Category Archives: Vintage 1950s Speedwell

Bikefest, the round up

I was not able to make it to our local Bikefest, however, my daughter was there as my ambassador and, upon her mentioning to a stallholder she was making purchases from that I was a bike blogger, they gave her … Continue reading

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Some of my favourite biking clothing

Black skirt with coloured tights, and I love this old woollen tartan scarf. The gloves are the only cycling specific part of this outfit. I nearly always wear these sunglasses as they keep the glare (and insects) out of my … Continue reading

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What price for an old bike?

This morning as I was heading out for the day, a man about my age and very well dressed for professional work, called out to me and came running up the footpath, asking me where I got my bike from. … Continue reading

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Biking at 4am

This morning I had cause to ride to the other side of town at 4am … It was a very pleasant ride. The stars were out, there was no wind or rain or traffic (I saw two cars on my … Continue reading

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Shopping in a rush (by bike)

Today I had to make a quick trip to the local shopping centre ¬†and as I was leaving I was cursing the fact that I would have to unlock the bike, put on my gloves and helmet and pack up … Continue reading

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Bicycle bells

There is nothing like the lovely sustained ring of a brass bike bell, and my copper one, shown above, is no exception to this. I also love its coppery colour, which has weathered very well and requires no polishing to … Continue reading

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Urban cycling

When I started having to use Beaumont Street in my transport cycling, I was too nervous about it to cycle in the traffic preferring instead to use the footpath, either cycling slowly or pushing my bike. Once I worked up … Continue reading

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Bicycles as decor

Not having a garage and living in an older home, the storage of the bikes is always a bit of a dilemma. But the front room of our house has a disused doorway which makes it an ideal place for … Continue reading

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Some vintage bike love around Newcastle lately

First cabs off the rank – two Malvern Star mixtes. I was not aware that Malvern Star made mixtes, but I have seen two of them in the past week, this green one outside Maurice’s, which appears to be for … Continue reading

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A mixture of vintage and new: the Speedwell

I had my old Speedwell fitted with a few new parts so it would be a viable bike for ¬†everyday use. I really regretted its having to lose its old world look, but I reconciled myself to that and decided … Continue reading

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