Time to share a little something I picked up cheaply this time last year.
Cressy is a small town in northern Tasmania and this racing bike was made by a since long gone shop called Whatley's cycles. From what I can tell it was fairly typical of a local (Australian) road racing bike of the times early 30s (see the racing photo below), with a fixed rear wheel, two speeds - one for climbing and one for the flat (selected by turning the wheel) and only a rear hand brake (no front brake). Wheels are steel rather than light weight wood as they were move robust on the dirt roads common at the time.
Tasmania has a pretty rich cycling history and there was a time when most towns had a velodrome. My plan is really to simply clean up the bike as is and to preserve what remains of the original paint detail as it would have looked very pretty when new. I'm led to believe it was used regularly by an older gent up until the early 2000s for flat rides into town and back before being hung on the wall, and so it would be nice to get it back to a state where it can be ridden lightly at a gentlemans pace on sunny days.
Anyway here are the current before photos complete with many years of dirt and grime, and an interestingly positioned brake lever.
Head tube badge
Seat tube "Henry Whatley Cressy Tasmania"
Bottom bracket detail
Serial number? 3208
Smart - could have been the original owners name?
Cool curved steel bars
Road racing early 1930s Australian style