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