Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bike Shop Keeps Rolling on; Local Pedal Pushers May Be the Oldest in Country

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bike Shop Keeps Rolling on; Local Pedal Pushers May Be the Oldest in Country

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Byline: Christian Morrow Business reporter

HARRIS Cycles in Keen St, Lismore may be the oldest bike shop in Australia operating from its original premises.

Opened in 1918 by Harold Wotherspoon and Cecil Harris, the shop has been owned by members of the Wotherspoon family ever since.

Current owner, Darryl Pursey has been working in the shop since 1985 and bought the business in 1991 from his then father-in-law Si Wotherspoon, the son of one of the original founders.

aThere is only one other shop in Adelaide that may be able to challenge us as being the oldest,a he said.

aBut records are a bit hazy so we may never know.a

Since starting work in the shop, Mr Pursey has seen a huge turnaround in the customer base.

aBack then about 95% of customers were kids,a he said.

aThe adult customers were either racing bike enthusiasts or people committed to bike transport for ideological reasons.

aSo it was mainly a bike repair shop for kids and you could really only charge as much as their pocket money could bear. …

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