Save the Date!
In honour of Bicycle Month, the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Movement is partnering with Causeway Work Centre, Right Bike, and Cycle Salvation to present a Vintage Bicycle Show on Saturday June 25th. Guests are welcome to come from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Almonte and District Community Centre at 182 Bridge Street. Everyone is invited to take a look at the variety of bicycles on display ranging from some that predate the Penny-Farthing to classic Italian 10-speeds of the 1970s.
The Vintage Bicycle Show celebrates all things cycling! It will provide a forum to explore the culture and history cycling, allow visitors the chance to learn about bike repair and provide information on the community minded services and activities available to cyclists in both the Almonte and the Ottawa area. The event is inspired by Bicycle Month which hosts a family friendly series of bicycle themed events throughout the month of June in Mississippi Mills, Ontario. Mississippi Mills has recently been awarded bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community status by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
During the Vintage Bicycle Show, visitors will have the opportunity to ride replicas of vintage bicycles from the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology’s display and see a wide variety of bicycles from other private collectors around the region. After the exhibition, visitors are welcome to come to the Almonte Old Town Hall where they can enjoy refreshments and a screening of “Marinoni: Fire in the Frame”, a film about Montreal based Italian born bike racer and frame maker Giuseppe Marinoni. The director, Tony Girardin, will introduce the film and be on hand for a Q and A following the film.
In addition to the Vintage Bicycle Show, avid cyclists and amateur mechanics can trade in old bikes and parts at the on-site bike swap, or just tune-up their favorite two-wheeler with the help of Cycle Salvation and Right Bike staff. The bike swap will take place outside in front of the Almonte and District Community Centre from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Representatives from the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Movement will also be available to provide information about upcoming outdoor tours, family bike rides and other bicycle month events.
Tickets for the Vintage Bicycle Show are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, and $5.00 with the donation of an adult bicycle. Tickets will also be sold for the film screening in the evening at $12.00 for regular admission and $6.00 for exhibitor admission. Tickets can be purchased at the following Ottawa locations; Causeway Work Centre, Cycle Salvation, Right Bike, and Citizens for Safe Cycling. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the following Almonte locations; Mill Street Books, and Baker Bob’s.
Drawing on a diverse audience and ranging from museum goers to weekend athletes, from culture lovers to competitive & recreational cyclists, from local residents to tourists, the occasion will serve to promote rural tourism in the town of Almonte and the importance of cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation.