Been a busy week. Finally have time to post.
We were greeted by Elvis as we entered the show.
Schwinn definitely had its presence known. I think i saw every model in every color except for a Cycle truck like mine! The organized show in building A had some cool stuff. I think there was one person that has a BUNCH of very early bikes.
One friendly vendor had a very nice bike on display in his booth and raised an interesting perspective.... When the bike was new the kids who rode them probably tossed them in the yard or the sidewalk like all the other kids! Anyone would cringe at that thought now on a collectible bike.
Somebody made a cool updated high wheeler. The pedals were mounted to a ratcheting hub so you could rest and not have your feet spinning around on the pedals like the old ones did.
The CRAZIEST vendor award goes to a guy from PA who had a roof rack with bikes stacked on top. I would guess there may have been at least 50. He also had a large u-haul trailer to carry the rest of his stock totally packed. Oh yeah, and his tow vehicle was an Astro van!! It was horribly overloaded and unsafe. I hope he got back OK. We caught up with him on the turnpike where he was scaring the truckers.
Over in the auction ring a bike with a Tour de France connection went up. I wasnt sure if the bike WAS in the race or just owned by a racer. The auctioneer started at 3k with no takers and he discontinued the auction when there were no bids at a grand. I dont know what the bike was.
Sensory overload looking at old bikes. Some stuff was really cool and other stuff mundane. I didnt buy anything but enjoyed the experience.
Found a really cool eastern restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor. My sweetie and I had their specialty of Kati rolls. Its kinds like a Gyro but different spices. They were really good and when we were done the cook gave us our lunch for free because we had fun chatting with him.
Thought you might enjoy a report.