Museum Saturday Nights
Join us Saturday evenings this winter for a little bike history.
On December 5th, January 16th, and February 20th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jeff and Paul will lead some bicycle history talks with demonstrations and some hands-on displays. There will also be snacks and refreshments.
December 5th: ”Pedaling for a Paycheck” We’ll take a look at some bikes that have earned their keep. There’ll be professional racing bikes from different eras, newspaper delivery bikes that saw early morning routes, and a rickshaw that was once pedaled through the streets of New Dehli.
As a special treat, professional cyclist Kiel Reijnen from Trek Factory Racing (and formerly of team UHC, Team Type 1, Jelly Belly and Classic Cycle) will tell us what it’s like to get paid to race a bike. Kiel is a good storyteller, and will have anecdotes from the classic races, the team bus, and from inside the peloton.
January 16th: ”The weird ones” will showcase all of the really strange stuff in the collection.
We’ll have bikes on display that demonstrate a clear lack of common sense. Questionable safety, design fads, outrageous prices and offensive marketing will be the theme of the night.
Scratch your head and wonder “What were they thinking?” as you check out bicycles with bumpers, stick shifts, or retractable headlights. There’ll be bicycle advertising from Camel cigarettes, helmets that made head injury worse, and design features that nobody in their right minds would have included.
February 20th: “State of the Art” will show off frame and component designs that have been labeled “Cutting Edge” throughout the decades,
You’ll get to check out cutting edge materials and everything ever labeled “the latest”. Bikes that have been welded, glued, bolted, and tied together. Bikes made out of aluminum before anyone knew how to weld it. Bikes flash cast out of magnesium (a new frame in only 7 seconds). Missteps and real strides in plastic, carbon, steel and titanium bicycle construction. This evening will show you how rapidly technology and style changes.