Vintage bikes dusted off for cycling showcase
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.