On Tuesday, August 7, at 7 PM, Ric Hjertberg will be discussing the past, present, and future of the wooden bicycle wheel. Ric will be speaking at the Port Townsend School of the Arts downtown gallery, located at 236 Taylor Street. Participants will experience the largely untold history of wood and bicycle wheels through slides, film, rims, and wheels—a journey from Sumeria to Michigan to Italy
Ric Hjertberg is largely responsible for a worldwide resurgent interest in the amazing role of wood in bicycle wheels. In his work today, Ric takes great delight in discovering bicycle devices that stretch the limits of perfection in function, simplicity, beauty, and economy. Ric’s online personna, The Wheel Fanatyk, presents, represents, and supports some of the finest creations in the name of cycling, with a focus on the tools of wheelbuilding.
This evening program, the first of a “First Tuesday” series, is sponsored by the Port Townsend Cycle School. The Port Townsend Cycle School is a new non-profit venture, created by a small group of cycle enthusiasts, to grow a culture of cycling, community, and cycle building and maintenance. We are based in Port Townsend, Washington, on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, surrounded by a unique, diverse environment that stretches below the surface of marine waters to the glaciered slopes of the Olympic Mountains.