These racks are made in Melbourne from plywood and are available both consumer direct and to dealers at a wholesale rate. www.bikerax.com.au
Jon Gourlay is a keen cyclist and frequent business traveller for his ‘day job’ as a mining executive. He decided that there was not a bag that could both carry a business suit and go on his back when cycling, so with business partner Jeremy Grey, they started Henty, named after a remote part of their home state of Tasmania. This Wingman bag is already sold via a small number of bike shops. www.henty.cc
Paul Davine has developed a range of single on road bicycles that convert into entry level track racing bicycles for kids. He’s been selling to various bike clubs around Australia and the occasional dealer. www.fffixie.com
Alice Lewis is a budding fashion designer and cyclist. She wanted to design a range of women’s cycling clothing that incorporated reflective sections for safety, but looked more flattering than a hi-viz vest. She calls her range Night Brigade. www.nightbrigade.com.au
Ivan Hachel and Emma Dinkgreve created Tread & Pedals over a year ago and it’s now their full time business. Ivan, who has worked in the bike industry, visits bike shops to collect their used parts and with Emma, turns them into giftware and jewellery. www.treadandpedals.com.au
For many years each summer Melbourne plays host to the Sustainable Living Festival. This outdoor event attracted huge crowds to its scenic outdoor location, stretching along the northern bank of the Yarra River near Federation Square.
Visitors saw a wide range of commercial exhibitors, selling everything from solar panels to worm farms as well as many ‘not for profits’ from the environmental sector.
But of most interest to Bicycling Trade readers was a good sized cycling section, located at the far end of the expo.
In total about a dozen bicycle businesses were involved of which we’re picturing five below. The bicycle exhibitors all seemed to be quite busy answering questions from the public, and the bicycle section looked to be a good cultural fit with the rest of the show.