Treadlie Magazine

#26 March 2020

Treadlie magazine is for bike lovers, would be bike lovers and those that appreciate great bike design – a magazine devoted to culture, fashion and design. Featuring people and their bikes, bike businesses, cycling cities, bike trail review and products.

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PEDR CHARLESWORTH PHOTOGRAPHER/WRITER As a kid I’d dreamed about being a bike messenger, so when I landed a part-time job delivering prescription medicine to the elderly in my rural village on my bright red Raleigh, my 17-year-old self thought I’d made it. My bubble was soon burst when a teacher told me I was essentially a drug dealer and to stop gloating about it! I still pretend to be a messenger. MARK ARUNDEL PHOTOGRAPHER As a teenager, bike touring was offered as a school subject – at which my father was appalled – so I enthusiastically took it up. As a young family, we rode our tandem, with child seat, along the south coast. Then came a lull as children were too heavy but too small to ride themselves. At 50, I was curious to…


Hello and welcome to another issue of Treadlie. It’s probably time to formally introduce you to my bike, given that she’s a recurring feature. This is Joan, my mixte and Official Big Kid Bike. She was given to me for my 21st birthday by my nanna, and remains one of the best presents I have ever received. Joan was the first bike I looked at during my search – and as soon as I clapped eyes on her, she was the only bike I looked at. Prior to our meeting, I must confess I’d spent a few years off the bike, but I was searching for an easy, economic and environmentally-minded way to get around and so began my cycling renaissance. Joan and I have been best mates ever since;…


STYLIN’ The Criterium is perfect for anyone looking to commute with a vintage look. It has a a reactive but comfortable steel frame, plus regular pedals, eyelets for fenders and extra firm tyres. Available from STASH The Plan B Saddle Bag Kawaii is a robust and practical ‘lil saddle bag with major style. BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Paul Smith has joined forces with Cinelli to present a series of colourful cycling caps, crafted in Italy. These radical patterns are sure to stand out from the crowd and we think you definitely need one. TWISTS AND TURNS The Lochness is a multi-shape bike lock designed by Francesco Toselli for those times when locking up your ride isn’t so straightforward. It also wraps neatly around your bike when not in use, which is always a bonus. LOCAL Burgh…

wheel & pen

I’m not sure which love came first, cycling or creating art, but I only began to combine them in recent years. The beauty of cycling inspires me. I find the design and simplicity of bicycles a thing of beauty. I find the experience bikes give you, whether it’s feeling the elements or seeing the world in a different way, even just at a different pace, I find that inspiring. Watching professional races also inspires me. As I learned from my father’s enthusiasm for watching the Tour de France on TV every summer, bike races transport the home viewer to some of the most picturesque regions of the world. It is my goal to explore this through my art and to share it with cyclists and fans around the world. Rachel…

finding the rough stuff

For the Rough-Stuff Fellowship (RSF), it’s always been about leaving behind the manicured path for something a little muddier. Recognised as the world’s oldest off-road cycling club, it was founded in 1955 at The Black Swan, a Leominster pub in England’s West Midlands. Since then, the group has covered a seemingly unmatched amount of terrain. From the rugged mountains of Lake District to pioneering journeys across Iceland and Nepal, no bike ride was considered too tough – even on the cumbersome steel frames of the time. When an advert seeking an archivist ran in the club’s publication, Rough-Stuff Journal, without a response, Mark Hudson decided to put his hand up for the role. It didn’t take long for him to realise he’d thrown himself in the deep end, as once word…

happy trails

Caz Whitehead never meant to get into cycling. She was simply tired of Melbourne’s poor public transport and looking for a way to keep fit that wouldn’t involve trying to get to the gym before work. So she decided to kill two birds with one stone. But after an initial eBay bike purchase, Caz found herself “enjoying the feeling of flying downhill” and soon coveted something faster. The fixed-gear steed she ended up bringing home was shaky at first, but that wasn’t what mattered. What mattered was that it was “plain white, pretty, fast and all the things I wanted from a bicycle,” explains Caz. The rest is history. “When I started riding it on the weekends, I looked up group rides to try to attend. I found myself turning up to a…