So, we held our first Classic/Unique Bike Show last Saturday. The concept was easy, if you had a classic (loose criteria but said at least 25 years old) or unique (even more vague) bike, bring it down to the shop Saturday morning. We got some fencing materials from our buddies at SARS and Marley Construction and created a secure viewing area. We then lined up the all the fancy bikes and hung tags on them with their year, make, model and personal story. We had 68 bikes on display!
The lot was very diverse with vintage cruisers, early mountain bikes, home made jobers, hand made road bikes, tandems, trikes, gas assists, dual-drives and lots and lots of interesting stories.
We opened gates from 12-4pm and anyone could go through, view the bikes and vote on their choice for Best in Show and Most Unique. We had nearly 200 people come through the viewing area and 149 votes cast.
A vintage 1958 Ladies Western Flyer Sonic Flyer Limited “Sparkle Edition,” submitted by Kalee Peters and Tim French from Sandpoint, Idaho, was crowned “Best of Show” by the voters.
A custom-built Schwinn “Tall Boy” bike, entered by Dave Parkins of Garfield Bay, was voted “Most Unique.”
Placing second in the Best of Show category was a 1951 Schwinn Hornet, submitted by Brett Mullinder of Sandpoint. A converted Huffy Lawn Mower Bike, entered by Jim Mellen of Sandpoint, placed second in the Most Unique category. The lawn mower bike welded an old Huffy with a push-blade lawn mower, which worked great if you are riding straight ahead. Prizes were awarded to the two bicycles receiving the most votes in each category.
Each bicycle submitted had a personal story of its history. One touching story was the 1934 Blue Ribbon Girl’s Cruiser, submitted by Steve Meyer of Sandpoint: "My mother received the bicycle on her 12th birthday. Her father died that year, and being it was the Depression, there wasn’t a lot of hope. Her neighbors chipped in and bought this bike as a birthday present. Surely, it cheered her up. I can imagine the thrill."
I was super stoked with the response from both people that brought their bikes down for display and the people that wandered through to view the bikes. I heard some great stories and made some new friends. This will for sure happen again next year and I promise to make it an even bigger event.
One last note, this little Bike Show was held during the Lost in the Fifties weekend. So, there were lots of gas guzzling cars roding around town...kinda of ironic...or something like that as I get those words confused.