DHBC Valley Wheeler vintage ride and talk - Sat 16-17 Aug

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Postby marc2131 » 01 Aug 2014, 11:22

Come join us for a ride, a refreshing beverage, a chat, and bike history talk!

The DHBC Valley Wheelers are planning to do a ride August 16th (Saturday). The start location will be the Tempe Velodrome. We will then take the scenic route out towards Oatly, over the Como Bridge and onto the historic Como Hotel for a beverage and feed to whisk away the winter blues.
(start time yet to be confirmed, but this will be a lunch time event)

This will then be followed on Sunday (17th) by a history talk on early cycling in Sydney 1831 to 1869. This will be presented by our own Valley Wheeler extraordinaire Marc Rerceretnam (note: Lizanne wrote this sentence)

Marc will be doing this talk for the Ashfield District Historical Society at 2.30pm on Sunday 17th August at the Pratten Park Bowling Club, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield (next door to Thirning Villa and the tennis courts).

Regular updates provided at our Sydney Classic Bicycle Show FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyClassicB ... fref=photo

All are welcome. Please note, a small entry fee may apply (about $2-5, I suspect).
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Title:
‘An early history of the Velocipede in Australia – with a special emphasis on Sydney’s Inner West, c. 1831–1869’

Abstract:
The introduction of the Velocipede into Australia was shrouded in secrecy. Early adherents were loath to show off their vehicles for fear of public ridicule. The press was particularly scathing and such attitudes made Velocipede use a very private activity between the 1820s and 1860s.
However changes began to take hold from the 1860s, when rigid bias began to weaken and ordinary Australians were more willing to express, and allow others to express themselves in a social environment which was more welcoming of new ideas and open to different ways of doing things.
This study also highlights some current misconceptions about the development of the Velocipede, particularly the question about the existence of foot-cranked Velocipedes in the Australian colonies, a good twenty years before they were suppose to be invented.

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For more info on this event, please contact the ADHS directly on:
Email address: adhs@optusnet.com.au Postal address:PO Box 20, Ashfield, NSW, Australia 1800. The Society's Rooms are located Pratten Park Bowling Club, Pratten Park, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield

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Postby marc2131 » 09 Aug 2014, 18:26

Lizanne just confirmed we plan to leave at 10:30am from the Tempe Velodrome front gates.

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Postby humanbeing » 15 Aug 2014, 18:51

I'm very disappointed I won't be able to attend any of the activities this weekend.
I have to work Saturday and will be partaking in the Bike Bug Randonee Sunday in Camden.
Belinda was even going to tag along to Como Saturday. :(
Have a great ride,
Peter

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Postby Robert » 16 Aug 2014, 09:13

There might be a lot of rust on the road - weather is not looking good..

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Postby marc2131 » 17 Aug 2014, 07:40

According to their FB page, the Bike Bug randonee has been cancelled due to extremely bad weather. Rescheduled in October.

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Postby humanbeing » 17 Aug 2014, 10:43

marc2131 wrote:According to their FB page, the Bike Bug randonee has been cancelled due to extremely bad weather. Rescheduled in October.


I've got no excuse then :D

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Postby marc2131 » 19 Aug 2014, 13:45

The ride on Saturday 17th August began at the Tempe Velodrome and left precisely at 10.30am.
We had 13 riders; a good mix of rusted on steel bikers, recent converts and just good friends.
Made our way via the Cooks River route, down through Kingsgrove, Beverley Hills, Oatley and eventually made it to the historic Como Hotel spot on 12 noon.
Unfortunately we were all having such a good time, we forgot to take photos! Duh.

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Source: wikipedia

Weather was magnificent. No rain apart from the very occasional drizzle.
A great day, good company, hearty meal and fantastic ride.
Seconds anyone?

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Postby marc2131 » 22 Aug 2014, 20:52

The talk went well with about 15 people in attendance, of which 5 were Valley Wheelers.
JohnJ brought along 4 of his vintage bikes and we had a 6 panel photo display providing a brief history of the DHBC.

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