Please join us on Saturday, December 7th 2013, 5:30 – 8:30pm
This year, the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op is combining our 3rd
annual Bike-art Show with our 9th annual Winter Cycling Symposium: the
result of this mash-up will be Cleveland’s first on-bike runway fashion show. Yes, that means models on bikes riding around
inside our shop. To RSVP, click "Join" on this Facebook event!
The back story:
Our Bike-art show is a chance for folks to make art and crafts from the tons of scrap we generate each year; or conventional artwork in any medium, as long as it has a bicycle theme, or elements, or some loose artistic association. The idea is to sell the stuff to raise some money for the co-op, and some for the artists.
Our Winter Cycling Symposium has always been an informal information exchange of winter riding tips and tricks – but since those discussions always seemed to get stuck on the topic of clothing, accessories, and other gear, we thought we should give folks a chance to peruse, use, and purchase some of that stuff. Also, there are a bunch of OCBC members and friends already making custom bike gear, and we figured it would look better modeled on bikes rather than just hanging on the wall.
So we expanded our definition of “art” to include, “anything you can use on a bike,” and the definition of “Symposium” to include, “fashion show.” Keeping with tradition though, “winter” still means, “cold weather” and “bike” still means, “thing with pedals.”
Here’s how it works:
Beginning at 5:30pm with a light, potluck buffet dinner (and beer and wine available for a modest donation), everyone will have a chance to look over the art auction items and visit tables with some DIY demos and our friends from local bike shops with cool (or warm!) winter-cycling products they'll be offering for sale. Our advocacy partners from Bike Cleveland will be on hand as well, with information on bike infrastructure projects, and their very fashionable new T-shirts for sale.
At 7pm the runway show will begin, with models modeling auction items and some select products from local bike shops. Bidding on the modeled items and the art will close at 8:15. Some of the proceeds will benefit the bike co-op’s educational mission to “help people use
bikes” – the rest benefits the creators. (Interested artists and designers can see our call for submissions at OhioCityCycles.org until 5pm Monday Dec. 2nd).
This event is free to attend, but it is a fundraiser for the co-op, so please bring some cash (or checks or card) to bid on what promises to be an eclectic collection of distinctive, innovative winter cycling gear designed to showcase creative, elegant solutions to common winter-cycling challenges. Potluck dishes or cash donations for dinner, and beer and wine, are appreciated. Items not sold at the opening auction will remain on display at OCBC through December 14th. To RSVP, click "Join" on this Facebook event!
For more details email Info@OhioCityCycles.org
One week after our Winter Bike-Art & Fashion Expo, we will be offering a special version of our Traffic Skills Intro class on Saturday, December 14, from 9am to noon, in which we'll cover some special material on winter riding as well. Dress appropriately (see winter riding tips here)!
There are no prerequisites for this ride, and if you're interested you'll get a chance to test out our parts library's studded tires or other gear!
As always, Intro to Traffic Skills is FREE with every bike or membership purchased from OCBC, or $25 otherwise.
If you're not sure if your membership is current, please email us or call the shop at 216 830 2667. All membership renewals between now and December 14 can bring a friend to the ride for free!
On Saturday, December 14th from 1 - 2:30pm please join us for our our annual Members' meeting
Immediately after our Special Winter Intro to Traffic Skills, we'll have a potluck lunch back at OCBC with a small presentation of awards for some of our great volunteers; followed by a brief a members' meeting to discuss planned programs and policies for the coming year, and formally elect our new Trustees.
All current members are officially invited to participate (and vote!), and the public is welcome to attend. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.