PAT and Robin Evans have a collection to prove that despite the best efforts of engineers, the basics of cycling haven’t changed much in more than a century.
Their bikes go way back to designs first marketed in 1830 when the machines were made from wood without pedals. They’ve got an original 1870 velocipede when pedals were invented and an 1870s wooden penny farthing, also called a high-wheeler.
A side-by-side bike called a Punnet Sociaable made in New York in 1896 could probably start a new trend in retro transport.
“It’s a lovely hobby that brings enjoyment to others,” Mrs Evans, of Geelong, said from Cobden where they showed off some of their collection at the South West District Restoration Group’s annual rally.
More than 500 spectators and almost 140 exhibitors turned out for the two-day event which featured an array of old vehicles and machines from as far as Western Australia.