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25

Jul
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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Five down

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It’s a different experience writing the Pushies Galore wrap two weeks on. I’ve been more delayed than usual in giving an overview of what happened; in some ways the post-event buzz has worn off, but I think in its place is some greater understanding.

Sunday 12 July, our fifth Pushies Galore. People often ask me what Pushies is like, and why it’s held annually. “It’s kind of like the Ekka,” I reply. It’s just on the calendar now, people kind of expect it and little rituals around the day are slowly forming. And just like the Ekka it can be windy. Not gentle breeze windy, but pick-up-marquees-from-park-next-door-at-3am windy.

It’s tricky to remember real specifics from the day, but my strongest impressions were about the kids’ parade – that was a blast – and what we call, in Dennis Denuto style “the vibe.” There is just this little sweet spot in the day, generally around 1pm or so where it just reaches a crescendo. All the components (the show, the swap, the stalls, the trade) all come together in perfect harmony. The sausages taste the best, the second hand cranks become cheaper, the stands become more enticing, the show bikes start to glitter and the band picks up.

In terms of quantifiable aspects of the day, the Lions Club, Yeronga Flood Centre and Kurilpa Community Childcare made a combined $3600 out of the day and a record $14,500 was withdrawn from the ATM and 190 bikes were entered in the show ‘n’ shine.

We stress that Pushies is all about celebrating bikes in all guises, but we do give out some certificates to those bikes our judges think are particularly nice. The following people achieved some kudos:

 

Antique – Lyle Paull

Vintage – Alan Telfer

Track – Alan Telfer

Road – Rob Cobcroft

Made in BNE – Owen Ronalds

Cargo/Utility – Zac Nedwich

MTB/Knobbly Tyres – Brad Norman, Kids – Oliver Norman

Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Kevin McLean

BMX New School – Lix North

BMX Mid School – Liam Rogers

BMX Old School – Nick Goh

BMX Vintage – Gavin Anderson

 

People’s Choice

 

You can check out plenty more bike portraits here.

And finally, this day wouldn’t be possible without everyone involved in organising and running Pushies Galore: Richard and Erin, Baxter, Archie, Leroy, the Butler and Sullivan families, every volunteer that sweated it out and everyone that came to enjoy the fun. Thank you, it was great. Five down.

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17

Jul
2014

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In Lovely Bikes
The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Just to recap…

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Each year we’ve hoped for clear weather, and this year we got it. Standing out on the green just before sunrise, listening to the kookaburras waking up, and looking at the clear sky above, I knew we’d be in for a good one.

The day didn’t disappoint. It was our biggest and best Pushies Galore yet. This is the fourth year we’ve run it and I like to think it shows in the little refinements we’ve made through the years.

Let’s quickly start with the thank yous: Richard and Erin make Pushies happen, full stop, so with out them, nothing would get done. Both of their extended families pitch in tremendously through the day: from manning the merch tent, to putting up marquees, to running the sound. The houses Butler and Sullivan make the day tick.

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The volunteers of the day were tremendous. I don’t want to leave anybody out, but Hicksy, Adrian, Michael, Gypsy, Keith, Malcolm, Brad and Matt who travelled all the way from Wooli, were outstanding. Everyone in yellow was a star and I thank them profusely.

So now, a few highlights throughout the day. The kids/vintage parade ride around the green was spectacular. Mixing dressed-up kids bikes with penny farthing riders was surprisingly seamless. The display of shearer’s bikes inside the clubhouse was a little gem. Bikes built for utility and ridden for many a miles, they stood out as honest objects.

Andy Rogers’ display of photos from cyclocross action down south had people asking just how we managed to run Bowl-O-Cross at the same venue as Pushies.

A special mention should go to the band Reel to Real who kept everyone entertained through the day. The drinks and food were a hit. Kombi Koffein were extracting all day, the Green Beacon kegs all got drained, the Yeronga Community Centre BBQ sold out of hamburgers, kimchi and cheddar jaffles blew minds and everyone had ice-cream.

Now, on to the bikes. We had more show ‘n’ shine bikes than ever before, across all of the categories. I thank everyone for generously putting their bikes up for display. Sally and Jason from Studio 60 were troopers documenting people and their bikes all day. Stay tuned for those portraits – they’ll be coming soon.

The swap was big, with some feverish activity early. Judging by the withdrawals at the ATM inside the clubhouse ($13,500) a few people must have unloaded some stuff.

The trade was extremely strong: frame builders’ corner saw the lovely handiwork of some brand new builds and some old favourites. People grabbed plenty of bargains and got to have a chat with some of people that actually made their products.

It was a special day: a great vibe, good people and good bikes. At the conclusion of the day, we awarded some prizes for the bikes presented on the day. Although every bike is special and has its own charm, we thought these bikes were deserving of special praise. A big thanks to our special guests Greg Softley and Dan Hale for coming up for the event too.

