Living with a retro cycling nut is never dull

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Retro cycling is the new buzzword

Living with a retro cycling nut is never dull!

A collector of old bikes, Trevor attends ‘retro’ cycling events, hovers on the ‘buy, swap & sell’ sites, talks a language of geometry, downshifters and gears and frequently moves his much loved specimens on, for the ‘next new love’.

A bike mechanic and enthusiast from his teenage years, past owner of bicycle shops, competitor at track and road racing events, and a National Commissaire (referee), Trevor truly has found his niche!

Q:  How many bikes is enough?

A:  Just one more!

I won’t mention that our cars remain parked outside in the weather!

There are eighteen bikes in our garage, but who’s counting.  There’s even more frames without wheels – future bikes!

Trevor’s collection features retro bicycles of a vintage prior to 1986.

He trolls the ‘buy, swap & sell’ websites for specialist parts and tools with other hardened retro enthusiasts and often drives a hard bargain for valued (often crusty) old bits and pieces to complete his latest project.

Hours of polishing, rebuilding and revamping these often tired, old relics.  He restores, rebuilds and reconstructs them to the glory they once knew and then faces the dilemma of whether to keep them, or to pass them on to another enthusiast who can’t resist.

The Retro Cycling Nut’s Collection

He has a Cinelli, an Olmo, a Lennie Rogers, Vitus, Alan, a Standish, a newly acquired
Gefsco, a Pinarello, Kenevans, a Ricardo, a Clamant, a DeRosa and a Raleigh .. to mention just a few of his treasures that take pride of place in his workspace.

Every year, our annual ritual is to travel to Noosa to attend the Noosa Strade Bianche complete with a bike in tow.

Retro cyclists come from across Australia to ride with other retro nuts.

The weekend is jammed packed with men & women keen to compete – in a social kinda way!

There are uni-cycles, tandems and antique bikes.  With over 150 entries, the event is known for it’s camaraderie and good-natured competition.

It’s not about the race, it’s about the friendships that are made along the way!

It’s a fun weekend where other enthusiasts like Trevor, polish up their ‘latest love’ and proudly display them at the ‘show and shine’.  There’s always a risk that Trev will bring another bike home that he ‘just had to have’.

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