"I thought people should see these bikes," Fuqua said.
So during Sunday's Open Streets event, in which bikers will take over 8 1/2 blocks of Central for six hours, the
From 19th-century boneshakers, including one with a 60-inch drive wheel, to trendy Pugsley fat-tire bikes, aficionados will get a glimpse of cycling history that highlights advances from technology to alliances with "Good Roads" boosters to changing social mores. They will also see how those changes affected bike safety and speed.
Organizers say the museum is only in the formative stages and won't be open regularly until sometime next year.
"It was just a bunch of dudes with bikes," Fuqua said Thursday night at a sneak peak intended to elicit interest and fundraising.
The organization's nine-member board has incorporated and plans to put on educational programs, conduct community rides, host family events, present lectures and show films.
The collection includes beginner bikes for kids, BMX bikes, mass-produced bikes by
But there are other biking collectibles, such as the 1950s prototype of a
Anderson, 42, of
"I remember thinking, 'I don't know how you could balance on something like that,'" he said. But earlier in July, he completed a 100-mile ride on one.
The nursing-home janitor said he takes a frugal approach to collecting, joking with his wife: "There's other hobbies I could get into. I could get into hunting or gambling or drinking."
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