From the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher, this special exhibition features some 40 bicycles representing every decade from 1925 to the present, each chosen by Embacher as examples of pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. The exhibition will include racing, mountain, single speed, touring, tandem, urban, folding, cargo, curiosities, and children’s bicycles. There will also be various events and programs taking place all summer long, check out the Cyclepedia Programs Calender for dates and more information.
Today, Saturday June 8th, is the 20th running of the Second Ascent Ballard Criterium. One of Seattle’s classic bike races with a great city course (with a brick section), lots of fans and a fantastic atmosphere. Just like the original crits in Belgium, the keystone pro event kicks off at 7:30pm with fans spilling out of the local bars and restaurants to watch and cheer. Its family friendly with a good mix of spectators. Other categories and women’s races go earlier in the afternoon.
And go for a ride! I hope you all can get out there on two wheels!
This Thursday is the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Stop by Il Corvo Pasta at at 217 James St. (Between 2nd & 3rd Aves.) where a handful of bicycle craftsmen will showcase their work in making handbuilt bicycles. There will be champagne (for sale at a “reasonable rate.”) It looks as though Hampsten and 333fab will be in the house.
I don’t have many more details, but I suggest you check it out. 5-9pm this Thursday.
It feels like things have changed in urban cycling over the last few years. It’s being embraced by pop culture and you can see bikes and riders shown in a positive light in commercials, music and film. Not that it’s indicative of motorists embracing those that they are expected to share the road with necessarily- but urban cycling feels more casual lately. With a culture of it’s own, it seems it’s time to showcase those that have helped bring urban cycling to where it is today.
Enter the UCHOF.
UCHOF is a collaborative effort that celebrates the culture of urban cycling and showcases the history and people shaping the modern urban bike movement.
UCHOF Selection Committee is compromised of those individuals who have contributed to the urban cycling movement and have been assembled to cull through the nominees and select the UCHOF Class of 2013. This year’s inaugural committee includes Kevin “Squid” Bolger, John “Prolly” Watson, Christina Peck, Austin Horse, Nelson Vails and Andy White.
UCHOF pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed significantly to the urban cycling culture and draws attention to the influence urban cycling has had in popular culture through events, products and legendary triumphs of influential cyclists. UCHOF’s mission in the first year is to collect the artifacts and stories of urban cyclists to create the Collections that will tell the story of urban cycling and educate the public on urban cycling culture. At it’s core UCHOF was born from the desire to unite riders and gather collectibles to tell the story of where we came from and who helped us get here
As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement. The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers. Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level. Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.
From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18 2013.
To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.
You can follow them on the Instagram at @Urbancyclinghof
Facebook at Urban Cycling Hall of Fame
And Twitter at @Urbancyclinghof