City Reliquary’s president Bill Scanga, who runs the quaint museum of New York relics, hosted the event and spent most of it saying hi to the racers, messengers, vendors, BMX tricksters and safety advocates hosting visitors under the shade of their tents. In the midst of it all were custom contraptions from the Black Label Bicycle Club and free repairs were offered by safety and environmental advocates Time’s Up!. Throughout the day Bill took to the microphone as every half-hour a bike trophy was awarded in categories such as best vintage, commuter, kids, handmade and even “ugliest.” Joined by his children most of the time, Bill set the example for cycling’s next generation by fostering the human connections that bicycles bring.
Saturday’s weather couldn’t have been better for City Reliquary’s 13th annual Bicycle Fetish Day in Williamsburg. The block party on Havemeyer Street featured every spectrum of the neighborhood’s bike scene; chromed Schwinns mingled with gritty fixed-gears as kids on their Huffys mosied around.