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Milne Library Features Bicycle Collector During 'BikeFest'

02:20PM / Monday, April 30, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Just in time for "Bike-to-Work Month," the Milne Library will be hosting a display throughout May of six to eight antique and interesting bicycles from the collection of local cyclist Michael Steele.

Steele will be at the library on Saturday, May 5, from 11 to 1, to discuss some of the interesting facts about his more unusual bikes.

Among his collection is a 1896 "scorcher" named for the peculiar braking system involving the human foot and lots of hot rubber. He will also talk about how h put together two English three-speeds to make a very comfortable tandem (bicycle built for two). He also has a rare 1943 bike that somehow missed becoming scrap for the war effort and a 1930s balloon tire.

Folks with newer cycles can bring their bikes into the back courtyard at the library for a bike wash and wax (with chain oiling and mini-safety check). The bike wash will also run from 11 to 1.

The North Berkshire BikeFest runs from May 13-19 but there will have activities and specials through May including at The Spoke, Images and Wild Oats Market, as well as Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts and Western Gateway Heritage in North Adams.

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