Vin­tage bikes dusted off for cy­cling show­case

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - HUGH COLLINS

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 in cen­tral Auck­land on Satur­day.

Prin­ci­pal or­gan­iser Shane Good­win said with so many in­cred­i­ble bikes be­ing stashed away in garages, he and four friends thought it 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.

Or­gan­iser Steve Thomp­son has col­lected more than 90 retro bikes and had some 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.

Good­win and Thomp­son in­tend to do the event an­nu­ally. said they

Steve Thomp­son and Shayne Good­win put on the event to show­case their love of vin­tage bikes.

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