The Art and History of the Bicycle

Whoa!  I’ve been on a rush of work from my job (which I’m grateful to have and is totally un bicycle related) and have been neglecting this blog.  In between work and kids I’ve been squeezing in as many rides as possible and did make a quick visit to the Sonoma County museum’s exhibit of the Art and History of the Bicycle.  The show is up until February 5th and is well worth the a visit if you’re in the area.  I had to do a quick run through the show because I had my 3 kids with me and keeping them from touching everything was basically impossible.

The shows focus is a general overview of bicycle history and northern CA’s influence on mountain biking and regional bike builders.  I definitely could have spent more time reading up on everything but here is a brief photo overview of the show.

The star of the show for me was a bike made of wood by the Old Hickory Cycle Company  in 1896. 

The Healdsburg Wheelmen 1895.

Santa Rosa Wheelmen 1895.  These guys look serious.

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My name’s Brian and this site is part of my endeavor to embrace my love of cycling and self-improvement. Background: I grew up loving bicycles. I started on a direct drive 16” hand me down with hard rubber tires. From there I got my first BMX bike a 20” Western Flyer with mag wheels; I’ll bet it weighed 30lbs. After that I graduated to my first real quality bike a chrome alloy Redline that was sadly stolen when I neglected to bring it into the garage at a friend’s house. My loving parents were kind enough to replace it with a used Kuwahara which I loved because Elliot from E.T. had a Kuwahara. Around this time I was 11 years old and an opportunity to buy a bicycle shop happened to be presented to my father. The BICYCLE GODS had heard my prayers! My ultimate dream had come true my father purchased Continental Bicycles in Raytown MO. I worked alongside my father every weekend and summer until he decided to close the shops doors around the time I was eighteen. As you may expect during this time I acquired a number of bikes. I raced BMX for many years on a Profile that I loved. I went to college and continued to work in a local bike shop every summer Midwest Cyclery. By the time I went to graduate school I turned my attention to other pursuits beyond cycling and had not really ridden my bike for about 10 years! About three years ago started mountain biking again. At first once a week and then something happened, I started feeling like a kid again! Now all I want to do is ride my bike and improve my skills. I’ve started the HomeGOO website out of my belief that the ingredients you can buy at your local store are better for you and more environmentally friendly than purchasing disposable gel’s. I’m setting a goal this year to build this business and significantly improve my cycling speed and endurance while juggling being a good husband and father of 3 beautiful children. Follow me to see how it goes! Disclaimer: I am not a professional or expert at: Nutrition, Cycling, Cycling Maintenance or Journalism!

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Cycling History, Events and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great post. How long will the exhibit be shown?

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