RICHARD and Kerry Horrocks were finding and restoring old bikes way before it was ‘‘cool’’ and terms like retro and vintage became everyday language.
The couple took their 1930s bikes for a leisurely ride along Newcastle foreshore on Sunday as part of the inaugural Tweed Ride.
About 40 people took part in the Newcastle Cycleways Movement event, which encouraged cyclists to don a sports coat and ride their vintage bicycles from Islington Park to Nobbys Beach.
Mr Horrocks found his 1930s Sun Wasp bike at a garage sale in Sydney after moving to Australia from London in 1988.
He picked up the derelict bicycle for $45 and spent six months restoring it.
Mrs Horrocks brought her Sun bicycle with her from London when the couple emigrated.
‘‘We’ve ridden all our lives and often tour on a tandem bicycle,’’ Mr Horrocks said.
‘‘The old bikes are quirky I suppose and they’re pretty.’’
Mr Horrocks is a computer programmer and Mrs Horrocks is a legal secretary but they both spend weekends exploring new places on their bicycles.
‘‘We tour around the countryside. We’ve been to Wellington and Mudgee, riding from pub to pub,’’ Mr Horrocks said.
Newcastle Cycleways Movement secretary Sam Reich said there would be more vintage type events around Newcastle.
‘‘During the last few years urban bikes have become more popular,’’ he said.
‘‘People wanting to create bikes with style and restoring vintage models has become a world-wide phenomenon.’’