This bike was an eye catcher yesterday at The Vintage Tweed Ride, partly because its name referenced locally famous Fernleigh Track, and partly because of its unusual and understated colour scheme, as well as the distinctive and well-executed font used as you can see above.
A group of us were admiring it before the start of the ride and I thought it had been handmade due to the welding, but it turned out that this was not the case. One person pointed out that the handgrips were made from dumbbell ends. These just added to the quirky style of the bike …
I talked to its owner during the ride and it turns out that the frame was a cheap one from a K-Mart type bike and that the dumbbell handgrips just turned out to luckily fit into the bar ends, creating a unique set of grips. The addition of a leather saddle, conversion to a single speed and new wheels changed the whole look of the bike, along with the paint removal and the green details in what looked to be a type of plastic. I did not get the chance to ask more questions but this bike was a very interesting specimen and uniquely Newcastle. It also shows what can be done with a cheap bike. If its owner is reading, I’d be interested to read more about it in the comments.
Disclaimer: there were SO MANY interesting bikes at the Tweed Ride that I would have loved to write about in more detail but I found that I was distracted with so much happening, it was difficult to focus and to take detailed pictures of the varied and interesting bikes there. The whole day tends to be overwhelming and it is only afterwards that I find myself wishing I’d taken better photos and had more chance to talk to people in meaningful conversation instead of running to the next thing that needed my attention.