Best Bike Weekend Ever Part Two: BMX Society x Valley Relics Vintage BMX Show

With May being Bike Month, there’s a lot of opportunity to have the best Bike Weekend Ever, but the beauty of it is in the variety.

After spending my whole Friday out at the Tour of California, my Saturday was a bit more pinched for time, but I knew there was another pilgrimage I had to make.

Two years ago, I similarly was short on time and even shorter after it started to rain, but knew I had to make the NBA Reunion & Bike Show Swap Meet held over at the old location of the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth.

I wasn’t the most learned person about BMX bikes back then, nor has knowledge greatly increase since, but I still have a healthy and curious interest.

While I ride bikes pretty much every day, it’s no secret that I’m not the most technically inclined enthusiast out there.

Grams and gearing I know, but how and why things spin and work the way they do I’m on a flat-earth type of level.

The culture is fascinating to me too because there’s a lot of similarities between BMX world and roadie crew I hang with, but like they exist in some slightly alternative universes.



For me, learning from scratch again is just another great gift that bikes have so much to offer.

Going to Saturday’s BMX Society x Valley Relics Vintage BMX Show at the Van Nuys Civic Center was another opportunity to explore at the ground level.

With my daughter’s soccer practice in the morning and subsequent violin performance at her school’s carnival left me with under an hour to visit which I thought would be enough…

..except this event was much bigger than I could have imagined.

If I’m guessing this show was four times larger than two years ago, I’m pretty sure I’m in the ballpark.


This was only a small part of the the day’s layout


The two people I rode up with came all the way from Glendora for the show, but apparently people from as far as Canada made it out.

With this volume of bikes to look at, there wasn’t much time for small talk making my way through.

Here’s some shots from stuff that caught my eye.

There was a lot of rubbernecking….