Reader submitted news by Lydia Tanner
Bike riders are weird; we’re a demographic characterized by tan lines, small carbon footprints, and unusual shaving habits. We also act largely alone, and unless we’re racing (or riding in costume) we rarely see each other in large groups. Yet this weekend The Rocky Mountain Bike Show provided an opportunity to really mingle with our own kind, sans chamois.
The bike show included everything from innovation to art, with a healthy dose of green thinking thrown in. I was amazed at the positive atmosphere, and of course all the shiny toys. Familiar names like Moots, DEAN, Campagnolo, and Maverick were all represented, but it was the beautifully customized work from the booths of Zinn, Ground Up, and Yipsan Bicycles that caught my eye most. Dave Hill of Victoria Cycles even gave me the basics of frame welding (I’m such a poser, he had to tell me what a “lug” is) while I drooled over his cool cruiser-inspired mountain bike.
Conventional bikes aside, there was plenty of alternative two-wheeled transportation represented as well. There were abundant recumbents, pedal-less bikes for toddlers, as well as one quiet motor-powered machine. Yet if I had to pick a favorite bike for the day it would probably be the Renovo Hardwood. That’s right, a bike made of wood. A Renovo bike weighs 16.5-20lbs, and supposedly provides a stiff, eco-friendly frame. I’d bite just for looks though- with graceful curves and that gorgeous polished-wood look, the bike is truly a work of art.