So this is the thing. Since Rodger’s acute observation on my Three in one plus one post that the three bikes had the same frame, I have magically become a frame expert. And my newly expert eyes tell me this North Fitzroy-residing Custom Built Parade has the same frame as a the Graecross, the Malvern Star and the made in Japan Centurian featured in said post.
What does it mean? Was there a shopper bike frame racket in the 70s with dodgy dealers peddling (or should that be pedalling) so-called unique bikes, which were in fact some homogenous take-over-the world, one-size-fits-all (well that bit’s true) designs? And look at that chain guard? Regular readers will know I am a chain-guard tragic, my expert eye in this matter is well honed, not some Johnny Come Lately like my frame expertise, and that expert eye says I’VE SEEN THAT CHAIN GUARD BEFORE. And yet, I have never seen a Custom Built Parade…
made in South Australia no less.
I’m shocked. The bottom of my bike spotting world has fallen out.
It’s like I just found out that the dude from the Sopranos wasn’t actually in the garbage collection business.
Have I been photographing the same bike over and over?
Has the small wheeled bike loving fraternity been sniggering at me behind my back all the time?
Should I even bother to go on or is this the last calling card I leave?
The answer to this and all those other questions will be revealed in the fullness of time (as opposed to the emptiness of time…which is probably a concept only Stephen Hawkins could wrap his head around)…stay tuned.