Ren Star cycles

Edward Henry Warren was born 3rd December, 1890 in Adelaide.
By 1917 Ted Warren was already an accomplished sportsman and active in many events including motorcycle racing, with the introduction of new motorcycles by Elliott Bros. Warren was pilot to trial and test these on the circuits.
Entering many of the leading races, Warren competed in the lightweight class and with his Elliott two-stroke single geared machine he gained many top positions.
Warren was also a competitor on the bicycle and was well regarded among the tracks, he was older than most his rivals but still very much the man to beat.
In 1923 Warren was confined to hospital following a bad accident, an event was held at Payneham Oval (S.A) which was conducted by the Payneham Cycling Club in aid of the Ted Warren Fund, the fund was to assist in his recovery and after a few months Warren resumed racing. Warren continued to enter many of the State’s top leading cycle events, he was lining up against the names of Deane Toseland and Keith Thurgood who were Super Elliottís top leading professionals.
In the 1937 Healing 150-mile cycle race had Warren pedal off alone from the start and his efforts were rewarded by winning the £1 prize by leading the field through Gawler (S.A) and then £15 prize at Tarlee (S.A), the race saw him gradually beaten and he finished one hour after the winner.
Warren continued racing against other South Australian champion Tom Robinson and Sid Grivell in the following years in the veterans events.
Being well known amongst prominent traders and business people, Warren established a small local bicycle shop for his time off the saddle.
The shop was located at Payneham Road, Glynde and catered for the cycling community, cycles ranged from casual tourers to road and track racing bikes.
Racing bikes were very well made and utilized the latest equipment and featured custom builds of his frame-sets, his cycles became known as Ren Star.
As a low volume manufacturer his cycles are extremely rare to find, it is unknown when the business ceased however likely to be around the 1940’s.

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