Museum Saturday Nights
Join us Saturday evenings this winter for a little bike history.
On November 19th, December 17th, January 14th, and February 19th 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. We use these nights as fundraisers for the PAWS animal shelter, so please bring pet food and/or a cash donation.
December 17th “The Olympic Experience” Bicycles, jerseys, and memorabilia from our collection of Olympic team stuff. We have a pretty broad selection of stuff that have featured in Olympic Games as far back as 1932.
We also have a special guest speaker, local cycling star Chloe Dygert Owen. Chloe will share some fun anecdotes from the most recent Olympics. Chloe is a world champion in a couple of different cycling disciplines and a silver medalist from the Rio games. As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she may have a take on the fastest fenders for your bike and the most aerodynamic rain gear as well.
January 14th: ”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 19th: “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.