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The Los Altos History Museum preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future.

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Now Open!

pedal powerPedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse

New exhibit opens April 10, 2014 at the Los Altos History Museum

Join us on Sunday April 27 from 4-6pm for the opening reception!

Hear from local bike designer, Craig Calfee, on bike design through time.
Enjoy light appetizers and libations, compliments of  New Belgian Beer

Since their introduction, bicycles have been used for work and for whimsy. Experience a unique collection of wacky, wonderful, and workhorse bicycles from around the Bay Area - where mountain biking was born and road-racing legends were formed. From nostalgic high-wheelers and classic Sting-Rays to early mountain and road-racing bikes, and bikes used by soldiers and police officers, you're sure to find many that pique your interest and inspire you to take a ride!

Bicycling has a long history in California. This exhibition will tell that story and show the fun and value of cycling-all brought to you by your neighbors.

"Why do I bike? It's fun, it's healthy and it's good for the planet. Plus, it's so easy to connect with people. You're out in the open and can say hi to friends, and even strangers. And I never have a problem finding a place to park!" says Gary Hedden, exhibition coordinator.

"Bikes were a common means of transportation for a long time in America. My excitement? Biking is a great way to connect with our community," added Mike McTighe, exhibition committee member.

The exhibit will feature a vintage collection of bikes including one of the earliest mountain bikes from the legendary Tom Ritchey. Also on exhibit-the very first bike ridden in 1980 by professional Greg LeMond, who trained extensively in our area. Wacky bikes include a wooden one built by a local, Tom Kabat, and a workhorse bike used by the Los Altos Police Department.

Pedal Power offers much more: rides led by local clubs, a design-a-bike event, the popular Historic Bike Tour, and especially for kids, a Bicycle Carnival. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out. It's going to be fun!

A collaboration with GreenTown Los Altos

5.08         Bike-To-Work Day Party

6.29         Design a Bike Workshop AND Family Cycle Carnival

7.26         Electric Bike Festival

Future Exhibit

Opening October 2014
Silicon Valley: the Lure & the Legends
Explore the stories of the people here who helped make Silicon Valley what it is today.