Last Friday at the Bristol store saw the start of A Beautiful Machine, the festival of talks, rides and art celebrating all things bike.
The opening evening kicked off with Tim March delivering a brilliant no-visuals talk about his life on a bike (apart from his famous RIDER tattoo "so that in a thousand years when they find me is a peat bog somewhere, they know just what I did").
Followed by Amy Fleuriot from Cyclodelic who design and make practical and beautiful riding clothes for women, supported by some of Britain's top women riders.
It was a great night and there is more to come this week:
Tomorrow (Tuesday 30th March) night the talks will be by some influential ladies in the cycling world:
Laura Fletcher will talk about the Bicycle Film Festival
Dr Lowenna Smith rider and writer from Cycling Plus
and Poppy Smith, is editorial and fashion assistant at Cooler magazine
and then this Friday:
Gav Strange, all round talent and web and graphic designer at Aardman and fixie enthusiast
Ben Hillsdon (Cycling City – Bristol) will bring us up to date with the Cycling City Project
Tony Farrally is feditor of locally run digital magazine Road cc.
Finally James and Colin from the brilliant Bristol Bike Project.
If Friday night is anything to go by, then both events will be excellent and not to be missed (tickets are £5 - all proceeds go to Save the Children). Might still be a bit of beer and rum around to make the evenings even better.
The illustration show continues all week upstairs at the Bristol shop (62 Queens Road), all the art on show is being auctioned instore, all money goes to Save the Children. You can also see the bike built by the Bristol Bike Project which will also be auctioned to raise money for the project.
Keep an eye here for all the updates, here.