Every month the Townsville-based members of the group meet up to show off their latest projects and go for a ride along The Strand. One of the projects James is most proud of is the restoration of a 1940s Healing, which was donated to Rusty Riders by an 84-year-old lady from Melbourne. “She told me she saved her chore money for a year to buy it when she was 14,” James says. “All she asked for in return for donating it was for us to bring it back to a riding state and enjoy it as much as she had.” Another stand-out project for James was transforming two 1953 Malverns that he got from a couple in Tasmania who received them as wedding presents. “They were just happy there was a group like ours who could restore them and enjoy them again,” James says. “When I started this group I decided I didn’t care how old the bikes were – just that every bike must be ridden.” James now has over 30 vintage bicycles, from a 1917 English Humber to a 1972 Malvern Star Skidstar and every one of them gets its turn to pedal him to his local coffee shop in the morning, where passers-by admire the workmanship of the past. “As a group, Rusty Riders love nothing more than showing people the beauty in the bicycles of old when they were fashioned by master bike builders,” James says, adding that the group has a bike on display at the coffee drivethrough on the corner of Meehan Street and Ingham Road. “We regularly get around 15 vintage bicycles to our rides and we always
Above, left to right: Julia Bohne, James Fotheringham, Lia Johnson
“I REALISED THIS OLD BIKE MUST HAVE QUITE A FEW STORIES CONSIDERING ITS AGE AND THOUGHT IT DESERVED MUCH BETTER.” JAMES FOTHERINGHAM
put them where anyone walking past can come and look at them. Our members are of all different ages and
walks of life, from teenagers and students to labourers, truck drivers and businessmen and women. We’re a fun, relaxed group and you don’t have to have a vintage bike to join us. “We can help you pick one up for the next ride. You can buy them very cheaply and, after a bit of elbow grease and a lot of love, you’ll be proudly riding around on a much-admired piece of history.” CONNECT NOW www.facebook.com/ groups/1635866726669584
DUOMagazine April 2017
Published on Mar 29, 2017
Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of our community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, making...