I not only saw the Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie about bike messengers, but I also saw the Kevin Bacon one from 1986. I was the clear choice to cover a bike expo.
brewery tours, east-side mountain bike tours, west-side mountain bike tours, and tours of Palmer Park and its surrounding architecture. There was even a guy who would teach you how to make your own bike frames for $1000.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Detroit could be getting another nonprofit bike co-op. Southwest Rides wants to transform from an informal bike club to a full time bike institution. They'll be located in the Springwells neighborhood (the less popular side of Southwest Detroit).
The Slingshot bike uses a suspension method I haven't seen before, but this wooden bike was definitely the most unique bike on display.
I needed a closer look too to believe it.Detroit Bicycle Company. They're sleek looking bikes that catch your eye. To me, that bike is just too pretty to ride. It just seems like the type of bike you'd be too afraid to take off of its pedestal. Can you imagine cruising down Woodward on that thing, with every bum and crackhead trying to size up the bike's scrap value?
Shinola. This company makes bikes and watches out of the Argonaut Building in the New Center area. I don't get the bikes and watches association either.
example here). The Shinola bike just along glided on the ground when I rode it, but with price tags ranging from $2,000 to $3,000, I don't think I'll be owning one in the foreseeable future. Irregardless, I look forward to seeing their new retail space when it opens on Canfield, across the street from Motorcity Brewing Works.
Hub/Back Alley Bikes was there, and had a few used parts to sell, but not much. The next best thing was a company that re-chromed old parts. Their wares were impressive, but I don't think I'll pay $50 for a vintage Schwinn chainring.
You can see in the video that there were also Segway going around cones. Hines Park Segway Rental was giving free Segway tutorials. I agree that everyone looks comical riding a Segway, but I couldn't turn down free. The controls aren't immediately intuitive because they're not similar to any other small vehicles in production. Even so, it only took me about 4 or 5 minutes to get the hang of it. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I enjoyed riding it.
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