A few days ago, I received an email from someone at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) here in NY. They have asked me, in conjunction with this show, to put on an exhibition/demonstration of wheel building and bike building.
Now, I am no exotic frame builder (yet), so I am a little nervous and in awe of the company I have been asked to stand near.
(above, the work of Sacha White)
My nights will be July 22, 29 and August 5, 12 from 5-9. Thursdyas are the nights the Museum is free and open to the public.
So, I am thinking of 2 routes..demonstrate how to build up a vintage frame or get a nice painted Mission Valencia and do a more modern bike.
I am also thinking I have to get a little more academic in my approach to wheel building. Currently, I have mashed together the methods of 4 masters (Sheldon Brown, Gerd Schraener, Jobst Brandt and Roger Musson) in developing my technique.
I wonder if this exhibit will start me down the path of frame building. I never thought I'd build my own wheels, and here I am demonstrating how to build them. Similarly, I never envision building my own frames...but, things may change very shortly.
I will keep this post updated as I get prepared over the summer.