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The Festival of Spokes Community Day is at the Gold Museum Ballarat - and its a free day for the family. The Festival of Spokes runs concurrently with two exhibits - On Your Bike and Freewheeling.

If you love everything to do with bicycles and bicycling, then Ballarat Gold Museum is the place to be this weekend. There is going to be a special community day held at the Gold Museum Ballarat - the Festival of Spokes.

Visit the Gold Museum for free, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Learn about the history of bikes and cycling, learn about bicycle safety and see some of the early bicycles on display.

The American Velocipede, a wood engraving sketched by Theodore R. Davis and published in Harper's Weekly, December 19, 1868. Licensed under Public Domain .

The Squeaky Wheel, bicycle experts will be there on the day, teaching people how to ride bikes and providing safety tips. You can decorate your bike for a parade, so make sure you bring your own bike along, or your scooter or pram.

The YMCA will be at the Festival Of Spokes too, running bike maintenance workshops.

This is really going to be a big day! The Ballarat Historical Society will hold a display of their collection of bikes. Club Mud will be on hand, showing off their collection of mountain bikes. I'm a little bit tired already. I think I need to lay down and have a sleep.

Come along to this family event, check out the Fashions in Time - the clothes that the original bicyclists used to wear. Discover fun, and fitness and perhaps even find a new passion for bikes and cycling.

Watch cyclist Damien Kierl, as he rides a penny farthing bike against a modern cyclist and a hobby horse rider. Who will win this race?
An older style Bicycle

The Festival of Spokes is a community celebration, celebrating the opening of the Freewheeling exhibition. Freewheeling features bikes, gear, photographs and stories of riders throughout history.

Also at The Festival of Spokes, local community groups will hold stalls, there will be a vintage clothing marker, showbags, a penny farthing rider and the Wheelie Workshop - where Bike Doctors can give the bikes a health check and then the children can decorate their bikes and take part in a parade.

Want more? In keeping with the bicycle theme, Ballarat Ukulele Kollective with perform all bike-related songs.

Wozzles Op Shop will be there on Saturday, and they have a collection of cycling related goods on sale. They will be selling clothing, craft and tweed items with all funds raised going to Child and Family Services Ballarat.

As well as this awesome day of bikes, clothing, and other displays, there are two other exhibitions coming to the Gold Museum.

"On Your Bike"
runs from October 31st 2015 to April 3rd 2016. This exhibit traces bicycle history from the early velocipede to the 20th Century Racing Bicycle. The Gold Museum's collection of bicycles will be on display, as well as private collections held by Ballarat bicycle collectors.

"Freewheeling - Cycling in Australia", from the National Museum of Australia, is an exhibition that explores the history of cycling in Australia. It is also coming to the Gold Museum at Ballarat. Freewheeling runs from October 31st 2015 to January 31st 2016. Freewheeling has been traveling around the country. It showcases 140 years of Australian cycling history.

Did you know?

In the 1890's Ballarat was one of the leading centres for bicycle manufacturing in Australia. In 1907 there were 11 bicycle production companies operating in Ballarat.

Currently there are no longer any bicycle manufacturing companies in Ballarat but there are seven bicycle stores, which still service the town.

So Get On Your Bike and pedal over to the Gold Museum in Ballarat for a fun filled day of bikes, bikes and more bikes.
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Why? For the love of bikes
When: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Phone: 03 5337 1199
Where: Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street Ballarat, Victoria, 3350 Australia
Cost: free
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