Art on wheels
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The banana seat bike on display at the High Point Theatre brings back memories for Sallie Robinson.
As a kid, she would pedal hers as fast as she could down the street, racing her friends, she said.
“It helps you understand how bikes and art are really a part of your world,” she said of “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form,” an art-oriented event throughout the High Point Cycling Classic area.
Robinson, of Virginia, is in High Point volunteering this weekend to help her brother, Chip Duckett, organizer of the classic.
Each of these events is free and open now through Sunday afternoon.
Hand-built bikes: Showplace lobby
“There’s no other bike in the world that looks exactly like this bike,” said Dave Wages, gesturing to a bike that he built.
Wages, of Wisconsin, started a custom-made bike company in 2008.
“These bikes are made just for you, like tailored clothing,” said Mark DiNucci, of Oregon, who has been building bikes for 40 years.
Wages, DiNucci and other custom-made bike builders are available for discussions about the process behind their unique creations.
Some are taking orders. The hardest part about ordering a custom-made bike, Wages joked, is choosing the color.
Art galleries: High Point Theatre
Most of Theatre Art Galleries’ collection of bike-related and bike-created artwork is for sale.
Highlights include a giant “welcome mat” made of bike inner tubes and spray paint, a statue of a woman made of recycled bicycle parts, and a comical painting of a man barking at a dog who is riding a bicycle.
Prices range from just under $50 to nearly $5,000.
Upstairs, five award-winning bike builders, including Wages and DiNucci, have works featured in “5 Leading Lights.”
Vintage bikes: High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom
“This is probably the best collection of vintage bikes in the history of America,” said Steven Masland, of New Jersey, who brought nine of his own.
Scattered around the room are a rainbow of bicycles: canary yellow, cherry red, mint green, silver. Dating as far back as 1899, some are worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Some have appeared in newspapers and magazines like Playboy, while others won major tours and races.
The show’s centerpiece depends on your interests, said Scott Ramsay, one of the show’s organizers, from Kernersville.
“You could ask everybody that question and they’d give you a different answer,” he said.
The show is a source of camaraderie for bike-lovers, both men said, and a walk down memory lane for all.
“These are the bikes that, when people were kids, they would press their faces up against the window and say, ‘I want that one,’” said Masland.
Love vintage bikes? Here’s a schedule of the Vintage Bicycle Festival presentations in the High Point Theatre:
1 p.m.: “Bicycle Collectors in Japan + Junior Women’s Dev Team”
2 p.m.: “Vintage bicycle Restoration”
3 p.m.: “The Jersey Project book and USA racing in the USA”
4 p.m.: “6 Day Bike Racer,” a 1934 movie