June 25, 2010

Ride & Reception for “Strong Backs, Weak Minds” on Sunday, June 27th

NY Bike Jumble and the Old Stone House announce the closing reception of the ‘Strong Backs, Weak Minds’ exhibition, preceded by a mellow bicycle ride from the Old Stone House to the former site of the Coney Island Velodrome.

Riders will meet at 1:00PM, in front of the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne/Washington Park and will return at 4:00PM. The ride will go along as many Brooklyn Greenways as possible, as a tribute to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a sponsor of the exhibit. A reception will be held from 4:00-6:00PM at which visitors can see the exhibit as well as nibble on the refreshments that will be served.

The Coney Island Velodrome was opened on July 19th, 1930, as the world slipped towards Depression and War. Already, the popularity of cycling, having peaked in the early 1920s, was waning and the construction of a 10,000 seat bicycle racing arena was an act of supreme optimism.  Regardless, the track soldiered on as the last velodrome in America to offer the thrills and chills of motor paced racing, where the riders would race behind motorcycles to attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour.

The exhibit features actual bikes that were raced on the track, as well as photos, programs, tickets and other ephemera, including a special ‘Stayer’ bike for motor paced racing as well as New York built track bikes from long forgotten builders such as Alvin Drysdale.

The New York Bike Jumble is an organization that promotes cycling in New York through the hosting of bicycle flea markets and through celebrating the long history of cycling in this city. Please visit www.nybikejumble.com for more info.

Sunday, June 27, 2010
Ride: 1:00 -4:00PM
Reception 4:00-6:00PM

Contact: Harry Schwartzman, 212.439.7760 

Old Stone House
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.768.3195