I spent another beautiful bike day wandering around town.
I volunteered to help the "Safe Kids" group provide free helmets for kids.
Although it was a beautiful location and time, the turnout was light and all the volunteers were disappointed. In the past, the event has had huge turnouts but was held during the week. I think a lot of the kids in the past were captive to care programs of one type or another who herded them off to the bike roadeo and safety clinic. Oh well, we tried.
In the afternoon, I wandered into the Vintage Bike Show
sponsored by and held at a local bar. The Old Dog Tavern
has been holding this for years now and
it is beginning to draw a number of people who restore old bikes in the area.
There seem to be a huge crowd who work on the cruisers.
There are a lot of lightweights there as well, like the Ross above
and this beautiful example of a first experiment with aluminum.
In the not exactly vintage, but interesting department was this Calfee Bamboo bike.
I love the proponents of those who proclaim them the "sustainable bike." Yeah right,
as if they grew derailers and cranks in a petri dish or something. It is an interesting frame concept and it is certainly better for the environment than Al Gore's limo.
This Dawes from the fifties was the real prize. It reminded me that I am cash poor this week and by the time I am cash flush it will be next week and I will be over it.
I walked away feeling good that there is this much interest in bike talk and beer.