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I live in Newcastle NSW (Australia) and I ride my bike around town for transport.  I also love vintage bikes, especially mine, and have organised several vintage tweed rides. I can see that there is a growing number of cyclists in Newcastle and that with more improvements to the cycling infrastructure here, more people would start cycling on Novocastrian roads and bike tracks.

This blog documents looking at bikes and bike tracks in Newcastle and other places, as well as reflecting on what it is to be a cyclist, and hopefully to encourage more people to start pedalling in Newcastle.

I am a Director at Cycle.org.au

Thank you for reading and commenting. If you wish to contact me about ideas for this blog, you can reach me via the address below or via post comments.

vickidotcoughlan7 at gmaildotcom

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24 Responses to About

  1. Trevor says:

    Check out my classic bike in the Newcastle Beach tunnel http://newcastleproductions.carbonmade.com/projects/3223732#13

  2. love your banner, Speedwell decals make me come over all nostalgic. Not to mention the beautiful frame of the bike in the beautifully framed photo. Lovely site.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for your comment! I love your blog too, I just found it via your comment, I love to read other blogs by people who appreciate old and interesting bikes.

  3. Carlos says:

    Great to see your Blog, as an old Hunter Valley boy I remember always a strong bike/surf culture industry and sport in Newy Heaps of bikes with board trolleys and carriers back to the old Mal days. Sad about the velodrome and so many of the old makers who actually manufactured bikes in Newcastle way back. Check out Pyramid bikes, I have one from the 1920’s. Keep it going

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for the comment Carlos, there is a unique culture here indeed and I want to document it here and hopefully see it change for the better.

  4. Tony MORALES says:

    I have a original 1970’s Malvern Star speed Dragster. I would love to restore the bike to it’s original glory. The guards and rims need to be re-chromed alone with the handle bar. I want a good job done and I was wondering if someone could tell me who does a great job. I have looked at some blogs about a place in Hamilton and Cardiff, they don’t seem to get a good rap. I would really appreciate some help. Many Thanks.

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Tony, sorry I didn’t reply earlier, I’ve had a few internet woes. I haven’t had any rechroming done so can’t recommend anyone to do this, maybe some other readers have? I was thinking of rechroming my handlebars and got some quotes but did not go ahead with it, I like the character of the chipped chrome I have decided. It was about $60 for the handlebars.

      • Jess says:

        The quote was from hamIlton chrome. I’m not sure of their quality, but have seen them advertised on car enthusiast sites. Maybe a good idea to go into their place on Denison street and check out their product.

      • Vicki says:

        Thanks Jess. Tony, I hope this info is helpful and I look forward to hearing how they are.

  5. Tony says:

    Many Thanks Vicki. I know it’s very expensive but it will be a long term project. I will make a few more inquiries at some of the bike shops.

  6. Tony says:

    I am going down to Hamilton on Monday to see how much they charge. If I go ahead with the project I will let everyone on the site know how it went . Many thanks

  7. Neville Cooper says:

    just read your story on your father from Macksville. My parents were from Macksville! and we still often head up to see family in Eungai and Kempsey…. Love the photo of your father on his bike. Such a beautiful part of the world.

    • Vicki says:

      Both my parents are from that area and I was born in Macksville. It is beautiful up there and we may even be related!

      • Neville Cooper says:

        My Grand parents were Lenus and Mizpah Stace, they had 3 daughters Eileen, patricia and Gloria. They have all passed sadly. I am sure your father would have known them.
        Gloria married Lester Cooper and Eileen was an Unteriner. Maybe your partents knew them?
        Neville x

      • Vicki says:

        I’ll ask them Neville, some of those names are familiar to me.

  8. Neville Cooper says:

    No worries … what a chance to find out that information… all through a photograph!

    • Vicki says:

      Hi again Neville, I just consulted my copy of Foods of the Nambucca Valley, a publication of the historical society and it mentions Adam Unterrheiner and that he was from Germany and had a vineyard in North Macksville and made wine there. It gives the method of making the wine and it sold for four shillings per gallon. Vicki

  9. Vicki says:

    Hi Neville, my father knows quite a lot about your family. He said your grandfather Len drove the steamroller for the local council – that probably impressed him as a young man. He also said that the Untermeyer (not sure if that is the correct spelling) farm adjoined his family farm – his name is Osborne Field and the farm was owned by three Field brothers, Jim Field was his father. The Field farm is in the background in the photo you looked at on this blog. My father did deliveries to your grandparents farm on the bike in the photo too. He wants to know where you live now and where does the Cooper family come from? he said the Coopers he knew lived near the river in Macksville. He has written some history for the local historical society there and said there is a photo of your grandfather Len in one of their publications.

  10. Neville Cooper says:

    Hi Vicki!
    WOW Vicki thank you for all that information!
    My great grandfather was called Lidge cooper, I know Cooper street in Macksville was named after him. Not much else to my knowledge on him.
    I live now in Tighes Hill, Newcastle. My email is nevillecooper63@bigpond.com and you can email anytime if that is easier for you.
    I have a photo of my grandfather driving the steamroller you are talking about!
    I am also related to Cath Giles I think her husband was Cedrick? Im not sure on how were related but can find out.
    Would love a copy of the local history publication do you know were I can purchase one from?
    I will also see if I can find out were the Coopers are from, I still have an Uncle (dads brother) Ivan in Macksville, and Cliff, dads other brother is still in Warrell Creek. Any of the Uneterrheiner’s are related to me.
    How fascinating is this that I found all this information with a search for macksville 1950’s!
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Nev

  11. Ziggy O. says:

    Hi Vicky.We down here in Wollongong admire your blog and enjoy the comments. We enjoy working on bikes and Bill has over 1000 in various stages of repair, so if you need spares we may have them.Just contact Bill the bike man on 0427998379 Cheers Ziggy & Bill.

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Ziggy and Bill, thanks for your comment and your kind words about the blog. I’ll let you know, sometimes I get enquiries from readers so if appropriate I can refer them to you. Vicki

  12. Mark Wilkinson says:

    gday vicki my name is mark wilkinson i now live in tenambit a suberb of maitland and have a few dragster pushies from the 70s some restored some original .i love taking a ride along the newcastle foreshore on one of my bikes having a beer and feed along the way i was just wandering if this is something that a group of like minded do cheers

    • Vicki says:

      Hi mark, I am organising a vintage spring ride on 14 September, start at nobbys at 8.30am then ride along throsby creek ending with a Free breakfast, all free, for bike week, you should join us. I’ll put up more info very soon. Vicki

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