Cycling shoes used by Ron Cazey

Made 1930s

The cycling shoes were used by Ron Cazey who participated in bicycle racing with a ‘Blackbird’ racing bicycle. The ‘Blackbird’ is a rare example of a ‘named’ racing bicycle. It was usual for cycling ‘stars’ to have their name painted on the frame. Such named racing bicycles are now sort after by collectors. Ron Cazey, the owner of the ‘Blackbird’ and whose name appears on the bicycle’s top tube, was a member of the Ashfield and District bicycle club and was proficient enough to be classified as ...

Summary

2007/53/3
Black leather bicycle riding shoes with laces, size 8 1/2. The soles of the shoes are hard and stiff so that the entire foot contributes to the pedalling action and no 'push' is lost though a soft sole. The cleat is missing from the sole of the left shoe.

Production

The shoes were made by Windsors in the 1930s.
1930s

History

The shoes were worn by Ron Cazey. Ronald (Ron) Leo Cazey was born at Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia in 1917 and as a young man was a keen cyclist competing in both road and track events with considerable success. He won a number of awards in the late 1930s, during the halcyon days of cycle racing, and apparently missed out on selection in the of the 1938 Empire Games team by half a bike wheel length after a 117 mile road race. He was also a regular competitor in the famous gruelling Goulburn to Sydney road race along the old Hume Highway. Cazey was tall, and a strong and aggressive rider.

Cazey worked in the bush during the pre-War years then joined the 1st Cavalry Division Remount Depot at Holsworthy when the War commenced. He later returned to his trade as a builder and always owned a series of utes. At Thomas Street, Ashfield, he owned and operated a hardware and timber company called N & R Hardware, (the initials of Ron and Noreen his wife whom he had married in 1958). During the early 1960s Cazey was State President of the Master Builders Association and helped establish a chair of Building Science at the University of New South Wales. He was also an active Rotarian and successfully stood for the position of Alderman on Ashfield Council. Also about this time he bought a property in the Megalong Valley and became a 'Pitt Street farmer'.

During the drought of 1969 he adjusted stock on Araluen, near Mullion Creek, Orange, and subsequently sold the Megalong Valley property and moved his family from Sydney to Mullion Creek. He enjoyed farming sheep and immersed himself in the local community holding some authority in the local rural fire brigade. He stayed on the land until his 80s when ill health forced him into a house at Orange in 1999. He died in 2006.
1930s

Source

Gift of the family of the late Ron Cazey, 2007

Cite this Object

Cycling shoes used by Ron Cazey 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 March 2017, <https://ma.as/342116>
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