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Join Us for BikeFest on Saturday May 11th in Long Beach

See Below for the Vintage Bike Categories, BikeFest Timeline & More!

Shown above: Bernard C. Serrano of Cyclone Coaster is shown on one of his favorite vintage rides in Long Beach's East Village. Image by Allan Crawford. The Cyclone Coaster vintage riding club - the largest of its kind in the country - inspired the vintage events this year at BikeFest.

Shown above: Greta Garbo in the 1930's inspired this gorgeous look created for the "Vintage Bike + Fashion Show." The talented creative team included: Model Andrea Svenneby, Hair and Clothes Chelsy Watson, Makeup Amanda Chy and image by Yvette Jessica Marthell.

Fashionistas and vintage passionistas won’t want to miss the “Vintage Bike + Fashion Show” and the "Vintage Bike Contest" during Downtown Long Beach Associates’ BikeFest on Saturday May 11th at 1:00 pm.

The always bespokely beautiful Council Member and Women on Bikes SoCal spokeswoman Dr. Suja Lowenthal will launch the fashion show introducing one of our local top design mavens Joen Garnica of Garnica Interiors (and our new Adventures by Bike columnist) as our event MC. This gorgeous look down memory lane has been curated by the uber stylish Sandra Pimentel, our new "Bike is the New Black" columnist.

Long Beach's famous bike + vintage culture will be showcased as never before! The creative and talented of downtonw have come together as Atlantic Studio's Chelsy Watson and Michelle Salemi, and the very talented women of the Long Beach Derby Gals  and more create gorgeous hair and makeup looks of the past. Favorite Long Beach destination boutiques such as Ay Que Vintage, the Le Femme for Make Collective, Anneise, Elev8, Native Sol, 1987LB and the Downtown Darling Collection have apparel from both from the past and inspired by the past from the 1920’s through the 1980’s which our models will proudly pedal down the catwalk on a bike matched to their era and look.

The “Vintage Bike + Fashion Show” will also feature the dapper vintage style of Long Beach’s Bernard C. Serrano and the popular Cyclone Coaster riding club – the largest monthly vintage ride in the country.  Serrano is also a vintage bicycle collector of note, with more than 100 bicycles in his collection, and a talented swing dancer who has danced for such bands as The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Set on the green at The Pike in Rainbow Harbor in Downtown Long Beach, Bikefest is a free all day event from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm - perfect for the whole family. BikeFest will also include: a vintage bike exhibit and vintage bike contest, Beachwood and friends craft beer garden, favorite foods from downtown Long Beach restaurants, a bike shop vendor village, free bike valet with ample bike parking, special activities for children and live entertainment. To learn more please go to:

Following is the BikeFest schedule and information on the "Vintage Bike Contest" categories:

  • BikeFest opens 9:30 am
  •  11:00 am to 2:30 pm – Open registration for the vintage bike contest $5 entry fee per bike (cash and credit cards accepted)
  •  11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Live Band for dancing “Phat Cat Swingers”
  •  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm the "Vintage Bike + Fashion Show"
  •  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Live Band for dancing “Long Beach Caravan Trio” 
  •  3:00 pm – 3:30 pm vintage bike contest judging
  •  3:45 pm to 4:00 pm announcement of vintage bike winners
  •  4:00 pm to 4:30 pm more dancing with DJ!

 Vintage Bike Fest Contest Categories

The entrance fee is $5.00 per bike per category. Registration for the contest begins at 11:00 am on site and closes at 2:30 pm. Judging will be from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, with winners announced and trophies presented at 3:45. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

  • Pre War Original
  • Pre War Restored
  • Post War Original
  • Post War Restored
  • Road Bike Original
  • City Bike
  • Fixed Gear
  • Oldest Bicycle
  • Custom Bicycle
  • Low Rider Bicycle
  • People’s Choice




Call For Vintage Fashion Entries for BikeFest May 11, 2013!

Have You Got What it Takes to Create a Traffic Stopping Glamorous Vintage Look for Bikefest 2013?

Shown above from left: Bernard C Serrano of Cyclone Coaster and his dance partner and fashion student Kitty Marie Wyman show off stellar Long Beach vintage style.

Long Beach hair salons, boutiques (both vintage and modern) and creatives of all types you're invited! Please consider sharing your time and talent to help create the most glamorous "Vintage Bike + Fashion Show in North America this May 11, 2013 at Bikefest in Downtown Long Beach on The Green at Rainbow Harbor in the Pike.

Download the application PDF here!

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Long Beach hair salons, make up stylists, boutiques, fashion designers, fashion stylists, fashion students, vintage passionistas and other creatives to work in teams or as individuals to submit 1-2 recreation of authentic vintage looks from the 1930's through the 1970's including hair, make-up, apparel and accessories (if you already have the right bike to pair with the look great - if not we can work with you to find one).
  • 25-30 "looks" will be selected for the "Vintage Bike & Fashion Show" on May 11, 2013 - we are looking for 5-7 looks from each era.
  • Submissions for consideration must be digital images 5"x7" @72dpi (jpegs preferred) - each model in his/her own photo - with a bike of the era if possible (if you don't have one we'll do our best to match you with one).
  • Your model/models and team must be available to recreate the look and be available to be in the show May 11th at 1:00 pm at The Green at Rainbow Harbor at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach.
  • Models can be in all age ranges from 12 years old and up.
  • Deadline for submissions is Wednesday April 24th @ midnight. Submission must be emailed to with "Vintage Bike & Fashion Show" including a completed application form
  • Note - teams will be notified of final selection Monday April 29 at 5:00 pm - however you may be notified earlier.

Download the application PDF here.

Here's what you'll receive in return for being selected for the show:

  • Recognition of your team members, apparel/accessories worn and model/models here on the Women on Bikes SoCal "Vintage Bike & Fashion Show" event page prior to the event.
  • Inclusion in the May 6th local and regional media alert distributed by the Downtown Long Beach - and possible inclusion in the April 18th fashion focused media release.
  • Mentions in our social media outreach.
  • Excellent photographs of your model/models at the "Vintage Bike & Fashion Show."
  • Possible inclusion of your model and look included in press coverage of the event.
  • Your model images and team recognition shared after the event here on the Women on Bikes SoCal "Vintage Bike & Fashion Show" event page post event.
  • And more!

Questions? Call Melissa Balmer at (562) 612-0197.

For more on Bikefest please go the event webpage here!