What surprised me about Maker Faire was the prevalence of bicycles, bike powered objects, and bike related exhibits. I tried to grab as many photos as I could, starting with the valet bike parking that was almost completely full when I arrived. There were thousands of bikes!
|Big thank you to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition for organizing this!|
|Parked and ready for the fun!|
|Many contraptions and robots had bike parts.|
|Bike lock and bike rack - how cool is this?! Via VLock's site.|
|Student made frames.|
|Everyone was curious to either watch or ride.|
|Inside the drome!|
|Now that's a steep bank.|
|We're rooting for you, Larry.|
|I would very much like to join this club.|
These were some of the bikes that they had on display. I'm not sure how functional these particular bikes were because they weren't being ridden, but there were many that were much more ridiculous that were being ridden.
Wandering into a nearby building, I ran into the MonkeyLectric booth! They were having a deal on one of their models and had many others on display, including an activity where you could draw something and transfer it to one of their wheels. I really want to get one of these eventually.
|Here's what they look like off the bike.|
|These thing are bright! And they're becoming more affordable.|
|Impossible to miss this on the street at night.|
And everyone knows that a VR exhibition wouldn't be complete without a bicycle simulator. There was a demo of a bike controlled sim/video game that I watched for a bit. It reminded me a lot of Mario Kart!
|It was a single speed, but the brakes did interact with the game, which was pretty cool.|
|Riding the streets of Italy in your living room.|
Bicycles were also *powering* some of the exhibits - there was a smoothie booth where you had to bicycle-blend your own drink, and of course the pedal powered stage, where the audience rides bikes to power the instruments!
|Bikes of all kinds - even a cargo bike!|
I wandered around a bit more looking at all of the bikes and contraptions. There were so many, with bikes made of wood, electric bikes, burning man bikes, and sometimes things that were completely different, like this interesting take on a spokeless wheel:
|Never seen anything like this before!|
If you're in the Bay Area, Maker Fair is going on through this weekend, so I highly recommend you bike over and check it out! There is way, way more than what I was able to feature here, and many interactive exhibits. They have robots, 3D printing, mech battles, Game of Drones, and an agricultural exhibit where they were giving out baby plants.
|Made it home in one piece!|
Thanks to everyone who made Maker Faire possible - I'll update with any bike related Kickstarters as they launch in the next coming months.