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National Handmade Bicycle show Friday, Saturday, Sunday

I value anything handmade, and my bicycle is handmade. At least part of it is.  I turned the handlebars around, and made a seatpost of solid aluminum bar stock that lets me ride my mountain bike Trek as a comfort bike.  My dog has a padded bed on the front rack, using the extra space I made over the front wheel.  My saddlebags carry everything else, except umbrellas which are in a backpack openable whilst riding.  So I guess I qualify to write about other handmade vehicles.  I hope to find some recumbent trikes, and some adaptable frames for senior adults, and disabled people at this show.

I believe in art as part of biking.  I was in the Nite Brite parade at Christmas time in the Fab 40’s.  I drove Kevin Greenberg’s Toaster the following day.  He built it from old balloon tire girl’s bikes.  Two bikes welded toether to make a kind of truck fram which was covered with a light plastic box resembling a toaster.  It had lights, and signage, and you could see him standing up to pedal, and to direct the flow of about 500 lighted bicycles.  He and other artists will be featured in this show.

There will be over 150 bicycle makers of international repute.  I personally met Craig Calfee while in Santa Cruz.  He had been working on prototypes of bamboo frames made with African species, and put together with carbon fibre, jute and various epoxy concotions that allowed rural people in Africa, and elsewhere,  to build workbikes that they could use on single track trails, which are often muddy.

This show will have Steve Rex of local frame building fame, and Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles in Portland Oregon.  Portland is home to dozens of frame makers, and parts designers. Paul Sackoff of Rock Lobster, a Santa Cruz frame wizard will be here.

The show opens today at the Sacramento Convention Center from 11AM to 6 PM.  Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Tickets are $22 per day, with multi-day discounts. For further information visit their website at www.2012handmadebicycles.com or call the box office at (502) 265-1122.

MadCat bicycles is leading a free ride from deVere’s pub on L Street in Sacramento to deVere’s in Davis on Saturday morning at 8:30.  I am sure there will be some famous frames and bike parts on this ride. And I think the beer will be flowing.

 

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Robin Aurelius

Robin Aurelius is a retired librarian, member of CSUS Friends of the Library, politicfal activist, church organist, accordion player, folk singer, storyteller, member of Sons Retirement Branch 33, theater goer, member of Nextdoor Sacramento, and writer for the Sacramento Press

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