I go to Abita Springs for the Louisiana Bicycle Festival one day,
please Mom, please?"
festival officially starts when people show up. There are some
people who start showing up before 8am. This event is not officially
organized by anyone. Years ago it was sponsored by the UCM Museum,
aka The Abita Mystery House. John Preble, owner of the museum
still helps with the logistics, along with other volunteers. If
you are looking to buy a cool bicycle, - many "deals"
are made before 10am.
FESTIVAL BICYLE RIDE (AKA PARADE)
town of Abita Springs is small - we had a traffic light
a few years ago, they replaced it with a roundabout so now
we don't even have a traffic light. Most of the streets
are shaded by tall pines and live oaks. It is a bicycle
friendly place and residents look forward to the festival
and the participants.
spontaneous ride begins rolling around 12:30 and winds through
the historic district for about 30 minutes.
is a grocery/deli, pizza place, cafe, and brew pub all within
walking distance to the festival. Festival food is also sold
on the festival grounds.
on the Saturday before Father's Day
photos used on this page do not depict actual events a the
Louisiana Bicycle Festival.
Sponsored in part by
the Abita Brewery
click here to see the
Rocket Bike comes the the 2008 LA Bicycle Festival
In the past, some volunteers have brought trophies
and awards for participants. Bring some bikes and your may win
a crackerjack prize !
have included new bikes: a new 3G bicycle, a rusty Huffy, a Schwin,
bicycle books, posters, tee shirts, bike memorabilia, certificates
suitable for framing, and fantastic bragging rights!
year bicycles and components are swapped, bought and sold. Often
bicycles are brought in by non-bicycle collectors simply find
a good home for their bicycle. If you like to buy, sell, or swap
bicycle stuff then please come prepared. An ATM machine is within
walking distance. There is no charge to the vendors, participants,
and general audience to make deals.
is a laid back affair. On request, many bicycle owners
will let you test ride their bicycles, however please
be aware that many bicycles on exhibit are very special.
Think of this festival like a family reunion - except this is a family you choose to belong to!