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    2014 Seattle Bike Expo

    I tossed the fixed gear bike in the car and drove into Seattle to go see the Seattle Bike Expo. I parked at Gasworks and rode from there to the waterfront pier where the Expo was held.

    The show is quite large but I was there largely for a few reasons:

    I had to settle up a bill for some bike clothes my Wife had ordered - Done!

    I registered for the wonderful Chelan Century where if you do this during the Expo, they give you a free bottle of Wine and a new pair of bike socks. - Done!

    And…

    The vintage bike show!

    I had two bikes on the Exhibit and mine pale in comparison to some of the beauties that are shown here. I had a great time, meeting up with forumites "boegster" and alex moll as well as Lane from last years' Cino Heroica and probably a dozen other friends.

    I tried to take some photos but most of them really suck. I haven't really mastered how to shoot indoors with a point n shoot camera.

    Sorry

    Here are a few photos from the Vintage Bike show at the expo



    boegsters' beautiful Hetchins


    A stunning Singer in almost the same color as mine; outfitted in the best the French had to offer:






    A mystery bike


    But the one that really caught my attention was this Pitard Campuer




    Anyways, I thought you'd like a peek at the show. I will be going back tomorrow afternoon to pick up my bikes. I'll try to take some better photos then

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    Dang. It's probably a good thing I had to work this weekend and couldn't come over for this. Don't want to be getting any ideas...

    One thing that works for me with my point-n-shoot camera when shooting indoors in bad light, is focus on something dark in the range you want in focus; for example, the head tube on your Pitard side view shot. On a lot of point-n-shoot cameras, this means pointing the camera directly at the head tube, pushing and holding the shutter button halfway to focus on that spot (popping up a little square in the middle of the viewscreen), then pan to whatever you want in the frame (the whole bike) and squeezing the trigger the rest of the way to shoot. Don't know if yours can do this, but if so, you'll be focused on the bike that way, rather than the background behind the bike.
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    Thanks for the pics.

    Appreciated!

    Also, that Pitard and the Singer knocked me out.

    Not to mention that pretty Hetchins.

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    I had a fun time at the show today with the family. Funny world...I was admiring Northbend's photos here the other night and then the next day I meet him in the flesh along with his fantastic Singer and Gordon. Hopefully we can go for a ride one of these days...his bikes look even better in person...and it looks like they'd fit me. The vintage section of the show is fantastic. Too many to chose from but if forced that Pittard is near the top along with a couple awesome Cinelli's, a beautiful tan Bianchi, and Alex's pristine Eddy Merckx. Not much in the main show interested me except for the wooden Renovos and a custom build by Winter Bicycles...the "dance" bike demonstration was pretty awesome as well. Pretty amazing skills. Posted a bunch of random shots below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7750242...7641734814343/

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    Wow. Some real beauties.

    I will have to make a point of coming down next year. The event escaped my notice until it was a little late (not that I didn't consider just dropping everything and tossing one of my bikes on the train leaving Pacific Central Station).

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    That is cool. I went in 1993 when I was stationed at McChord AFB. I don't have any pics though. the only thing I remember is all the manufactures that were there. I don't remember any C&V though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    On a lot of point-n-shoot cameras, this means pointing the camera directly at the head tube, pushing and holding the shutter button halfway to focus on that spot (popping up a little square in the middle of the viewscreen), then pan to whatever you want in the frame (the whole bike) and squeezing the trigger the rest of the way to shoot.
    One thing I like about the camera on my cell phone is that I can reverse the order: frame the shot, then touch the screen where I want the focus, then press the shutter "button".

    Nice bikes. Waiting to see more. I like the wrench mount on your fixie, @northbend. I'll have to try that out on mine. I generally forget to take a wrench, which sort of makes the whole patch kit/spare tube thing pretty worthless.

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    Thanks smontanaro, I resorted to my old bolted down wrench when i couldn't find my peanut butter wrench. It's gotta be buried in the garage somewhere..

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    Real nice pictures, Matt(as per the usual). I also like your tool kit, never seen that done before.

    I missed the show, and will have to make a point of going one of these years.

    Thanks for the link to your photos as well, Bogester. Great shots.
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    Nice pics! I am heading there later today.
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    So jealous! I am usually in Seattle for business once or twice a year but never during bike show :-(
    We went to Toronto bike show yesterday - what a joke, it gets worse and worse every year. Couple of manufacturers, so called marketplace with inflated prices and that's about it.
    Saw nice touring Mariposa rig in one of the booths (someone's personal ride) and that was the highlight of the show.

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    Sweet pics. I "might" get some time later to drop in down there, but it's a pretty good ride, by bike or bus, so I might not make it. Have fun, whoever goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogester View Post
    Not much in the main show interested me except for the wooden Renovos and a custom build by Winter Bicycles...the "dance" bike demonstration was pretty awesome as well. Pretty amazing skills.


    I feel pretty much the same way about the rest of the expo but there were a few exceptions.

    The beer bike

    I would love to someday own space frame Moulton:

    A conflicted soul must own this bike (displayed in the vintage bike show)..



    I'll try to get some more photos later on today when I go back to pick up my bikes at the end of the show..

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    I did not two and two together and realize that was your Singer I was looking at. Beautiful!

    Sorry about the drool I left on the top tube.

    A bit biased, I couldn't help but thing a dozen vintage mountain bikes would have looked nice somewhere in the display.
    Seek: Early 80's Mountain Goat Bar/Stem Combo.

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    I went back today to pick up my bikes. Aemmer, there were no traces of spittle on the Singer so no worries.

    I did get a few more mediocre photos of some of the bikes in the show. I wish I could do them justice.
    Stucchi…




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    Some more details from my favorite:


    Jack Taylor Trike

    Bianchi

    Lanes' L'Eroica bike and jersey:

    7-11 baby

    Urago

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    The Pitard was sitting on flat tires? Garage queen or minor vandalism?

    Maybe the owner did that after leaving the show on Saturday so it couldn't be so easily ridden out the door by some adventurous opportunist.

    The hubs on that thing are just bonkers. I am somewhat smitten, I must admit.
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    Dang! I had wanted to attend but a nasty cold kept me in the house all weekend. Thanks for the photos.

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    Ended up not making it either as some home improvement projects took longer than expected.
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    I was unfortunately unable to attend the actual show. I did get to see a fair number of the bikes when I dropped mine off on Friday (I think you might be able to see it's rear wheel between the wheels of the Jack Taylor trike). Particularly interesting was the Applehans (sp?) copper plated track bike and Jeff Groman's other track bikes. The six day race era is something I know almost nothing about but I love the bikes and want to know more.

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    'Twas nice to hang with Matt and Rob.

    Some more eye candy follows.

    This is the bike I will own someday - a pristine '64 Bianchi:



    The always interesting Rigi:


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    Ric H, of Wheel Fanatyk, displayed this super cool rim drill, from 1897:





    And my '82 Eddy Merckx professional ended up in the EM booth, and also center stage during a talk. That's a longer story, and might require a separate post:


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    Sorry I missed it. Thanks for the photos.
    (the new snow in the mts was irresistible).
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    I missed it this year, too, but I had a good excuse

    Thanks for all the pictures, guys; next year for sure!

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    Bob Freeman's videos of the Vintage Bike Show:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8379107...h/13054534705/

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