20+ years ago, a
diverse group of vintage bike buffs discovered one another with the
principal catalyst of connecting through the Internet . Seemingly all of a
sudden, new interests were sparked and more and more folks became
interested in lightweight vintage bikes.
- An enthusiast (Michael Starwalker?) in Colorado started a
short-lived web site (name ?) for classic bikes,
and many of us got started that way.
- Bill Ward in the Pacific Northwest had a mailing list where he offered
vintage bikes and
parts to enthusiasts.
- Mike Kone in the greater Boston area started a vintage-focus bike
shop and mail order concern named
Bicycle Classics (now
owned by Greg Parker)
- Dale Brown started the Classic Rendezvous web site in
- The L'Eroica
in Gaiole Italy was begun in 1997.
- In 1998, Dale started the first
Cirque du Cyclisme event in Greensboro, NC. It was a bike ride,
a swap meet and a vintage bike show; "A 3 ring circus of bike fun".
Chuck Schmidt organized his
Velo Rendezvous event from 2001 until 2008 in Pasadena, CA.
- In 2007, Dale retired from organizing the Cirque du Cyclisme and
Bingham took over, bringing it to Leesburg, Va.
- In 2011 and again in
organized "fill-in" events called the CR
Now, both the
CR weekends and the Cirque du Cyclisme have run their
Or at least have used up the energies of their respective organizers! This
will be the last of this series. We hope if you are reading this that you
will decide to come!
But let me also quickly say that Wayne
and I will happily advise & assist any new organizers of similar events in
the future. It's a lot of work but also very rewarding!