The Bikes We Built
The Bikes We Built
Mr Blackwell has his own personal version of this book. It is titled: The Bikes I Watched My Father Build. No matter. The sentiment is the same.
Unearthing secrets from factories, garages, archives and museums, The Bikes We Built brings us the stories of New Zealand-made bikes and the people behind them - their designers, builders, collectors and users - in a celebration of Kiwi ingenuity, passion and determination.
Jonathan Kennett tirelessly travelled across the country throughout 2021 to meet with bike collectors, manufacturers and historians, bringing to light long-lost secrets, rediscovering old favourites and finding untold stories about the unique bike-making history of Aotearoa.
"When I explained to the collectors that I hoped to find at least fifty fine examples to showcase an industry that once thrived in every New Zealand city, their eyes lit up. We disappeared together into a world that no longer exists, of forges and lugs and pinstriping. A time when the humble bicycle was not so humble, and everyone knew the name of the craftsman that built the machine they rode."
Bringing together these stories and discoveries, Jonathan takes you on a fascinating journey over the last 150 years in the first ever showcase of the history of New Zealand-made bikes. Each bike is presented in richly illustrated page spreads, with introductory chapters detailing the social, political and economic contexts that spurred their creation. Discover the bikes we built; remember the bikes we rode.
By Jonathan Kennett.
Bicycles, tricycles and e-bikes
We deliver our bicycles all over Aotearoa New Zealand ourselves for a few reasons; we like to ensure your bicycle arrives in perfect condition and we also want you to be able to ride it immediately. We set your seat and handlebar height so you can ride comfortably and we listen and respond to any questions you have. We like to ensure we are minimising our fuel use and pollution so we like to schedule the most efficient delivery plan possible. That’s why it may take a month or two to get your bicycle to you. Please check our Delivery page for more information and to view our next scheduled delivery to your area.
We will despatch your purchase the same day or next day and we will email you courier tracking information so you know exactly where your package is. We try, wherever possible, to use recycled or compostable packaging. For orders under $200, we charge $9.90 towards the cost of the courier. For $200 or more, we cover it.