It has been great fun, this fall, to attend a number of local bike events. Gathering with like-minded bike geeks, builders, riders and suppliers makes these events something I look forward to with great anticipation, and truly enjoy. Catching up on product news, personal events, and general schmoozing is all part of the deal.
It all started with the Brompton US Championship in Richmond, VA, in September. The race was scheduled to coincide with the UCI World Road Championships – 9 days of elite racing events with riders from around the world. A 10-mile road course was laid out downtown and Richmond was bursting at the seams with riders, support staff and fans from around the world. The Brompton event is both a race and a party, with awards given for the fastest male and female riders, teams, veteran riders, and best dressed male and female (the rules require formal wear with no visible spandex, with liberal interpretations). I rode with my lovely wife Deborah, who won the prize for best dressed female. The prize was a matching red Brompton Game Bag. Woot!
Regular readers know of our passion for Bromptons. There is a community and culture unlike any other centered around these fabulous folding bikes. What else can you ride in red heels on cobbles. . . in the rain. . . after dark. . . and enjoy it?!
Next up was the New England Bike Builder’s Ball in Providence. Like the Brompton US Championship, it was part of a multi-day race event. This time it was the KMC Cyclocross Festival in Roger Williams Park. Independent bike builders, manufacturers and suppliers had booths, and the place was packed. There was also beer and food trucks. What more can you ask for?!!
Two of our customers were at the Builder’s Ball for the first time as vendors. Anton, of Velo-Lumino, was there with his marvelous retro-looking tail lights and TMAT stem switch. And David of Sinewave Cycles was showing his Revolution and Reactor USB chargers. Their tables were crowded each time I wandered by, which was good to see. Good luck, guys!
Peter Weigle’s French Fender Day is one that I most look forward to all year long. The year was bigger and better than ever, and the weather could not have been better. Nowhere else are so many extraordinary classic and current bikes in one place set up for close examination, comparison, discussion, and riding. I’ve posted a few shots here.
Thanks, Peter, can’t wait ’till next year!
Next up, the Philly Bike Expo! Over the past few years under the leadership of Bina Bilenky Trahan and her dad, Steven, it has become a major east coast event. Make it if you can, you’ll be glad you did! I’ll report back. . .