Since the launch of Lumpy Bikes in 2009, owner Charlie Gregory has been on a mission to give back by bestowing used bicycles to in-need residents in Peterborough.
What began as an impromptu effort to connect community members with fixed-up bikes hauled from scrap yards grew into a full-scale operation, now headquartered in Gregory’s back yard on Morrow Street in Peterborough.
There, among a maze of vintage cruisers, mountain bikes and two-wheeled antiques, Gregory refurbishes bicycles for resale and preps others for donation.
Over the years, he’s given away scores of revitalized bikes to marginalized community members — documenting the relationships he builds through photography and a number of published books.
“Doing good things is infectious. I get as much from giving a bike away as I do from selling a bike. It’s just so rewarding,” Gregory said.
Gregory’s handy work and charitable ways have made him a staple in the local biking community — a community that will come together next month for the third annual Bicycle Exhibition.
On July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Gregory, through his organization dubbed the Antique Bicycle Collectors of Ontario, will host the gathering at Lang Pioneer Village museum’s Peterborough Agricultural Heritage Building.
The event coincides with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Transportation Day/Car Show.
The exhibition, which offers bike enthusiasts and aficionados the chance to show off their prized rides, has been growing since it was first held in 2018. The show returned in 2019 but was cancelled the last two years due to COVID-19.
“Now some of these bigger exhibitors/collectors are bringing trailers full of bikes with historic significance,” Gregory said, adding that it’s not just locals joining the show.
“The biggest collector is coming from Komoka, Ont., near London.”
This year, Gregory hopes to welcome about 50 exhibitors, each bringing up to six bicycles.
The exhibition will feature a wide array of antiques and relics of the road — from 19th century penny-farthings and boneshakers to Bickerton folding bikes — along with some modern show pieces, including electric bikes.
Admission for adults is $15, $10 for seniors and students and $7 for youths aged five to 14. The exhibit is free for children under the age of five. Family packages, including tickets for two adults and up to four youths, can be purchased for $40.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner