3rd International Fixed Gear Symposium
Back in 1999 I was participating in a discussion about fixed gear bicycles at an internet forum. Many of the participants didn't even know what a fixed gear was. We've all heard that a picture is worth a thousand works, so I uploaded a photo of my bike onto my real estate website so that everyone could see the particular detail that we were discussing.
One thing led to another, and before the day was over, I'd received several other photos of fixed gear bicycles from the other participants in this discussion. Organizing them onto a simple page so that viewers could see all of the other photos was easy enough to do, but no one could have imagined the result five years later.
What started out as a few photos of bikes has become a website with photos of over 4,800 viewer submitted fixed gear bicycles from all around the world. What started out with just three or four viewers has ballooned into The FixedGearGallery.com, a website with over 4,500 daily visitors from over 100 nations. Feature stories, how-to-do-it articles, a bicycle swap meet, and more are all a part of the gallery.
One day in October 2004, as I was working on this site, my wife Katy, said "Ya' know, you should have a festival, a symposium right out here on the lawn next summer." So, there ya go.
During the 2nd weekend of August in 2005, we hosted The 1st International Fixed Gear Symposium on the grounds of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons (The Commons) in Traverse City. Ninety-five folks showed up! What a cool time. Photos and Contest Results are here.
For 2006 we added an Alley Cat, a bicycle concours, and a 100 mile option for the Big Ride on Saturday plus the
Skid Contest, Trackstand. Again, we enjoyed fabulous weather, terrific company, and a full weekend.
2007 Individual Event Sponsors
Velocity USA, Grand Rapids, MI
2007 Doorprize Sponsors
2007 FIXED GEAR SYMPOSIUM
For 2007 we're adding another day and some hot competitive events.
Venue with Big Tent, Displays, and Exhibitors will be open throughout the event. Other music, and performances, to be announced. Free tent camping right at venue where you will be the guests of the Minervini family who is the re-developer of this historic project. Limited camper parking w/o hookups. (slightly different spot with better parking, etc this year, but still with very limited shower facilities.)
HOT NEWS ..... Instead of Tshirt, the first 135 registrants will get a very special cycling cap made for us by YancoPads in Los Angeles....but if you want a T-shirt we'll have them too...they'll be awarded to all finishers of the Surly Hill Climb (see below).
WEDNESDAY - August 8th
REGISTRATION and SET UP - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Conference Room upstairs of Cuppa Joe.
VASA MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE - 2 pm - Meet at Venue for transportation. We have some great singletrack and Nils Sandin will be leading a 2-2.5 hour agressive ride. Fixed, geared, or single speed.
IN-TOWN GROUP RIDE - 7:00 pm - Starts at Venue. Thru town, past Alley Cat Checkpoints, bars, other important loactions, etc.
EAST BAY SNACKS/FELLOWSHIP - 8:00 pm - East Bay Park. Ride ends at East Bay Park on Lake Michigan for fruit/cheeze/snacks and drinks.
THURSDAY - August 9th
VELOCITY ALLEY CAT - 9:00 am - Starts at Venue.
Bill and Nils create another downtown nightmare, but one designed to compensate for your lack of local street knowledge.
OLD MISSION GROUP RIDE - 12:30 pm - Starts at Venue. 15 to 50 mile ride out Old Mission Peninsula. 50 miler gets you to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. 25 miler gets you fabulous views. Maps, guided routes.
BEN'S CYCLE BIKE POLO 5:00 pm - Rear of The Commons near the Watertower. 3 person teams, round-robin ten minute bouts, equipment provided or bring yer favorite club.
SWEET CORN and BAR-B-QUE 8:00 pm - Venue
FRIDAY - August 10th
ORYANA BREAKFAST RIDE - 7:00 am - Starts at Venue.
SURLY HILL CLIMB* 9:00 am - Start at Corner Wayne and Madison - 6 blocks N. from Venue
SCHWINN SPRINT RACE* 12:00 pm - Heats and Finals: NYC style 1/2 mile course, miss & out, win & out scoring on fast and
furious 3 laps heats. Fixed gear only.
BRICKWHEELS TRACKSTAND CONTEST* 5:00 pm - Right downtown on Front Street at "Friday Night Live."
Heats, Finals, and some special pranks - FNL happens once a month all summer.
THE BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL comes to The Fixed Gear Symposium - 8:00 - 11:00 pm
*Special Prize to Top Combined Finisher in all three events.
SATURDAY - August 11th
8:00 am Coffee by Higher Ground - at their new facility just down the street from our venue. Bagels, fruit, who knows maybe more.
McLAIN CYCLE BIG RIDE 9:30 am - Starts at Venue, Challeging Leelanau County Route out to Glen Lake, Glen Arbor and the Lifesaving Museum, then north
to Cedar or Lake Leelanau. Four distances from 20 miles to 100 miles.
NON-RIDER EVENT 9:30 am For non-riders - Possible van tour of Leelanau County and out to Glen Haven to meet up with riders at Coast Guard Lifesaving Museum, swimming, etc.
REVOLUTION MECHANIC'S RACE 3:00 pm - Venue. How fast can you put a bike together?
ONE LESS CAR STREET SKID 5:30 pm - Elmwood St - between 11th and Medical Dr.
GARFIELD AUTO BICYCLE CONCOURS - 7:00 pm -Venue
Judges - Jon Kundziera and Jason Sanchez
BANQUET 7:30 pm - Venue
SUNDAY - August 11th
FRAME BUILDING WORKSHOP 9am to 5pm
The Symposium events are for Thursday afternoon thru Saturday night, but you are certainly
welcome to spend more time here in the Traverse City area.
All Event Pass
Your all Event Pass includes:
Spokecard, special event cycling cap, entertainment, all rides, doorprizes, and all events.
Beverages, fruit and ride snacks available at different events on site.
Thursday evening bar-b-que at The Commons.
Saturday evening banquet at The Commons.
Limited Event Pass (Non-Riding Spouse or Partner) - $50.00
Food and events for children under 12 is free.
You can register on-line using PayPal after June 1 or you can mail-in your entry.
All of these suggestions are "riding distance" to the Symposium site.
Motel/Hotels. (many more, google search or call us)
Bed & Breakfasts. Best to do a google-search, most are not urban, email us if you have questions.
By Auto - We are 250+/- miles north of either Detroit or Chicago.
NEW Google Maps to 1200 W. 11th St, Traverse City, MI 49684
Flying here? - Traverse City airport (TVC) is serviced by NorthWest Airlines. Shuttle service to most local hotels is available. Cab service also available as is BATA - Public Transit. We have a brand new airport and it is not really bicycle accessible right now. Also, we will provide some limited pick-up service as we are able.
Shipping your bike?
We will have secure storage available right here in our building if you want to ship your bike by UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS. We will also have a couple bike stands and typical assembly tools available for you.
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