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Seattle Bike Expo 2011

The Cascade Bicycle Club’s Seattle Bike Expo is the largest consumer bike expo in the United States. Which is to say, it’s the largest expo open to the general public (versus giant industry events like Interbike, which are not). Each year, the Seattle Expo features a classic bike show, presentations and speakers, and exhibitors showing off everything from carbon super bikes to cargo commuters to magazines, accessories, and clothing. I took a stroll around day one of this year’s expo to check out the vintage bikes, listen to the Bike Snob’s self-deprecating humor, and look at some shiny bikes and components. Lucky for you, I had my camera with me. Unfortunately, I’m a mediocre photographer and my old point-and-shoot doesn’t do great in the dim halogen-glow of the convention center, so we’ll just call these snapshots of the expo.

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Lucho: Cycling Inquisition’s Intersection of Snark, Colombian Cycling, and Metal

Lucho riding the famed Roubaix velodrome.

Lucho, the mystery man behind the blog Cycling Inquisition, is part sardonic, Bike-Snob-esq cultural critic and part Colombian cycling historian. He’s as likely to write about Mario Cipollini’s luscious mane as he is a sincere and in-depth post about Colombia’s first professional cyclists to race in Europe or the difficulties up-and-coming cyclists face in his home country. He was born in Bogotá and lived there until he was 12, which gave him enough time to discover cycling and metal (Lucho also writes for the blog Metal Inquisition) before moving to the United States with his family. Though he chooses anonymity and refused to tell me his real name, Lucho did tell me about his introduction to cycling, the interweaving of violent politics and cycling in Colombia, his work as a an unofficial historian, the evolution of his writing, and more.

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