Friday night, May 3rd.
About 35 rowdy (not really) early-arriving folk had a group dinner and drinks at Pastabilities, a charming little restaurant just a block away from cycles de ORO.. A jolly good time was had by all and the wait staff was great, even under the stress of this gang!
Saturday, May 4:
- A 10 AM Classic
Rendezvous Intro ride of approximately 25 miles began from
cycles de ORO Bike Shop. About 15 hail & hearty riders went off in the
occasional misting rain to see the highlights of Greensboro. The
Greensboro Velo Club's very own. ever loquacious Mary Hughes chatted
away at every point, thoroughly entertaining the out of towners as well
as the local folk..
1. Hilary Stone, Bristol, England and associate editor of Cycling Plus magazine, presented a very in-depth look at British accessory and parts manufacturers and charted, with the aid of many slides, the eventual decline and disappearance of these makers. It was a fascinating view of those companies and their products with added insight as to why they became non competitors in the world bicycle market. Brilliant job, Hilary!
2. Richard Sachs, Chester, Conn., and a Master bicycle frame maker who began with Witcomb UK and Witcomb USA, presented a multi faceted presentation:
He gave a very personal relating of his career in bicycle making, a fascinating insight into his frame design philosophies and a look at his beautiful bicycles, complete, as a painted frame alone and even a "bare-naked" frame to show the joining intricacies! Bravo, E-Richie!
3. Ray Etherton , Essex, England, and former owner of Classic Bicycles, lived up to his reputation as a cut-up when he began his slide show talk wearing a tartan cap and red wig!
He spoke and illustrated eccentric(?) or "unorthodox" British cycle designs, including (among others) taper tubes, twin tubes, curly tubes and Bivalent tubes!!
4. Dale Brown, Greensboro NC and proprietor of cycles de ORO, gave a slide presentation about his friend and associate, custom frame maker McLean Fonvielle. McLean passed away in 1983 after having initially apprenticed at Holdsworth in London and made fine bicycles frames for 10 years in NC.
The group then descended on Macado's Restaurant in downtown town
Greensboro for further food, drink and vintage and classic bicycle
Sunday May 6
The weather became sunny and bright and a long day of activities
- The Cirque Vintage bike show was a new high... Over 70 bikes were formally on display with many more in vendors booths which could have been in the count! See the awards and photos to catch a glimpse of the awesome machines on display!
Thanks again to all
attendees .... we hope to get together again and have at least as much
fun next year!!