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Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - JIM SCAYSBROOK Ed­i­tor

I doubt that there is any­thing more stress­ful than mov­ing home, par­tic­u­larly later in life. What to keep, what to dis­card and vi­tally, where to put every­thing, be­cause such late-life decamps gen­er­ally in­volve what is known in mod­ern par­lance as down-siz­ing. Yes, OBA and the Scays­brooks are on the road again, and down-siz­ing ain’t the half of it. Dur­ing a ten-year ten­ure at the helm of OBA, I have man­aged to ac­cu­mu­late a mas­sive col­lec­tion of books, mag­a­zines, race pro­grams, pho­to­graphs and un­clas­si­fied mem­o­ra­bilia, all of which is an in­valu­able re­source when it comes to pro­duc­ing each is­sue of OBA. Not much scope for down-siz­ing in that de­part­ment.

A ruth­less cull of shed items re­duced the in­ven­tory some­what; most of this do­nated to peo­ple who think they have some use for it, rather than sim­ply turf­ing it out. How­ever I am con­vinced that when left unchecked, shed-oc­cu­py­ing items such as tools man­age to pro­cre­ate. How else could I have ac­cu­mu­lated 36 ham­mers? I swear that the drawer that con­tains 70 flat mill and semi-el­lip­ti­cal files of vary­ing sizes orig­i­nally only con­tained six. Boxes con­tain­ing only slightly punc­tured in­ner tubes (eas­ily fixed, one day), semi per­ished han­dle­bar rub­bers (I am wait­ing for a mir­a­cle prod­uct to re­ju­ve­nate th­ese to come on the mar­ket), marginally bent han­dle­bars and the like; out they go. I ad­mit to hav­ing a weak­ness for col­lect­ing, or per­haps re­tain­ing, nuts, bolts and wash­ers. Af­ter all, why go to Bun­nings to buy new ones when with a few hours fer­ret­ing around, very suitable used com­po­nents can be un­earthed? Trou­ble is, the jars of nuts and bolts now num­ber in the hun­dreds and oc­cupy sev­eral sets of shelves. Heave-ho.

Even a few bikes had to go, but I soon reached the point where I felt I could not do with­out any of those that re­main. So in­stead of the vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited space that I have en­joyed for the past 13 years, it will be a case of learn­ing to cope with much more con­fined con­di­tions in the work­shop. Oh well, such is the mod­ern way of life. In our gen­er­a­tion, it was a given that each fam­ily had a quar­ter acre block, with at the very least a shed in the back­yard. Our new place may be rad­i­cally re­duced in size, but it still has the ne­ces­si­ties of an ex­is­tence dom­i­nated by mat­ters mo­tor­cy­cling.

You’ll find our new con­tacts at the head of the col­umn on the left of this page.

Michael Cook’s MZ ES175/2. See fea­ture story on P58. OUR COVER

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