While cruising around Sydney’s CBD at lunchtime today, I found myself moaning moaning about how dull, cold and monotone the city can be, especially in winter. Suddenly, between the black-suited pedestrians and streams of traffic, a blur of color caught my eye. It was Brettski, a bike courier who has been serving Sydney for over 25 years. He’s always dressed like a 90s domestique, clean shaven and riding one of his faithful steel steeds. I’d like to photograph he and his bikes one day, because he’s the perfect candidate for the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame.
“The Urban Cycling Hall Of Fame serves to spotlight the history and rich culture of cycling in the city. To date we have had hundreds of nominations for potential inductees, the window for this years nominations is closing quick. There will also be a physical Hall Of Fame that will be unveiled at Interbike and we are putting a call out to the community at large for submissions. These items can either be donated or put on loan, we are trying to build the larger collection of Urban Cycling Memorabilia in the world.
Some awesome items have been collected so far, we have Lucas Brunelle’s entire spoke card collection (which is massive). We also have artwork from Greg Ugalde who’s fine work has graced nearly every major Alley Cat in NYC for the last decade including Monster Track. Brad from Urban Velo donated the first Ghost Bike Sign ever made. A wide variety of other items have been donated and we have Chrome’s RV out on the road doing Collection Sessions in major cities.
We are looking for items that tell the story in every city, from bicycle activism, to races and everything in between. The Hall Of Fame is for everyone, and we want to make sure everyone is represented.
If folks have anything they are interesting in submitting for consideration it can be done by emailing your submissions here or posting them on Instagram and tagging them with @UrbanCyclingHOF and the hashtag #uchof. We need to communities support in order to ensure that nothing is left out and the collection continues to grow over the years.”
I’m looking forward to seeing how big this collection grows. I’m going to submit my collection of SYDBMA fanzines. And a portrait of Brettski. Special thanks to Ugalde for the artwork, which I’ve always been in awe of and Squid, for the patch.