I’ve been to Bicycle Heaven and back

Taking a little break from the wide-angle black and white shots this time around. Not by choice, mind you, I did want to get out and shoot some but the sky wasn’t working with me of late. I like bold clouds for nice dramatic backgrounds but they just weren’t around when I went out to shoot. I was only blessed with clear blue skies, LOL. Bummer 😉

Being that I was still on staycation, I thought it would be a good time to explore something new. When I stay home for vacation it’s usually chore time at the house but I do like to get away with my wife and try something different, like a restaurant we haven’t been to or, in this case, a museum we haven’t visited, just to make it feel like we are on vacation, even if for a day. The Bicycle Heaven museum in Pittsburgh is a place I didn’t even know existed until recently and I took the opportunity of a warm day off to pay a visit.

Besides “WOW”, another word I would use to describe this place is “impressive””. Located in a warehouse district, the museum has two floors of display space and workshops intertwined throughout. It seems to be a work in progress kind of place but the collection of bicycles and related parts and memorabilia is astounding. Every vintage bike imaginable (or unimaginable) is here!  I don’t remember how much time we spent there but I know I could have spent a few more hours and still not see everything. I walked past displays over and over and always found something new. These photos are just a sampling of what I shot and I still didn’t shoot all that I saw there. A repeat visit is a definite must!

Even though I don’t ride a bike anymore (mostly because the roads and drivers around here are awful) I do like them and am a fan of vintage ones. I always try to take photos of old bikes when I see them on the street but I found out getting good photos of bicycles is quite a difficult task. The sheer nature of their spindly designs makes a good capture elusive. Instead I try to focus on details and hope for the best.

  One thought on “I’ve been to Bicycle Heaven and back

  1. Mei
    August 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    These shots were really cool!

    • August 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks. It’s a cool place!

  2. August 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Love these! Great colors and interesting shapes everywhere!

    • August 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Karen. I went with a warmer color balance which I thought enhanced the vintage subject matter

  3. nannus
    August 30, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I like the patina on these old bikes. I find them more beautiful this way, compared to shiny new ones. And these old-fashioned plastic handles, like they where used on our first bikes back in the sixties and seventies. Seems to be a great museum, thanks for posting.

    • August 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks. It certainly brought back a lot of memories for me

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