parts of Pushies. There is something simple and lovely about someone standing next to their bike with a big grin on their face.

Here’s some of the show ‘n’ shiners from last year. These excellent photos were taken by Andy White.

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The categories are the same as last year, with one glaring addition. Due to popular demand, we’ve put in a knobbly tyres category. Vintage mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, 29ers and the like represent.

  • BMX Vintage – 1970 to 1980.
  • BMX Old School – 1980 to 1986.
  • BMX Mid School– 1987 to 1996.
  • Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Ape hangers? Banana seat?  Sissy bar? This one’s for you.
  • Kids – Decorate your bike. Express yourself!
  • Ladies – Step throughs, mixtes, basket bikes and the like.
  • Track – Track, not tarck, bikes.
  • Road – Steel, carbon, aluminum. Just give it drops and gears.
  • Knobbly Tyres– Mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes. Yes, we heeded your calls.
  • Cargo/Utility – Commuters, porteurs, townies, rack bikes. Anything designed to get you from A to B while carrying a load.
  • Antique – Anything pre-1920
  • Vintage – The old stuff post-1920
  • Made in BNE – Fine examples of local handiwork. Old and new. From Llewellyns to Tom Wallace Specials.

Entry is $2 per bike. Arrive at 9:30am to get registered and get your bike on to the green. For your troubles, we’ll look after your bike all day, and you get a lovely portrait taken of you and each bike upon entry.

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02

Dec
2012

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By Gavin Bannerman

The Bicycle Market

On 02, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

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Every weekend, people get up early, gather their granny trolleys and go to the markets. “Market people” go because they don’t want to be forced into shopping at Coles/Woolworths, they want good produce and they want to do it in a social atmosphere. South Melbourne is home to a very good food market, but this weekend it’s also hosting a very good bicycle one too.

The Australian Custom Bicycle Show (a Fyxo Production) is really a farmer’s market for bikes. If you don’t want to support homogenous products (tomatoes that all look the same, frames that all ride the same) and you want to talk to the producer, this is a good place to do it.

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I went along on Saturday and I have to say it was a real buzz for me personally. I’ve individually interviewed Joe Cosgrove, Ewen Gellie, Darrell McCulloch and Darren Baum – all exhibitors. And I’ve also had the pleasure of getting Keith Marshall and Mick Peel in on the Pushies Galore act. So to see all of these fantastic, often solitary people in the one spot, having their products appreciated, that just gives me a special warm feeling.

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Locally grown fruit and vegetables might cost you a bit more than imported produce – but it tastes better. Buying a frame from your local framebuilder used to be the normal thing to do. If you lived in Brisbane and you were really keen, you went to Hoffy or Tom Wallace. In Melbourne, you had a range of options, from Ken Evans to Kypo. Then imports became easier to get and globalised distribution had its effect. I see this show as an attempt to re-establish that broken link. Bravo to Andy White for putting it on.

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Many of these framebuilders, when I’ve spoken to them, have said how they want their customers to keep and cherish their bikes for 20 years or more. They want them to last and develop over time. In some ways, this is contrary to how many businesses operate. The basic idea is that you want to maximise how many of your products people have to buy. Hence you get the dreaded “planned obsolescence” and the push to get the 2013 model with slight cosmetic differences to the previous year’s effort. I like this approach – it shows a respect for the customers and displays how much these people care about what they make. I don’t think they’re doing themselves out of business, they’re doing themselves into it.

Outside the show, I ran into a guy (I am so sorry I’ve forgotten your name) with his father’s Hoffy track frame. One custom frame passed down through the family. Maybe a couple of the bikes featured in this show will be parked outside ACBS 2032. Let’s hope so.

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Later in the afternoon, I stopped by another celebration of bicycles. The FOA Show ‘n’ Shine had quite a few bikes made by ACBS exhibitors. As somebody mentioned at the show, “how many Giants are in the Show ‘n’ Shine?” Custom bikes are made to last and be appreciated. This event was testament to that.

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See a whole stack more photos of the weekend’s events here and here.

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