Retro bikes dusted off for cy­cling show

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS AND SAM HEWAT

A group of cy­cling mad mates have come to­gether to show­case bike rid­ing from a by­gone era.

More than 200 steel-frame bikes, all dat­ing be­fore the 1990s, were on dis­play at the in­au­gu­ral Retro Rouse in Free­man’s Bay on Satur­day.

Prin­ci­pal or­gan­iser Shane Good­win said with so many in­cred­i­ble bikes be­ing stashed away in garages, he and four friends thought it was worth bring­ing them all to­gether.

Good­win said many of the bikes re­flected cy­cling in the 1970s and 80s, the era in which he grew up rid­ing in.

‘‘I think it’s the great­est era of the sport, it’s a lot more real than it is to­day,’’ he said.

‘‘The way the bikes were made, all the crafts­man­ship and com­po­nen­try, they weren’t masspro­duced.’’

Or­gan­iser Steve Thomp­son has col­lected more than 90 retro bikes and had about 30 of them on dis­play at Retro Rouse.

He said bikes from pre­vi­ous eras tended to have dis­tinc­tive de­signs as they didn’t need to meet par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments for rac­ing.

‘‘They all look the same now, you look around here to­day and they’re all pretty dif­fer­ent and that’s the beauty of it,’’ Thomp­son said.

‘‘In the 80s and 90s you could build what­ever you wanted, there were ba­si­cally no re­stric­tions. So that was the dif­fer­ence, you could have any­thing.’’

Thomp­son said this can be seen in retro fea­tures such as small front wheels and curved top tubes.

Good­win’s wife Car­men said the niche vin­tage bike mar­ket was on the rise.

‘‘This event is re­ally a cel­e­bra­tion of an era of cy­cling be­fore car­bon fi­bre.’’

Nostal­gic bike lovers came from all over New Zealand with some hav­ing even come from the South Is­land.

One of the most rare bikes on dis­play was the Lo­tus Type 108, of which only 15 were made world­wide.

Good­win and Thomp­son said they in­tend to do the event an­nu­ally and make it ‘‘big­ger and bet­ter’’.

HUGH COLLINS/FAIRFAX NZ

Steve Thomp­son and Shayne Good­win wanted to show­case their love of retro bikes.

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