The category winners were:

 

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BMX Vintage – Nate Preston

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BMX Old School – Craig Fisher

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BMX Mid School – Steve Sullivan

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Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Scott Lynch

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Kids – Rob Walker

Ladies – Graeme Meade

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Track – Brad Marshall

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Road – Ben Smith

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Knobbly Tyres – Rachael Edwards

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Cargo/Utility – Ben Kamenjas

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Antique – Lyle Paull

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Vintage – Alan Telfer

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Made in BNE – Hugh Bekkers

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Miscellaneous – Aaron Lynch

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Pushies Galore Build-Off (1st) – Kevin Slogrove

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Pushies Galore Build-Off (2nd) – Clint Slogrove

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Pushies Galore Build-Off (3rd) – James Robbie

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People’s Choice – Aaron Lynch

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Prize Bike Winner – Anthony Fletcher

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14

Jul
2014

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Done and dusted

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Pushies Galore 2014 has come and gone. Of the four years, yesterday was probably the best weather we’ve had. People responded, with the biggest turn out yet. It was a magical day. A full write-up is in the works, with category winners and the portraits.

I would like to thank Richard Butler and his wife Erin, their families, the tireless volunteers, Holland Park Bowls Club, the trade, the swappers, the showers and the attendees. It really was special.

These first two pictures pretty much some up why I love this event and why I continue doing it: a father: the first image of a father wheeling his son around, purchased frame attached to the back; and an image that just says “end of the day,” my son Vincent playing with the thrown out ice in the afternoon sun.

Thank you everyone and see you next year.

Gavin.

 

 

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24

Jul
2013

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

The event that was

On 24, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

Well Pushies Galore 2013 is all wrapped up. I’ve heard some amazing stories associated with the day. One demonstrating outstanding commitment to Pushies: a lady riding to Pushies (commendable, given it was pretty miserable weather), having a mishap, breaking her arm, going to hospital and then making it for the afternoon. There surely has to be a prize category for that next year.

Then there was the people’s choice winner. Apparently Jeremy Moo has attended the Pushies events from 2011 and 2012, accruing parts for his prize-winning build. Truly a bike that came out of Pushies Galore.

I also happened upon a great story on Rob Cobcroft’s Velo Aficionado blog. Shaun Cruickshank came to Pushies in 2012. He had a talk to Keith of Kumo Cycles, and like most of us, fell for his framemaking aesthetic. A few months later, he put in an order for a custom Kumo randonneur. After a gestation period of around six months, Keith delivered the bike to the proud new owner at Pushies Galore this year.

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The prize winners for the show ‘n’ shine were:

  • BMX Vintage – Glynn Hicks
  • BMX Old School – Ryan Hayes
  • BMX Mid School– Dennis Caddy
  • Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Aiden Watson
  • Ladies – Rachael Knowles
  • Track – Adrian Knowles
  • Road – Alan Telfer
  • Knobbly Tyres– Brad Norman
  • Cargo/Utility – Justin Bennett
  • Antique – Sally Dillan
  • Vintage – Daniel Angus
  • Made in BNE – John Caskey
  • BMX Build-Off – 1st Lix Bacskay, 2nd Michael Grunske, 3rd Michael Saunders
  • People’s Choice – Jeremy Moo

These great photos were taken by Yan Chen.

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BMX Vintage – Glynn Hicks

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BMX Old Shool – Ryan Hayes

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Cruiser/Rat/Dragster – Aiden Watson

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Ladies – Rachael Knowles

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Track – Adrian Knowles

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Road – Alan Telfer

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Knobbly Tyres – Brad Norman

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Cargo/Utility – Justin Bennett

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Antique – Sally Dillan

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Vintage – Daniel Angus

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Made in BNE – John Caskey

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BMX Build-Off 1st – Lix Bacskay

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BMX Build-Off 2nd – Michael Grunske

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BMX Build-Off 3rd – The Saunders

 

People’s Choice – Jeremy Moo

We also had a very excited winner of the Pushies Galore prize bike. The first name out of the hat didn’t pick up their mobile – second time’s a charm.

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So there you have it, another glut of bike love over. Pushies 2014 will most certainly be on, stay tuned for that. There will also likely be another Bowl-O-Cross event and some swap meets in the works too. Keep the love going on Facebook, Twitter, all good forums or just shout it out to your fellow cyclists on the road.

Thanks,

Gavin.

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15

Jul
2013

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Thank you

On 15, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

One day, we’ll get a Pushies morning without rain. Three years, three drizzly mornings. Sunday 14 July 2013, however, was the wettest of the lot. At 8:30am, we were faced with the question: “do we go ahead?” We had to ask ourselves if people would come, what would be the chance of getting everything back for a re-run. In the end, we decided to press ahead. And, aren’t we glad. It was a wonderful day.

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A full write-up of prize winners and highlights will be forthcoming, but some notable mentions should be made. The generous souls that put their show bikes out in the drizzle were amazing. The penny farthing riders were monumental. The parading kids were stars. The swap stall holders were out bigger than ever. The trade never relented in putting the customer first. The food vendors pumped it out all day. The musicians kept spirits high.

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But Sunday would not have been the same without the punters. People that didn’t have a stake in the show ‘n’ shine, visitors that may have come for the first time, and those that have been there from the start. From all of the organisers and volunteers, we can’t express how amazing you were. You braved it in the rain. You came and you made it the day it was.

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Annie Te Whiu tirelessly captured the day. I think it amazingly captures a specific place at a specific time. See the whole set here on Flickr. If you came, there’s a fair chance you’re featured.

The effort that goes into Pushies Galore is phenomenal. It really is a group effort. Richard, Erin, the Butler family, the Sullivan family, extended crew members, volunteers – they make sure this event runs. It is on behalf of these people, that I want to wish everyone a heartfelt thank you.

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