Once the 2015 UCI Road Championships are over, the world will undoubtedly recognize Richmond as a cyclists’ town. However, the Valentine Richmond History Center already has an exhibit up and running to prove the point.
In Gear: Richmond Cycles opened last night and we were there. It’s an impressive collection of period photos, advertising art, and bikes spanning Richmond’s 140 year velo lineage. Never seen a “penny farthing” bike up close – now you can.
As a hometown company, when we got the call to add our wares to the exhibit, we were honored. You’ll see one of our kits on display along with some distinctively retro corsets and long skirts for women (you’ve come a long way baby!).
One thing that really caught our eye was an exhibition featuring contemporary Richmonders, from many diverse neighborhoods. Residents agreed to share their cycling stories in a special media wall projection created by Dana Ollestad, a local award-winning multi-media artist and curator.
There is no shortage of bikes on display to speak to this story including a 1937-38 Western Flyer boys bike that was used by a Richmond newsboy in the 1940’s. Seeing head badges from local shops like Rowlett's and Agee's from the period hits home the how deep our cycling roots run. Fun items are also on display, such as a 1960's Richmond Federal Savings and Loan change bank encouraging area youth to save up for a new bike.
“In Gear: Richmond Cycles” runs through Jan. 3, 2016. The Valentine is open to the public on Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday. 12-5 p.m. There will be special extended hours nightly until 8 p.m during the cycling events from Sept. 19-26.
Go see it.
Comments will be approved before showing up.