Lately, I've been reading Scott's series on custom framebuilders. It's very interesting, and served to remind me that I have met some of these guys and seen some of their work. So I thought I'd give a little description of last year's Velo Rendezvous, with some pictures.
Chuck Schmidt puts on this event every fall in Pasadena. He and his wife do a great job. This past year, the event was put in doubt when Chuck was creamed by a SUV while riding. Broken collarbone, ribs and a nasty gash on the neck, put him in the hospital. But he rallied and put out the effort, and the show went on. The setting for the event is beautiful. It is located in the park that adjoins the Rose Bowl. The weather was absolutely perfect, and seeing all those fantastic bikes in the southern California sun and shade was a great pleasure. Here's a picture of Chuck giving my son his name badge. The pictures here only show the event on Sunday, where folks come out to display their collections, other events occur on the Friday and Saturday preceding the big show. More information on the Velo Rendezvous can be seen here at Chuck's site.
The hardest part about this is figuring out where to start. There were so many bikes to see. I took over 200 pictures, eventually culling them down to about 130. The theme was framebuilders of California in the 1970's. So I'll start with one of those. Brian Baylis was present, as was much of his work. Here's a picture of Brian (on the left) with Sal Buongiorno and the back of a gentleman who I do not know. The rest are the best of the pictures I have of Brian's work that was being displayed that day.
Bruce Gordon next. He was there and I spoke to him briefly. It was an amusing experience. I think I complimented him on his work and tried to make small talk. He said something sarcastic, kind of dismissing me. It cracked me up. And when I started laughing and made a sarcastic comment in return, he seemed to lighten up. Anyway, his work was very pretty and I enjoyed looking at it. Let's see how many pictures I can squeeze in. The first one is Bruce, Chuck Schmidt and Richard Bulis. Bruce is in the center.
Rob Roberson was there, although I didn't see him or know who he was until the awards ceremony. Therefore, I have no pictures of him. Some interesting examples of his work.
You know, as I'm doing this, I realize that I can't do it justice. I have so many great pictures and I don't know how many I can upload to this blog. I have pictures of Peter Johnson bikes, Sal B. and his wonderful collection of old track iron, including a Pogliaghi track tandem from the 60's. Plus there are tons of Masis, Cinellis, Colnagos, Olmos, Bianchis and the other usual stuff. Not to mention a Thanet, a Moorson, an Art Stump, and another Confente. I don't think I can show them all. Maybe if this post gets enough interest, I'll do a part two.
I did want to show my friend Charles Andrews with his beautiful Gloria from the 50's(?).
All in all, quite a shindig. Barbecue was served at the lunch hour. Lots of fun. My 15 year old son seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. He was full of questions about framebuilding. I was glad to see his interest because, quite frankly, he was the only one his age there. It was 99% gray hairs like myself. What will happen to all these wonderful machines when we are gone?