This year, the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
(OCBC) is combining its third annual Bike-Art Show with its ninth annual Winter Cycling Symposium to create the all new Winter Bike-Art & Fashion Expo, which will take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. This mash-up will present Cleveland’s first runway fashion show on two wheels. Models will be on bikes riding around the inside of the shop.
"OCBC is keenly aware that interest in cycling in Cleveland has never been greater and as a provider of bicycle education, we’d like to extend the excitement into the winter season by showcasing creative and elegant solutions to common winter-cycling challenges,” declares Jim Sheehan, director of the OCBC.
The evening begins with a potluck buffet dinner and a preview of the fashion items and bike-themed art, crafted from bike parts to be sold in the silent auction. The runway show begins at 7 p.m. with veteran cyclists riding around inside the shop modeling original winter-biking fashions.
"If you're thinking of trying winter biking and want to learn the experts' tips and tricks, this is the way to do it,” Sheehan continues. “It's a lot easier than trying to stop every bundled-up cyclist you see on the street. Or, you could spend an evening searching the web, but this party's got better beer -- and a vegan chili that will make you wonder why people put beef in it."
The Bike-Art show affords artists the opportunity to make art from the plethora of bicycle scrap created each year. All artwork will have a bicycle theme with sales being split between the co-op and the artists.
The Winter Cycling Symposium continues to be an informal exchange of information on winter riding. Since the discussions always have strayed to clothing, accessories and other gear, it only made sense to combine the two events allowing folks to purchase stuff as well, say staffers.
“We expanded our definition of 'art' to include 'anything you can use on a bike,' and the definition of 'symposium' to include 'fashion show.' Keeping with tradition though, 'winter' still means 'cold weather' and 'bike' still means 'thing with pedals,'" reads the witty release.
The event is free to attend but it's also a fundraiser for the co-op. Potluck dishes, beer, wine, and/or cash donations are appreciated. Items not sold at the auction will remain on display through December 14 at the OCBC.
"As a provider of Bicycle Maintenance Classes, LAB
(League of American Bicyclists) Riding Classes, and Earn-A-Bike Courses over the past decade, OCBC feels Cleveland is ready to embrace the idea of winter bike fashion as a means of extending our local riding season into the months between October and May,” Sheehan concludes.