The fourth annual Albany Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap Meet is set for Saturday, and among the 75 or so two-wheelers on display at Deluxe Brewing Co. will be bikes owned by Phoenix and Grayson Hulburt.
The Albany-area brothers are homeschooled and have learned mechanical skills helping their dad fix up banana-seated classics.
Third-grader Phoenix, 10, rides an orange and chrome 1969 Western Flyer Wild One, while Grayson, a second-grader, pedals a green 1970 Schwinn Stingray Junior.
Other kids always want to take a ride on their bikes, which essentially are the equivalent of classic Cadillacs.
“They’re fun,” Phoenix said.
“Yeah, they’re fun,” Grayson added. “I can go fast.”
Dad Benjamin Hulburt also has his own bike, a board track-styled Schwinn with a compartment that opens up where a motorcycle’s gas tank would be.
“We’ll put a bottle of something from Deluxe in there for the show,” Hulbert said.
Hulburt said classic bikes were a way for people to fix up vintage vehicles without the expense of automobiles. Not everyone, after all, has the cash for a 1960s Impala.
“The mechanical nature of this is so cool. It’s like having history in your hands. And I like sharing it with my kids,” he added.
While the brothers enjoy their vintage bikes, they also have modern bicycles for jumping and other rough stuff. Phoenix wants to be a famous BMX freestyler when he grows up.
Deluxe owner Eric “Howie” Howard said the bike show was a boost for business, as new customers come in for the event. But he also loves old bikes and has a BMX bicycle in the show.
“There’s some cool stuff that shows up every year. Some of the custom bikes people will build are pretty cool,” Howard added.
This year, there’s an added aspect to the event. The Albany Tweed Ride is scheduled for noon and is being held in conjunction with the vintage bike show.
Participants meet at Monteith Riverpark for an hour-long tour of historic Albany, and vintage attire and bikes are encouraged. For more information, go to the Albany Tweed Ride Facebook page.
The Albany Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap Meet will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Deluxe Brewing Co., 635 Water Ave. NE.
All bicycles produced before 1989 are eligible for registration.
Awards will be given in five categories: best custom, best original, best vintage restored, best BMX and most unique. There’s also an overall people’s choice award.
Cost is $5 to enter a bike and $10 for a swap meet space. Proceeds benefit the Albany Regional Museum.
Admission to the event is free, and minors are welcome in the main brewery area. The Deluxe tasting room is open to those age 21 and older.
Both the Albany Tweed Ride and the Albany Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap Meet are part of the Albany area’s calendar for National Historic Preservation Month. For a full calendar of events, go to http://bit.ly/2oZp7s0.
For a list of National History Preservation Month activities in Corvallis and Benton County, go to http://bit.ly/2pK7ZFv.