Jealousy and curiosity being equally powerful motivators, it wasn't long after Ginger went Full Roadie that I began to wish I could experience the social aspect of the road ride without all the attendant arse padding. Especially when special 'family' rides were offered by various organisations and I found myself road-blocked from even the lower end rides because my bicycles were too 'slow'. "Road bikes only!" they inevitably specified. Aside from justified outrage that a 'slow' ride did not appear to exist in Perth (I have since discovered there was a Tweed Ride in Fremantle last year. Fie on after-the-fact facts!), I was genuinely interested in expanding my bicycle skills by experiencing different types of bicycles. I had also seen how slender road rider's arms were, thus invoking the third motivator: Vanity. The pseudo-nonchalant viewing of local ebay listings reached its inescapable conclusion…
|circa 1980s 10 Speed Repco Traveller.|
|Suicide and lavender. A winning combination.|
|Stem mounted gear shifters.|
Lastly, I am not a huge fan of the orange and silver colour scheme but that's a problem for Future Fat-bottomed Girl and the powder-coater of her choice. Hmm…I've always wanted a cherry red frame…here's the rest of the Repco without comment. Or a bit of comment.
|There's that 'Vintage' patina! You know. Rust.|
|I have no idea if this is good or bad.|
|"Repco Cycle Company Huntingdale Victoria"|
Australian manufacturing or just a sticker?
|None of that Yankee spelling here. Ls and Us everywhere!|
|The days of the metal head badge were but a memory when this Repco was born.|
|Shimano branding detail.|