|A vintage Repco Monaco road bike. Repco is one of the oldest bicycle companies in Australia. All photos courtesy Angus.|
|Angus added extra passenger and cargo room with an xtracycle.|
|Ricardo mixte, circa 1970s.|
Thanks for the great blog!
I think you should put more emphasis on second hand and recycled bikes. I think the quality of old bikes is much better than new.
Attached are three of the bikes we use. The first is an xtracycle-equipped recycled bike I bought from bicyclerevolution.com.au
It has a recycled frame, but new wheels. The brakes are some old Magura hydraulics I salvaged, and the pedals are from a 70s Ricardo mixte we have. I bought the child seats second hand, sawed off the bottoms, and screwed them to the platform. Very solid and a great bike! I bought the xtracycle attached to a different (but still excellent) bike for AU$350.
The second bike is my wife's favourite. It was $10 second hand, and all I've done to it is attach flat handle bars, racks and clipless pedals. Its gear shifting is something to behold, and puts my LX-equipped mountain bike to shame.
The Ricardo mixte cost AU$75, and it needs nothing doing to it -- fantastic riding condition.
There are so many fantastic bikes in people's garages gathering dust. often, they're better than what can be bought in the shops today...