Classic bikes and classy cars line downtown Madrid Saturday

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Bob Anderson, right, co-organizer of the Friends of Boone Trails Vintage and Classic Bike Show Saturday in Madrid, demonstrates the ultra-lightness of a De Rosa Milanino bicycle while Woodward City Council member and bike enthusiast Paul Thompson looks on.

S. State Street in downtown Madrid was agleam Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with chrome from two directions.

A large variety of vintage and classic bicycles were on display in Madrid Saturday at the Friends of the Boone Trails bike show, including a 1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray.
A large variety of vintage and classic bicycles were on display in Madrid Saturday at the Friends of Boone County Trails bike show, including a 1969 Schwinn Sting-Ray.

One source of the shine was the Friends of Boone County Trails vintage and classic bicycle show, held to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the High Trestle Trail.

Some 25 bikes were entered in the show, ranging from a copper-plated 1947 Italian Wilier with a suicide shifter to an English-made 1986 Mercian tricked out with Campagnola components.

Bob Anderson of Madrid, who organized the event with his brother Dave, enthused over the variety of makes and models, including his personal favorite, a 2014 De Rosa Milanino with Shimano parts.

“Just lift that up,” Anderson said of the feather-light machine. “The frame’s all aluminum. My friend said his lawn chair is heavier than this bike.”

Proceeds from the bike show support ongoing projects on the High Trestle Trail by the Friends of Boone County Trails.

The second source of gleaming chrome was the Madrid Pacers Car Club’s fundraising rally. About a dozen vehicles, mostly muscle cars from the 1960s and ’70s, lined the west side of S. State Street, with a few spilling over to the east side.

The Boone County Hospital Foundation also held their annual Trail Hustle from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting at the Dalander Park Trailhead and wrapping up before the heat grew unbearable.

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