Treadlie Handmade Bicycle Show
Melbourne and Sydney will get a fresh taste of the bespoke this month as
Made to Measure – the Treadlie Handmade Bicycle Show – exhibits a
crafty collection of personalised bicycles. Collette Swindells gets pedalling
Exhibited as part of the State of Design Festival in Melbourne and Sydney Design in Sydney, Treadlie magazine Editor Faith Hunter says that it was both the themes for each of the events, and a growing revival in two-wheeled transportation, that saw her fledgling bikes-only publication become involved.
“Since we have started ‘Treadlie’, we have focussed on the people and their stories, and we just kept coming across people who were making their own bikes,” she says.
“There seems to be a whole renaissance that instead of just going and buying something new, you go and make it yourself. It just then seemed that the handmade bicycles would sort of capture the theme of ‘Design that Moves’ [for the State of Design] and ‘Everything Old is New Again’ [for Sydney Design] really well.”
Sending an online call-out to their friends and followers, Faith says they were overwhelmed with submissions, which had to be culled to a select group of 18, due to space constraints at each of the venues.
“We just tried to select a really wide variety of every type of bike,” she says.
“They are all beautifully finished, ranging from professionals who sell bikes already to people who have had a dream about a bike that doesn’t exist yet.”
And with a collection that contains hot rods, road bikes, cruisers, mountain bikes, polo bikes, and some super-classy ladies uprights, there is definitely going to be something for the bike lover in all of us.
See them on show at:
State of Design Festival – Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton July 21 – 24th
Sydney Design – Kind Of Gallery, 72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst July 28th – 31st