I was instantly on the hunt for a vintage bike, had added a few to my watch list on trade me and then fell in love with a Healing Loline. If you are over the age of 35 and are from New Zealand you will most likely know what this is.
It’s a fixed gear 1960’s, cruiser. Built in the 1960’s and 1970’s here in New Zealand by a company called Morison and Healing. The government of the day even played a part in the Healing bicycles’ history; they stopped 90% of bike imports from entering the country to help boost the demand for New Zealand made bikes. They were onto something getting people out of the muscle cars and onto the shovey’s.
These bad boys are very uncommon now days with the increase of vintage look bicycles on the road, I was brought up to appreciate the yesteryear and there is something about having people come up and admire the bike they once had and you instantly know that regardless of how amazing your handy paint work is they just love that you are still enjoying what they enjoyed way back when (parent’s if you’re reading this it so wasn’t back when).
Meet the “Spirit Whip”……..