Bike show to highlight classics, just for fun

Bike show to highlight classics, just for fun

CHAMPAIGN — If you've got a cool, old classic bicycle in the garage, or you like to look at bicycles, then an event later this month is for you.

Champaign Cycle is hosting a Classic Bike Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17. The first-time, free event is modeled after classic car shows.

"It's a just-for-fun event," said Peter Davis, owner of Champaign Cycle. "There are people out there who have some neat old bikes who would like to have the opportunity to show them, and there are people who like old bikes. We're just bringing them together. It's just supposed to be a simple, easy, summertime event."

The show will include barbecue for sale, and Davis plans a short bicycle cruise after the show for anyone who wants to join in.

About 20 people so far have signed up to bring their bikes to display at the show, and Davis is looking for more.

Anyone wanting to participate must register in advance by emailing classics@champaign cycle.com. The bike shop will provide suggestions on how to display the bikes and a form to identify the bikes and their unique features.

Davis said he is looking for unusual and unique bicycles, particularly those that were limited editions.

"If you've got a 1976 Schwinn Varsity Bicentennial edition, that's interesting. If you've got a 1982 beatup blue Schwinn Varsity, that wouldn't be interesting," he said.

Champaign Cycle has an 1896 Overman high-wheeler, or penny farthing, on display at the store.

Among the interesting bicycles to be at the bike show are Davis' 1973 Schwinn Paramount; a three-wheeled chain-driven tricycle; a Gitane track bike; a couple of custom-built Land Shark bicycles; and some old British racing tricycles.

"I've been in business for 40 years now. My personal experience goes back that far," Davis said. "Those bikes of the '70s during the bike boom, it's fun to see them. It's sort of like an old car. It may connect you to a place or event in your life."

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