It’s difficult to believe a whole year has passed since the 2013 edition of the Sydney Classic Bicycle Show, but there we were: both familiar and new faces, drawn together by the love of the Beautiful Bicycle to the grounds of that hallowed loop, the Canterbury Velodrome.
Once again, it was a bright, hot and humid Saturday, perfect weather for showing off polished steel and a wide spectrum of retro paint schemes. Once again, the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club hosted a spectacular show which demonstrated Sydney’s undeniable fondness for cycling.
It seemed that every era of cycling was represented, although the last ten years were symbolised by the craft of the modern custom frame builder like Kumo Cycles. Almost every major nation was too, by exotic Italians, a carbon Kestrel, regal Claud Butlers, French LOOK and Peugeot.
Most encouraging, however, was the prevalence of the Australian frame builder: Paino, Concecaio, Jim and Peter Bundy and the little known but incredible McLachlan. Again, Kumo Cycles can be added to this list, as can Richard Walker and the reborn Clamont brand and Geoff Scott.
The Swap Meet revealed a goldmine of parts, frames and apparel, while track racing whipped around above our heads. Sausage sandwiches were consumed and beers were drunk, friends were made and acquaintances were rekindled, on what was another awesome day on the lawn.
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