Heritage on show at car-free day

Azahari with his Robin Hood bicycle during the Klang Car-Free Day. — Photos: AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

AZAHARI Shaharudin waved and smiled as he rode an English-made Robin Hood bicycle down Jalan Stesen along with some 50 other classic bicycle enthusiasts during the Klang Car-Free Day last Sunday.

The father of three and his bicycle which was made in Nottingham, England, are a common sight at public events.

“The bicycle belonged to my late grandfather Abdullah Malim, who bought it from a British soldier working in then Malaya.

“My father Shaharudin Abdullah, who worked at the Klang Water Department, later used it to go to work,” said Azahari, who lives in Kampung Jawa, Klang.

“It still has its original black paint, only the seat has been replaced.

“In 2014, a friend went to England and sourced for an original Brooks saddle seat.

“Even the front brake is an old dual-pivot sidepull, while the rear brake is a centerpull,” he explained.

The bicycle still uses a dynamo light that functions well until today.

Azahari, who works in the Shah Alam City Council Enforcement Department, was among 125 cyclists at the event.

Also at the event was vintage bicycle collector Nur Amrie Nusantara Mat Isa, 46, who showcased his 1878 Penny-Farthing bicycle which has a large front wheel and a small back wheel.

Amani Aizat taking a wefie with her friends and police personnel dressed in uniforms from yesteryear.Amani Aizat taking a wefie with her friends and police personnel dressed in uniforms from yesteryear.

“I bought this restored bicycle from England for RM22,000.

“It is actually comfortable to ride,” he said.

Amrie, who rides for exercise, owns several other vintage bicycles, including a 1920 BSA, a 1932 Coventry and a Hopper.

The second edition of Klang Car-Free Day saw a bigger crowd, many of whom turned up to snap wefies with police personnel who showcased 22 different uniforms from the past.

Meanwhile, the K9 sniffer dogs team impressed children and adults alike as it demonstrated how canines detect drugs.

There were also trained policemen who exhibited self-defence techniques, including how to use the T-Baton.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Noraini Roslan said the event was organised to highlight the royal town’s heritage area without having to deal with traffic polluting the environment.

Jalan Stesen and Jalan Istana were closed for the event from 7am to 9.30am.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Cha Hoong Fong said the event was able to build a closer rapport between the town’s denizens and the authorities.

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