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Ever wonder what goes on at Genesis when it's cold outside?

In Fall of 2002, former Genesis technician and local artist Bernie Smith proposed to design and build a huge bike as a holiday decoration. Bernie constructed the entire frame from PVC pipe. The Big Bike made it's rooftop debut in November of 2002 and received quite a bit of attention. It was put into storage in February of 2003. Don't even ask how we managed to store it!

The next Fall, Bernie and his helpers re-assembled the bike on our roof for the second time. Just days later, a huge wind storm destroyed the bike. It was a very sad day at Genesis. All winter, folks were calling to ask what had happened to the bike.  One mother called to tell us that her three year-old daughter kept asking where the "ho-ho" bike went.

Several months later, in January of 2004, Bernie and Anthony Wilcox, another talented former Genesis technician, teamed up to design a stronger, (and vastly more expensive!), Big Bike. Taking cues from Cannondale's Six 13 frame technology, which combines the best characteristics of aluminum and carbon fibre, Anthony designed and welded 6061 aluminum lugs to join the PVC tubing. (Carbon fibre tubing was just not in the current budget).

The bike now on our roof is the result of months of effort by Bernie and Anthony - not to mention a ridiculous amount of money spent by me. It's current caretaker is Genesis Service Tech Mark Reagle, who in 2012, constructed a giant green bow to adorn the bike during the holiday season.  I'm really proud of all their efforts and hope you enjoy seeing it as you go by.
  
  

-Tomias

Click on the thumbnails below


Anthony jumps at any excuse
to buy a new tool.


Don't try this at home.

 


Off-season at Genesis 
= interesting projects
for Anthony!

 


Move over, Cannondale!


The hammer kinda puts
 the size into perspective.

 


Not the lightest frame built
in PA, but the biggest!

 


Did we mention that
this bike is BIG?

 


Bernie hardly ever
rides the drops.

 


Hey, Bernie! How are
you gonna get that
thing up on the roof?