On Saturday 26th September 2015, there was the 9th Velo Vintage Occasion and Ride in Exeter.
This event is starting to be THE gathering to cycle, take tea, converse and dress with style.
It is similar to a time travel journey for a day. The participants meet, ride, eat and have fun by showing passers-by lovely bicycles, tweed suits and lovely hats.
Alistair and Seb Cope are now well established. Each time, there are more and more stylish people and there are prizes too for the best:
- dressed lady
- beard (that’s one for the hipsters)
- decorated bicycle
- good sport of the day
- dressed gent
There were flat caps and bowler hats too.
On that particular day, Exeter had another vintage event as well. It was about classic cars and motorbikes. It was taking place in Barnfield Crescent. A private Georgian crescent, where petrol heads decided to meetup and have a bit of a party.
This was the second annual classic cars and bikes event – an unashamed imitation of The Goodwood Revival, drivers and guests to dress in period costume to match their vehicles – Source
The two events decided to make the day even more special by merging at 1.15pm.
Alistair Cope was leading the classy cycles on his own penny farthing in Exeter city centre towards Barnfield Crescent!!!
The visitors of the crescent were surprised to see even more well dressed individuals making their way through the beautiful location under a beautiful blue sky.
You can imagine the kind of semi organised chaos when eighty classic cars with their drivers, twenty vintage motorbikes and about hundred people on bicycles shared a narrow space. A great family day out hosted by Turner Locker
Everything went perfectly well and it is always with great pleasure to see that technology is not necessary to have a good event.
Food, drinks, music and coffee stalls were placed on the lawn as well as Sam White’s camera obscura.
And when you hear people saying that Exeter has nothing to offer… This is a real proof that there are in fact a lot of things happening but you just need to put your ear on the ground… High Street is not always the place to be to enjoy a fun day outdoors!
Our Society/World has something for everyone. Forget the stereotypes of who does what. This is also applicable for riding fixed gear bikes.
Raechel Harding‘s short film about girls on fixie in Melbourne (Australia), shows us that yes indeed… girls too can ride such bicycles and this is not just a male thing!!!
Strangely, people (like to) assume that such or such activity/job is more for men than women and vice-versa.
Time to be open minded – categorizing is so 20th century.
World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle video.
There have been more modifications since the filming of this video. The new specs are:
Height: 20ft 2.5 inches
Weight: Over 200lbs
Drivetrain: Uses 8 bicycle chains, 2 bottom brackets, and 3 chainrings
Brakes: Coaster Brake
Wheels: 36″ Monster Cruiser Wheelset
Labor: 100+ Hours
There is also the “raw footage” HERE.