Adelaide's Bicycle Heritage


Adelaide's Bicycle Heritage

A site for cataloging Adelaide's bicycle history.

Location: Adelaide
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2018

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Answers sought on Super Elliotts from the US

Started by Gus Sep 9, 2014. 0 Replies

I had an email from a guy in Pittsburgh USA who acquired a mint Super Elliotts bike. Not sure of the specifics, but he writes.I would like help getting age appropriate parts fro this bike.Its serial…Continue

Ricardo I.D.

Started by mitch jones. Last reply by mitch jones Aug 12, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello All;Mitch is my name, from Renmark, in the Riverland. I recently bought an old Ricardo 10 speed racer from the local second hand shop, & am after more info on it- model, age etc. I posted…Continue

From the newspapers

Started by Gus. Last reply by Travis Gottschutzke Feb 10, 2011. 1 Reply

Some things don't change (except the language of journalists). Found via Advertiser, March 7,…Continue

Tags: accidents, history

viewing Cycle information on-line at NLA...

Started by Bicycle Fish Jun 26, 2010. 0 Replies

This may not be news to some, but I just stumbled on some references on the newspaper database of the National Library of Australia ( Canberra). From waht I can see the potential seems enormous !…Continue

Tags: history

Marshall 'Major' Taylor

Started by Gus Jun 20, 2010. 0 Replies

Hi,There is a film about Major Taylor coming out. I think Travis posted about this forgotten cycling hero and his visit to Adelaide in the…Continue

Tags: history, Taylor, Major, Marshall

Oppy Doco

Started by Gus Apr 14, 2010. 0 Replies

Not really Adelaide cycling history but I just found that Radio National's doco on Hubert Opperman has been made available for download.…Continue

Sourcing Bicycle History in Adelaide

Started by Bicycle Fish. Last reply by Big Block Apr 9, 2010. 1 Reply

I chanced on these illustrations in early 2008, while researching the history of our own suburb & street. I took most of them from a few microfilmed editions of the Advertiser for 1911, which you…Continue

Lewis Cycle Works

Started by Gus Dec 21, 2009. 0 Replies

Doing some fishing about today I came across this:The Lewis Project (by Leon Mitchell). A historical look at Lewis Cycle Works…Continue

Tags: works, cycle, Lewis, history

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Comment by Kristina Barnett on September 16, 2018 at 15:23

Bike Race Burra to Prospect 1912- as  member of Prospect Local History group, I'm interested in any bicycling history stories about Prospect area. 

Comment by Gary Mills on March 15, 2016 at 12:09

Hi Danielle. My parents were good friends with Tosey and Dorrie and I got my first bike from him. I remember going into his shop as a kid  in the late 50's. He actually had 3 shops in O'Connell St over a few years, firstly on the western side up near the Piccadilly around where the Regent Thai/Salvos store is now.  Then on the eastern side near the Archer hotel , in a two storey building which is still there now.  Maxine lived upstairs and the shop below.  Then he moved to the western side again on the corner of Chapel St.   His frames were built by 'Flip' Garner and Bernie Hale and painted by Les Hall out at Goodwood Rd.  If you have any specific questions, send a friend request and message. I'll ask my Mum who has a much better recollection than me. :)

Comment by Big Block on March 5, 2016 at 20:40

Did you look at Simon's bike?

more on the bikes at

Trove has many articles about Toseland

Comment by Danielle on March 5, 2016 at 19:34
Hi, thanks for that! I guess as a novice cyclist, I would like opinions on the line of bikes. What is good about them, unique, what were they missing etc. Deane Toseland was my great grandfather so I'm interested in all there is to know.
Comment by Big Block on March 5, 2016 at 19:05

for Deane Toseland you can start with

Simon has one he has refinished

Anything specific you were after?

Comment by Danielle on March 5, 2016 at 18:24
Hi all. I'm looking to learn all I can about Deane Toseland, both the man and the bicycles. I'd be very keen to hear anything anyone has to share. Thankyou!
Comment by Big Block on October 2, 2013 at 16:48

Bicycle Fish wanted this advert extracted from the Trov page

Comment by Gus on June 21, 2012 at 12:39

Shared by the State Library of SA. They say:

Among the many thousands of photographs in our collections there is always treasure to be found. This one, B 3280, is for the members of Adelaide's cycling fraternity Geo. Craig's Red Bird Cycle Depot in Rundle Street, c1909.

The South Australian Register Thursday 18 February 1897 Pg.6 Red Bird Clcb.— At a meeting of 'Bed Bird' riders, hold at. Craig's Cycle Dspot on Tuesday, February 16. it was unanimously decided to form a Red Bird Bicycle Club. A code of rules, which had betn prepared by a sub-committee, was read and adopted. Tho following officers were appointed :— Patron, Mr. A. J. Knowles. head of the firm of the Red Bird Bicycle Company in Sydney; President, Mr. P. A. Horn; Vice-Presidents, Messrs. L.W. Stanton, G. Craig. K. Metters. Dr. Singleton. and Captain Norish ; Captain. Mr. Payne; Vice-Captain, Mr. A. F. Pearson; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. C H.C. Pearson; Committee, Messrs. H. Lawton, J. M0ss, and F. G. Lawton; Auditors, Messrs. G. G. Colebatch and G. S. Hale. It was decided to have the opening run at Fifth Creek on Saturday, March 13. A neat costume has been selected, and the members anticipate a prosperous career.

Comment by Bicycle Fish on April 18, 2012 at 19:35

Not related to Adelaide , but a trove nonetheless : .. scroll down the apge to see your selections, assuming you have a tiny screen ;)

Comment by craig sinclair on July 6, 2011 at 22:05
Gary, that is an awesome strory!

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