We call it bicycle creep. San Francisco is slowly, gradually, but with undeniable certainty, assimilating the bicycle as a central part of its structure and culture. Eventually it could be as soon as 2012 or 2013 the city will be one big Bicycle Borg. Bikes will be in racks built into walls and sidewalks every 10 feet or so, for anyone who needs them. But here's the bad news: They'll also communicate with some central robotic queen in City Hall and, if you're in trouble, they'll take you directly to her. So in order not to be assimilated yourself, you need to learn how to build the things y'know, make friends with the buggers and know what's inside them before they become part of the collective. How to Build a Bike from Scratch is a good first step toward creating your own little hive. Tonight Peter Verdone teaches you how to build your own frame, covering the basics of design and fabrication. He also provides rudimentary advice about components to complete your bike. And this guy knows what he's talking about. His website has photos of numerous bikes he's built in addition to skateboards and motorcycle parts. He'll probably have a lot of fresh ideas he just got back from the North American Handmade Bike Show in Austin, Texas. It's where all the super geeks like me go to chat about what's going on, Verdone says. We hope so, Peter, because the resistance is counting on you.
Wed., March 9, 7 p.m., 2011