September 2nd, 2013
What a crazy weekend!
Saturday morning I woke up sometime before 6 so that I could print a few more pictures, and add a bit of text to the display to make for fewer questions. Todd and I packed ourselves into the car with the various extra bits and pieces that we had decided to add to the display and got out to the venue at a fashionable 9:30. There were already people milling around, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The day went beautifully. I met TONS of people who have been following the blog all these years. What an amazing thing! Thank you all for stopping by to say something. To actually meet face to face with someone who has been following along this whole time is a strange feeling. Someone who knows SO much about me, who I know NOTHING of. I’m sorry if I seemed awkward! I was delighted, but felt a bit like a deer in the headlights. I hope you all understand!
The show itself was really a wonderful thing. A big room full of really talented bike builders. It seems as though the number of people building in the NYC area has really swelled in the last couple of years. But MAN, is there ever some talent! It was very inspiring. Made me kind of want to jump back in and make some bikes.. (steady now, Ezra..). Big congrats to Brian Chapman for his best in show Rando bike. What a beautiful machine!
We packed up the show at around 3:30 and headed back to harlem for a little rest and food, then turned around and went back out to brooklyn for the after party at this amazing pump track in a temporarily vacant lot, where after a fair amount of confusion about wires and projectors everyone got to see the premiere of a movie that MySam made especially for that occasion!
Sam shot lots of footage while I was building the UTA. He didn’t have a SPECIFIC film in mind, but wanted the footage for an eventual film. When the bike show cropped up, it seemed like a good opportunity.. a good deadline to do something. And the story of the three bikes that I showed at the show, and the strange way that they’re connected seemed like the right story to tell.. Sam did a few interviews with me, AND we went out into the woods with St. Georges’ help (sherpa, water carrier, local trail expert, and good buddy rider), to get some riding footage. Our good pal Samamidon gave us the music. And Keith from Made By Hand gave us some footage of me riding the assless, which we didn’t have time to run out and shoot ourselves. Everything was really down to the wire… I was working on the displays, and getting the bikes ready (with LOTS of last minute help from Todd miller without whom the show would not have happened for me). And SAM was chained to his desk trying to put together the strange puzzle pieces in a way that actually meant something. In the end he made a really beautiful little film.
It was late at night (Ha! 9:30, I think).. I was exhausted from the weekend.. There were people riding tall bikes on a BMX pump track.. It was mayhem! Beautiful Bike Mayhem. Finally technical difficulties were sorted out and I was handed a set of headphones to use as a microphone (?) and sent up on top of a picnic table to introduce the film. It was very moving for me. A sea of bike people.. tattooed and bearded, buttoned down, young and excited.. all sorts. But all looking right at me. I could barely get out an intelligible sentence.. I apologize to all of you there for not being more eloquent. I was not prepared. I was exhausted and emotionally spent. I had been talking all weekend. The support that I felt from that sea of bike people was amazing, though. Thank you all, if you’re reading this. It meant the world to me.
People where rapt by Sam’s film. I’m so pleased with it.. Sam did such a nice job (in such a very short period of time..) Thank you MySam! I hope you know that this film means the world to me!
Both the assless and the UTA are up for auction NOW. The auction pages are at www.fastboycycles.com. The auctions CLOSE on wednesday at 2pm eastern time. ALL proceeds for both auctions go to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Hospice Program. They are a NON-PROFIT organization that provides in home palliative care for people at the end of life. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what that can mean, however, and I hope that I serve as an example of just how positive and proactive an experience it can be. Because of their expert care, I feel the best I’ve felt in 5 years!!! Hard to imagine that I’m dying, except that I can plainly SEE the changes that the disease is making to my body and can see that it is progressing. VNS survives on donations. The insurance companies only partially compensate them for the services that they render. For the rest, they fund raise. It is very important to me that the organization continue to be able to do what it does. I would be very proud indeed if I managed to raise them a good chunk of money through these two auctions. SO please spread the word. Bid to win!
Thank you so much to all of the people that I met over the weekend. Thank you for coming out to the show. It was my first bike show!! Hard to imagine. I just never really got around to doing one.. Strange that it should finally happen when I’m retired!! (we’ll see about that retirement..) Thank you so much to my family for all your help schlepping stuff back and forth for the show, and putting up with my single minded focus for the last week. Happily, the show is done now, and things can settle back into the more mild form of mania that we’ve come to know in the last few months. Your support is everything to me.
OH! and yes. There are still a few jerseys and I will set up a sale page for them shortly! Watch the blog and faceplace and etc..