I wrote over the weekend that there were 40,000 people at Maker Faire. It turns out that was last year’s attendance — this year, an estimated 70,000 people showed up just on Saturday. Cell phone reception was the pits, probably because the cell network was overwhelmed with so many technology nerds all using their phones for everything.
My other camera broke (grrr) but fortunately several bike nerds that I know were also at Maker Faire taking photos of bike nerd stuff. They include Ms Art Teacher Lady, Jym Dyer, and Allen Tom, though I’m sure there are others. Feel free to post a comment here with a link to your own Maker Faire photos and articles. I hope to have some video up this evening.
WIRED reported a lot on bike stuff at Maker Faire:
- Matthew Blaine and Dave Hershberger’s Di-Cycle with 9 foot wheels.
- Dan Goldwater’s Monkey Electric LED light kits for bicycle wheels.
- The Solarnator roamed the fair grounds.
Elsewhere in the bike-o-sphere
- Tim Jackson updates: he’s got some rehab in store. I feel for him. Tim’s pretty well know in the world of cycling blogs, but he also has connections in the marketing realm where online connections have spilled over into real life friendships. Tim is as nice a guy in real life as he is online.
- Interbike 2008 selling out of expo space. Wow! Interbike has also appointed a new show director, Andy Tompkins. Tompkins replaces Lance Camisasca, who know manages Interbike’s bicycle advocacy effort and strategic development as a consultant.
- Dorel is the Canadian company that owns Pacific Cycles and Cannondale, reported a very strong first quarter with sales up an outstanding 55 percent over last year.
- When I posted that video the other day of those guys bicycling down the Santa Monica freeway, I forgot to credit Treadly and Me.
- Ezra has been making bikes for friends. Now he’s doing it commercially as Fast Boy Cycles. He’s best known these days for his wooden fenders and handlebars.
That’s enough reading and certainly enough typing for me for now. Have a good week, all!