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May 29, 2021

SDIFF Board Stalwart Ron Miriello’s Collection of Steel Italian Bicycles Goes on View at Quint Gallery, June 5 through July 17, 2021

SDIFF founding board member and graphic designer and artist Ron Miriello’s fascination with vintage Italian steel bicycles will finally be shared with the public. From June 5 through July 17, the Museum Of__, inside Quint Gallery in La Jolla, will present an exhibition of vintage steel bicycles handcrafted and built throughout Italy between 1978 and 1986, from Ron’s personal collection.

For decades, Italian steel bicycles have been synonymous with finely detailed craftsmanship and storied histories, from their hand-painted lettering and unique details etched in steel, to head tube badges and wool jerseys celebrating the pride of their cities and villages. Though once there was a bicycle maker in most every Italian town, streamlined manufacturing has shifted the bicycle world’s ethos and desire for more advanced technologies. A globalized industry has challenged the future of these family-run operations in favor of mass production, but their stories of dedication to the craft continue through a community of devoted collectors of these steel wonders around the globe.

You can see Ron’s bicycles for yourself at The Museum Of__, Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Avenue in La Jolla. They are open for walk-ins from Tuesday-Saturday from 11AM-5PM. Visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times within the building.