Sunday Bicycle Show
On Sunday, in the ballroom under the same roof as the worlds greatest motorcars, a dazzling array of the worlds most beautiful and technically advanced-for-their-age bicycles will be brought together. The main focus is lightweight racing and touring bicycles from the 1930’s through mid 1980’s. Modern custom built bicycles (with an emphasis on steel) will also be on display.
High-performance, non-suspension mountain bikes of the period are invited. There will also be a display area set aside for antique bicycles (especially those from the 1920’s and 1930’s).
The organizers will pre-screen bicycles entered into the show for appropriateness, and to be sure that the focus of the event is maintained. The organizers want to make this an inclusive and fun day for everyone, so screening will not be overly restrictive. Plus we’ll be gathering information necessary to make some signage for your bicycle!
Judging and Awards
We will be revising this information as the 2024 event gets closer
There will be a great number of amazing bicycles on display. It’s going to be an exciting challenge to judge and evaluate them.
There will be a two-tier structure to awards. First, bicycles will be assigned “groups” with defining characteristics including but not limited to nationality, age, bicycle type, small vs large manufacturer, restoration status, and “user” vs garage queen. The exact definition of a group won’t be decided until August 16th. But there will be a number of “groups”, and the winner of each group will receive a well-deserved certificate.
Second, there will be some “trophies” awarded that will transcend the strict boundaries of “group”. Here is a preliminary (subject to revision) list of trophies:
Best overall bicycle in show, best pre-1960 bicycle, best post-1960 bicycle, best example of the bicycle building craft, best original paint bicycle, best repainted bicycle, and peoples choice best bicycle.
Modern construction “keeper of the flame” steel frame bicycles are welcome in the display!
You will need a stand to support your bicycle that is not wobbly. More info below. We need to avoid damaging the ballroom floor, so sharp contact points on your bicycle and/or stand most be treated to avoid damage.
Volunteers will have their eyes on the display area, but neither the museum nor Classic Bicycles Auburn can be responsible for loss or damage to your bicycle. There may be a waiver to fill out when you arrive to display your bicycle
Unlike some shows, if a bicycle you are showing is also for sale, you can provide your cell number and it will be printed on your bike’s display sign.
We want bikes on stands so they aren’t tippy. Tippy is subjective, but if folks do their best to bring stable stands we should be fine.
A stand that offers what we think offers a minimal level of stability is the Superstand shown below..
You can purchase one in advance and it will be waiting for you at the show. Click Here.
A great stand is the Nitto C-2 – any shop that buys form EuroAsia imports can source one for you. But it’s pricey.
There are other stands that support one or both sides of the axle which work nicely. The key is someone should be able to gently back into a bike without it tipping over as they “feel” the bike and stop backing into it!
Below are images of stands that are too tippy. We think the common feedback stands are too tippy – relative to the Superstand, just a slight bump makes the bike fall over.
All Stands Below Are Unacceptable