Pizza, Bikes And Music: A Ruota Libera

Folks in Northern California will be treated to an afternoon with some of the finest craftsmen in the country at the second annual A Ruota Libera, or ‘freewheel’, in Italian.

It’s all about handmade bikes, handmade pizza and live music, as frame builders from the area descend on Anthony Mangieri’s infamous Una Pizza Napalitano in San Francisco. Set for August 12th, the event will feature exhibitors of the likes of Soulcraft (the event’s co-sponsor) Retrotec-Inglis, Rock Lobster and many, many more. Anthony Mangieri will be tossing pies all day, and Paved photographer, Brian Vernor, will have an exhibit as well.

Here’s the formal invite should you find yourself in the area and wish to go (which if you are indeed in the area, there’s really no excuse):

“Ruota Libera” — Italian for “free-wheel” – a celebration of handmade bicycles, handmade Neapolitan pizza and live music. Doors to the event open at 1pm.The annual event developed by Anthony Mangieri, founder of Una Pizza Napoletana, and Sean Walling, founder of Soulcraft Bicycles brings together a cross-section of the preeminent names in the cycling industry with a focus on bicycles, parts and components created in Northern California.

Anthony Mangieri will be working his pizza oven surrounded by exhibitors, including: Steve Potts, Bruce Gordon, Soulcraft, Black Mountain, Rock Lobster, Steelman, Hunter, Inglis/Retrotec, Falconer, Caletti, Frances Cycles, Black Cat, Paul Components, Ahrens, Pass and Stow, Rebolledo, Blue Collar, and White Industries. Handmade bicycles, parts and components will be on display around the restaurant for people to enjoy up-close and personally.

The event features an exhibit by photographer Brian Vernor and will be soundtracked by a live performance from San Francisco native and legendary Bones Brigade skater Tommy Guerrero. The Reveille Coffee truck will be on the scene to give a little extra boost.
“A Ruota Libera” is sponsored in part by Beer Moretti and Lambrusco Pronto wine. Doors open at 1pm and the show will close promptly at 7pm. Admission of $10 includes pizza, music performance and secure bicycle parking.

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