Museum Saturday Nights
Join us Saturday evenings this winter for a little bike history.
On December 7, January 11, and February 8 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 7: “Shifting Times” will showcase derailleur systems through the ages.
We’ll have bikes and demonstrations with a 1930s OsGear and Vittoria Margerita, a Trivelox shifting system, Campagnolo’s 1940-era Paris-Roubaix with “suicide shifters,” 1950s Benelux, ’60s and ’70s-era Campy, 1980s indexed Shimano equipment and 1990′s Mavic Zap.
January 11: “100 Years of Design Change” will focus on frame design through the decades with odd materials, construction techniques, and frame layout.
You’ll get to check out Truss-style frames and steel tubing bent every way imaginable. 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 why some modern bikes still look 100 years old, and why the future never arrived for certain designs.
February 8: “A Century of Nutty Ideas” will include weird contraptions and bicycle designs that never panned out, from dangerous penny-farthings to early frame suspension to bicycle lawn mowers.