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Cracking video about an Australian bicycle collector, includes a great potted history of the bicycle… and some very lovely bikes

It's Friday, the sun is shining, the weekend is looming so it's time to take a break from worrying about Wiggo's knee, what Rapha are going to do with all those relaxed fit Wiggo Team Sky jerseys, kick back and think about how great bikes are.

To help you do just that here's a great little film about Australian bicycle collector, "James" who lives with his bicycle collection which includes everything from a Von Drais Hobby Horse and covers all the bases you'd want in a collection of seemingly every significant vintage bike design. He restores the bikes by hand, in his very cool workshop. Oh, and if you like old pick up trucks you're in for a treat too, although it doesn't look like James drives his much.

Anyway, enough prattle enjoy the film…

The Spokesman from dean saffron on Vimeo.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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JonoB [53 posts] 3 years ago
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Loved this. Just finished a 1966 Dawes racer rebuild........much to everyones amusement. James describes my own experience perfectly

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bobbylama [13 posts] 3 years ago
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For my brothers and me, an endurance race was riding our BMX bikes 3 miles to the Civic Center for baseball and a swim, then back on a sunny afternoon. Freedom. http://dailytimetrial.blogspot.com/2013/02/28.html

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herohirst [73 posts] 3 years ago
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Glorious.

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Nick T [947 posts] 3 years ago
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THAT'S THE DREAM.

Unfortunately my other dream involves staying married and having access to my kids, so compromises must be made.

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WolfieSmith [1326 posts] 3 years ago
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I see he has one of those rare folding BSA paratrooper bikes. Very jealous. A mate let me ride his 1930's sit up and beg with swepted back handlebar grips and solid brakes. It was lovely. The bicycle equivalent of driving an old Rolls Royce. You felt miles away from the front wheel and it was so smooth. He wouldn't sell it or I'd be using it now around town.

I worry for James though. I can see him being bitten by whatever trap door spider lives in his pickup truck if not being able to see through the windscreen doesn't get him first.... Nice film.

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matthewn5 [809 posts] 3 years ago
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I grew up in Oz with a shed full of bikes and bike bits. We never bought anything new, just recombined them. Hours and hours of fun.

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kiwiglider [23 posts] 3 years ago
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Remember all my bikes but love the ones I ride at the moment (carbon & titanium) the best. For me nostalgia is best left in the past. Each to his (or her) own.