Ann Arbor, MI Classic Bike Show (pics added 3 May)
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.
Last edited by speedy25; 05-03-12 at 05:06 PM.
Reason: add pics
I saw a lot more junk for sale than nice bikes this year. Saw no cycle trucks, Most Jaguars were painted, most phantoms were painted,,and someguys have no shame with how bad their bikes are painted. Saw no Rails. Bike show was fun , but I usually find a lot of good deals on parts,,and they were few and far between. I understand there were much better deals at Memory Lane. I saw a red Schwinn 16" pixie with the convertable bar for 600 bucks lol,,I have the exact bike almost as nice as that one,,I bought for 5.99 in a Salvation army lol. I was miffed at that 600 dollar pixie since the guy had a Manta Ray with a discbrake for 900 right next to his pixie lol
I bought 6 Schwinn used tires that ranged from 1 to 2 bucks and a positron derailer for 10 bucks,,thats all I could find.
There were some nuggets there, but it is always hit-or-miss at Ann Arbor, as the show is typically only about 5% C&V. The weather was perfect this year, so it was busy by 9 a.m. No mud! No snow!
I went with a friend, and we were very good - we didn't buy any bikes, and I only purchased a few items.
There was a stunning full-Campagnolo 1973 Jack Taylor tandem for sale. Too small for me, thank goodness, as the price was very reasonable and the bike was a time warp, in almost 'very excellent' condition, and had its original blue paint and pinstriping. Even (all of) the fillets looked great. About $1250 would have taken it home. It was a 22/21.
The most interesting bikes (except for the Taylor) were outside, near the entrance to Building #1. A guy (who has many, many early, award-winning Paramounts, that I've seen, and that are stunning) had a 1930s chromed six-day bike that looked almost all original. BSA parts, wooden rims, slider stem, all the right stuff. It had the lowest asking price of all of his old track iron (about $2500, iirc), but in my opinion it was the nicest and most valuable one. Maker was undetermined. It had 1980s Diamant decals on it, which were for sure wrong....
There was also an essentially NOS 1980s Columbus SL Razesa in chromovelato red with full Zeus bits. Unridden, supposedly, and it very well could have been. Asking $1000, but I bet $700 would have bought it. Too small for me (again, luckily, as I would really, really love to have a mint Razesa like that).
I found an NOS/boxed Sugino AT triple crankset in 175 for $50, plus a couple other small items. Sam Fitzsimmons had some crazy-large framesets like a 72.5 cm Witcomb, plus 26-inch Paramounts, etc.
Pickings were generally pretty slim, though. A beat-up early 1970s Raleigh Competition for $600 that looked like it was worth maybe one-third of that, and not much else, basically. It was still fun to spend a few hours there, though, just to see all of the colorful characters!
Via has some pictures of the track bikes mentioned as well as a picture of what I assume is the loaded van which I believe belonges to Via.Scroll down to april 29 to see the van picture. http://bikeville.blogspot.com/
I saw a red Schwinn 16" pixie with the convertable bar for 600 bucks lol,,I have the exact bike almost as nice as that one,,I bought for 5.99 in a Salvation army lol. I was miffed at that 600 dollar pixie since the guy had a Manta Ray with a discbrake for 900 right next to his pixie lol
I saw that bike too, but didnt even think to look for a price. I expected to see more parts too. Memory lanes tables seemed to be bustling with activity. The woman I talked to there was very friendly. Thats sooo much better than the usual sales people I encounter.
Agree, 753, it was disappointing from the parts point of view. I was greatly tempted by that Jack Taylor tandem, which was my size, but I really have no need for a tandem. I just didn't find much I could use. I'm not into vintage cruisers, even in perfect condition.
That Razesa was hot!
Also interesting were Detroit-built lightweight frames by Detroit Bicycles. He builds frames based on vintage Paramounts, all road fixies. He uses Columbus SL.
There was a cycletruck in the A building in the show. The show is always few and far between for the vintage lightweights. I am glad i didn't bring more money with me because i would have bought something from Sam (Riv Atlantis, Specialized Expedition, or maybe the Diamond frame). I have never seen so many jumbo bikes or frames In one spot in my life. Last year he had an unfortunately my size Alex Singer. It crushed me seeing a big Singer. I couldnt bring myself to measure the top tube to see how well it would fit knowing i couldnt afford the $3k price tag.
Hi, It was A great show Any one know who got the black schwinn superior that was in the white truck? want to sell it? The blue taylor was mine bout killed me to sell it but the wife would not ride it.I know who has it if your interested lkm and I will ask if he wants to sell thanks for the kind words it truly was special