And finally

It’s been a fun photographic evening on WestonWeb. One more to go, with an an idea almost as old as the bike.

The photo below just appeared on the Toronto Public Library’s excellent photo stream. It shows Mike Barry, the recently-deceased father of Canadian cycling, riding a penny farthing.

From the TPL

The caption is:

Home of the bicycle: “Mike Barry rides a penny farthing, built in the late 1800s. Some Weston residents are hoping Weston will one day have a national cycling museum and hall of fame.”

The photo, and the article it accompanied, are from 1988.

30 years ago, the Weston BIA hatched a plan, hosted the first (and probably last) Weston Criterium, and started working on a mobile museum. They christened Weston “the home of the bicycle” and hoped to have a permanent museum underway within four years.

Clearly, it didn’t work.

But you know, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today.

I think a cycling museum and hall of fame in Weston is a damned fine idea. Canada has a fine history of bike building and racing–and some of the best bikes in the world are still made here–but I don’t think there’s a proper museum anywhere in the country.

Norco, CCM, Rocky Mountain, Devinci, Mariposa and Cervélo are all Canadian brands, as are Cannondale, GT and Schwinn.

And bikes are beautiful. Sure, I’m a little biased, but I’d visit. Am I crazy?

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

5 thoughts on “And finally”

  1. No, you’re not crazy..
    because if it were built & organized like the Canoe museum in Peterborough, it would be very inspiring.

    Now, that museum of is worthy of it’s very own wing at the ROM – it’s fantastic!

    If memory serves, it’s origin was via a huge collection of canoes owned (and donated) by a former outdoorsy Professor from the U of T.

    His personal collection continued to grow to the point of requiring more much more space than his own property could hold, which led him to the idea of a museum in an old, multi-floored warehouse, just a little north of Landsdowne Ave., in Peterborough – somewhat famous for canoe building, along with many other neighbouring communities.

    If you’ve never seen it, it’s eye popping and worth a day long visit. And, I really do think it’d be a fine example of what could be accomplished with a “cycle” museum, somewhere.

    And, Weston’s historical link to bike making at CCM would seem like an obvious location.

    So yes, why not?

    Dream never dies, just the dreamer.

  2. Are we sure we don’t want to erect a statue after that Hussein fellow? Afterall he represents the current and future “third-world Weston”

  3. i would love to know who was on the committee back in 1988…wonder if its same so called hero’s of weston that pretend to know and do everything in weston today…..hmm…..out with the old in with new otherwise nothing will change….

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