If you love bicycles as machines, as art, as pop culture or as modes of transportation, you're going to want to stop in at the Longmont Museum to see the new exhibit "Bicycles: 150 Years of Gears."
This exhibit chronicles the history of bicylcles. Curator Jared Thompson has put together a century and a half retrospective on the marvelous machine, from boneshakers to the carbon fiber belt drive wonders of today.
Included are cruisers from the 50s, including a Gene Autry bike (complete with a plastic horse's head), a Schwinn Orange Krate, complete with gear-shift and banana seat and a mountain bike considered to be the first dedicated off road bikes ever made.
The collection continues with racing bikes, track bikes, trick bikes, art bikes, just-plain-bike-bikes, accessories, memoribilia and interactive displays, down to maps of where you can ride YOUR bike once you leave the museum.
"What fascinated me was how much of bicycling technology has changed -- without really changing much at all," Greg Moody said. "It's an amazing journey, colorful, interesting and entertaining."
The museum is located at 400 Quail Rd. in Longmont. To get there take Interstate 25 north to the Longmont exit and head west into town. It's located south of the intersection of Highway 119 and Main Street on Quail Road.