Simon Trnovsky plans to ride four vintage bikes during the 6hr Challenge. More importantly he is riding for his youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 8 years old
We caught up with Simon to find out about his cycling history and how he came to love vintage bikes
Simon talked to us first about his cycling story “Like most young kids growing up in the 60’s my first bike was way oversized. When parents bought their kids a bike back then it was a long-term investment - we simply just grew into them. My two elder brothers were already riding, I felt so left out and alone, so when my next birthday came along, they were instructed to teach me how to ride. A simple procedure. That involved sitting me on it and being pushed hard. “Just keep pedalling” was the only advice.
So where did the love of antique bikes come from? “Fast forward a few decades. I found myself in the Antiques trade in various capacities, luckily always working close to the city and home so a bike once again became an economical way to get around. It wasn’t long before I looked at cycling in a different light and dedicated some time to riding for pleasure. My love of machinery was ignited again by the old bikes I’d find, and well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I’d become a collector of vintage bikes!!! Turns out there’s quite a lot of us around”
“Adelaide has had over 200 bike shops / builders since the late 1800’s so there’s quite a history. I do the bulk of the restorations and re-commissions myself. I’m a compulsive tinkerer. I love the researching, love the process, love the work and love the input to reward ratio - which is very high. Nothing like heading out on a maiden spin on an old classic and saying to yourself “I DID THIS “.
“What sent me into the rabbit hole of vintage competition bikes was finding my 1970 Peugeot PX-10. Peugeot’s finest in the day, they are legendary. It fit me immediately and from then on I knew there was something special about these bikes. It’s my most ridden old bike. It took me a while to get it dialled in for my ergos, but now I can ride it all day, old knees permitting. My collection fluctuates, the odd bout of “too many bikes” syndrome sees a few off, but inevitably they’re soon replaced. A very healthy network of likeminded enthusiasts exists here, and indeed Australia wide. There’s plenty of horse trading always going on, information and parts sharing and best of all the camaraderie. My collection pales into insignificance, compared to some of my contemporaries’ world class efforts. There are some outstanding bikes out there.”
So, what do you intend to ride in Revolve24 and why did you enter? “Being the modest over-achiever I am, I plan to ride four bikes in the event. Why not, they were meant to be ridden, not hidden, and I love riding them all for their idiosyncratic features.”
“I’m supporting this event for my youngest daughter, at 8 years old to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes was the most heart-breaking thing that as parents we’ve ever felt. It changed her life forever. This is for Lily, I’d ride to end of the Universe and back for her”
We looked forward to seeing Simon and his beautiful bikes on track.
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