Beautiful Bikes...the bikes people ride and why? Episode 3.

Posted by Peter Melville & Kev Sweeney on 23rd Jun 2014

Sween’s Dream, Malvern Star - 5 Star,

Kev Sweeney, Nerang, Queensland.

About the rider: Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m 70 years young and was born and bread in Tassie. I moved to Queensland in 1990.

What sort of riding do you do?

I’ve done all sorts over the years. I’ve raced on both the track and the road and done plenty of sportives and cycle events through the years. I mostly ride just for the pure pleasure of it these days.

How long have you been cycling?

I started racing bikes when I was 14 and have thoroughly enjoyed the scene both here in Queensland and Tasmania. I was Club Champion in 1987 and have been Runner Up a few times over the years. I also raced ‘Scratch’ for more than 30 years with Vets between the two States.

How did you come to choose your bike?

Everyone is familiar with Malvern Star and its treasured place in Australia’s long and illustrious cycling history. It’s the sort of bike I used to look and lust after in the cycle store window when I was a nipper. A friend of mine also just happens to be the last frame builder from Bruce Smalls, who became Australia’s Malvern Star builders, still alive today. It was a no-brainer really.

Groupset: What’s you choice of weapon?

Vintage Campagnolo ofcourse. Campagnolo Nuovo Record to be more specific.

Do you have any particular favourite component, accessory or add-on?

Too many to mention really. But, if I had to pick one it would be the Nisi Grooved rims, which you don’t see everyday. The ‘grooves’ or ‘ridges’ in the rim are designed to increase the brakes grip and therefore improve stopping power.

If you could choose another bike to add to your stable, what would you go for?

I’ve always wanted to build a French marque like Gitane or a Renault, both of which I raced for years. They are terrific, stylish bikes.

Finally, and most importantly does your steed have a nickname?

Sween’s Dream.


I have a Kinnane track bike in mind for my next project.

Bike specs:

Maker Malvern Star
Model Five Star (531 Reynolds Steel)
Size (top tube horizontal) 54
Fork Standard Malvern Star (531 Reynolds Steel)
Wheels Nisi ‘Grooved’ rims
Hubs Exeltoo Hubs (1940s)
Tires Hutchinson Tempo 1
Pedals SR Toe Clips (shaved down & drilled)
Stem Cinelli
Handlebars Cinelli 64-42
Bar Tape White Cloth Ribbon
Cassette Millard 5 Speed Cluster
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shift Levers Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Brake Universal Caliper
Rear Brake Universal Caliper
Crankset Royal Chain wheel crank
Bottom Bracket Loose ball bearings in cups
Accessories Christophe Leather Toe Straps (customized)

Brooks B17 Hand made leather saddle (customized)

Flint catchers (front & rear)

Malvern Star Water bottles with customized Campagnolo flute