Saturday, July 27, 2013


Some photos of Jim's
TI Raleigh, which I painted for
him last month.

Jim and his Dad Max, decided to use
Dura Ace 9 speed in the build, which I don't think
looks out of place on the frame, and makes
the bike feel pretty contemporary, Max says.

Max and Jim started collecting up the parts for theTI on
Trade Me about Six months ago.
He tells me because they weren't in a rush to collect the parts,
and were prepared to wait until the right bits came at the right price,
 that the build has worked out very cheap.
A really nice Father and Son project, well done guys.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Time Trail king Alf Engers
on a very sweet looking Alec Bird TT bike
If you like these crazy super light weight
1970's English TT Bikes check out 
these period road tests

By the way, if anyone out there in the world
knows of one of these, or something similar
let me know. as I would seriously like one.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Jack Sucklings, Speedy Cycles were built in
Christchurch during the early part
of last century.
They were raced with success by the
famous New Zealand rider Phil O Shea
You can read all about his career in the 
fantastic book by the Kennett Brothers.

Advertisement from the 1926 Timaru-Christchurch 
100mile classic race program.
 Phil O' Shea Speedy team rider during the 1930's-30's.
The Speedy shop Manchester st. Christchurch.

 Original 1920's Speedy Cycles embroidered patch, 
that was sewn on the front of the jersey.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Just finished this painting of Gino 
during the 1948 Tour of France.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Check out the new page on Dulux and 
Wisemans Six day race bikes on the new 
Blog dedicated to New Zealand's great 
Six day races 1953-1985
 Kevin Hill- Bertin C37
Stan Wilmhurst- Pahiatua Special
This bike was converted to a road bike for the 
first 1960 Dulux Race.
Read and see more here

Monday, July 15, 2013


Check out the new 1969 Dulux Jersey drawings in
FULL colour on the Wolves of the Road Blog.
The jerseys are drawn by Jan Soens in Belgium.
I would like to extend a big thanks to him for doing 
such a great job so far, thanks Pal.

We have just completed the 1969 Dulux jerseys.
And would obviously like to finish all the other years.
If you have any information on the jerseys or on the
Dulux Six day race itself, please contact me

Sunday, July 14, 2013


So here we go,
 how to look at a vintage 
cycle jersey.
Firstly as you can see I have chosen for my example 
a pretty average looking jersey, why?
Simply because one of the great jerseys,
like the classic Legnano jerseys, are just so beautiful and are just so"right",
that it would be too easy a task to look at these.
Whereas this jersey really  needs to be viewed
from the point of view of a connoisseur
.OK, the first thing I see here is that this was
obviously a sponsored rider or event, and judging 
the age of the jersey to be early to mid sixties.
So I know there wasn't a lot of sponsored riding 
in New Zealand during this period, so the jersey is straight away
quite a rare item and of interest to me.
The next items of interest are the details of construction.
Looking at the label I see it is a New Zealand made Vel-Sport jersey. 
I already knew this was a NZ jersey, because the body colours of green and white
 have been sewn together' rather than dyed, and the
material is a type of rugby knit which are pretty unique to NZ jerseys.

Notice the different colouring 
of the ribbing on the collar and arms, a nice little touch.

Turning the jersey around we see the three pockets on 
the lower back with their classic white buttons.
There you have it, the jersey has revealed that it has
been quite nicely made,and although not a top end product has a couple 
of nice touch's, is pretty rare in that it 
a sponsored jersey from the sixties.
The printing is also very 'hand done' which
appeals to to do some research and
try to find where and when this was used, and if I am really lucky maybe 
even find out who wore it.

  Does all this interest in some old, not that great, cycling jersey
make me an eccentric weirdo of some sort.
I wouldn't have a tell me.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Nothing says 1940's early/mid 50's racing bikes 
like a sweet set of wing nuts.
Just another of my (way too many) obsessions.

Cyclo wing nuts on the back of the 1949 Bates Bar


 As can been seen by the size of these races 54 starters in 1960 and 47 in '61
the Professional race scene was still in 
reasonably good health in the early sixties.

 The good health of the 'cash' scene was not to last,
the last of the cash clubs amalgamated with the amateur
clubs in the early nineties..
There is a brief explanation of this decline
in my other blog here

I really like this Tour Leader jersey,
worn by Colin McNaught, winner of the 
Tour in 1960.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


 We have just finished screen printing the new seat tube decals 
for our project bikes. This one is on the Three Speed Fixed bike.
Should be ready for clear coat in the next few days.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Left to Right;
Brik Schotte,Gino Bartali,Fiorenzo Magni,Pino Cottur,
Louison Bobet Fausto Coppi and Ferdi Kubler. 
Between them they won,
seven World titles, eight Tours of France
 and eleven Tours of Italy.

Monday, July 8, 2013


The Racing Mans Kit
Taken from the first Tour of Britain
program 1951

Don't know about you, but I think this looks 
far more stylish than most of the modern kit.

 Ian Steel rode for Viking in the Tour of Britain.
You can read more about Viking race bikes here

Friday, July 5, 2013

New Page -Readers Rides

New page of readers rides.
I will have two pages
New Zealand bikes and others.
If you have something of interest,  please email some good 
photos over

Empire Superb owned by Ben in Auckland

Thursday, July 4, 2013

1950's NZ

I don't know to much information on this photo.
Beasley(?) Labour Day grass track meet 1954
Nice photo though.

The Scratch bunch, start of the 
Round the Mountain Classic 1954