Venice Carnivale De Velo
As Ricky Martin famously said, “One day I’m riding a bicycle in my neighborhood, the next day I auditioned for Menudo and was on a plane to perform in front of 200,000 people.” Whether riding a bike had anything to do with Ricky’s rise to Latin pop super stardom is of little concern to us. But it is a perfectly google-able quote about bicycles. Which is exactly what we were after since we threw a doozy of a bicycle function over the weekend here at The Emporium. So thanks, Ricky Martin. Carnivale De Velo was our first full-scale bicycle event. As you may or may not know, Deus Ex Machina has a healthy addiction to push bikes. From Camperdown to Bali to Venice to Milan, the velocipede plays a vital role in each of the communities we inhabit. Errand runners, road racers, beach cruisers, ramp blasters, klunkers—we love them all. So it was an inspiring afternoon for us at the Carnivale De Velo in a parking lot filled with bikes old and new. In the new BMX department, Odyssey and Sunday brought through loads of their latest bombproof bikes, parts and accessories, while Cult’s Robbie Morales had two fresh-off-the-press bikes produced in collaboration with The Simpsons featuring the likes of Bart and Duff Beer. Mmmm beer. Outsiders BMX rocked the vintage side of BMX, keeping the radness alive and bringing our imaginations back to our days of wreaking havoc in our quiet communities as kids.Venice local Lane Kagey’s CETMA brand of cargo bikes kept things grounded with his utilitarian line of two-wheeled everything haulers, but our neighbors at Ritte Bicycles blasted off into space with their threesome of carbon fiber competition grade bikes all showing off their Technicolor paintjobs. In the not-so-new world, father daughter team Cap and Candace from Palms Cycles had a bounty of vintage beach cruisers from the 40’s to the 70’s while Velo Pasadena’s head honcho Hrach Gevrikyan brought a museum worthy collection of vintage road racing bikes from around the globe. Downtown Los Angeles’ Pizzanista kept the hunger games from taking place with their tasty pies and music came courtesy of two acts: the Deltaz, who kept the energy up through the day, serving as the perfect soundtrack for all the bunny hoppers; and The Emporium’s own Brandon Knaff playing under the stage name sleepsleep, who mesmerized the crowd as twilight fell upon us. Special thanks goes out to Hernan Montenegro of Montenegro Manufacturing for showing us his exquisite carbon fiber fabrication.