Vin­tage bike bonanza on show

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SAMHEWAT

Vin­tage bi­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts are dust­ing off the frames for a spe­cial show and shine event in Pon­sonby this week­end.

The Retro Rouse will show­case more than 200 steel-frame bikes from the pre-1990s era, with nos­tal­gic bike lovers com­ing from all over New Zealand - some even mak­ing day trips from the South Is­land.

While the ex­act amount of at­ten­dees is not yet known, in­ter­est has been shown by the more than 250 people on the event’s Face­book page.

St He­liers res­i­dents Shayne Good­win and wife Car­men are or­gan­is­ing the event after they dis­cov­ered a sur­pris­ingly large col­lec­tors com­mu­nity which had not yet been brought to­gether.

‘‘There is sort of a re­nais­sance of vin­tage-bike cy­cling as well as col­lect­ing. It’s a niche vin­tage mar­ket but it’s quite on the rise,’’ Car­men Good­win said.

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

Some of the bikes on dis­play will be worth as much as $30,000, in­clud­ing bikes banned from com­pe­ti­tions and some hand-made in Italy.

One of the most rare, Shayne Good­win be­lieved, would be a Lo­tus Type 108, of which only 15 were made world­wide.

Ap­parel will also be a fea­ture, with authen­tic woollen race jer­seys from the pre-1990s era ex­pected to make a strong show­ing.

‘‘There’s a lot of in­cred­i­ble and ex­tra­or­di­nary stuff out there,’’ Shayne Good­win said.

Shayne fell in love with vin­tage bikes after pick­ing up cy­cling as a teenager. Col­lect­ing the mem­o­ra­bilia was a way of re­mind­ing him of the golden years of cy­cling.

‘‘That was the era I grew up in, it was a great time in the sport and it was 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.’’

His love seem­ingly ex­tended to a much larger com­mu­nity through­out the coun­try, and an event seemed inevitable.

And he’s been work­ing with Auck­land Coun­cil to stage the event on a much larger scale in the fu­ture, with The Cloud on the city’s wa­ter­front be­ing dis­cussed as a pos­si­ble venue.

This week­end’s event will take place on Satur­day from 12 to 4pm at Free­mans Bay Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Pon­sonby. ex­pan­sion so pri­vate own­er­ship could be more con­ducive to recla­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

Goff said in a state­ment on Tues­day that he had ‘‘had wide rang­ing dis­cus­sions but no spe­cific pro­posal on the port’s own­er­ship has been pre­sented,’’ News­room re­ported.

‘‘I’ve made no de­ci­sions about the port’s long term fu­ture as yet, but in­tend to make progress on this mat­ter over the course of this term.’’

A par­tial sale could raise hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars for a coun­cil strug­gling to fund much needed in­fra­struc­ture but would also at­tract strong op­po­si­tion from people against port and wharf ex­pan­sion.

Any coun­cil de­ci­sion on own­er­ship would re­quire con­sul­ta­tion.

SAM HEWAT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Car­men Good­win holds a 1984 Francesco Moser bi­cy­cle, which will be on dis­play at the Retro Rouse in Pon­sonby this week­end.

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