Creativity abounds in all aspects of the Lowrider culture. While the primary focus is usually on automobiles, anyone who has ever seen the two and three-wheeled sides of Lowriding can honestly say that these rides are just as breathtaking. Unfortunately, it seems as though it is typical for these custom bicycles, tricycles, pedal cars and other smaller creations on wheels to take a backseat at the car shows. The Inland Empire Chapter of Uniques Car & Bike club vowed to change that with the inception of a Bike and Pedal Show that would allow these smaller creations to get the shine they deserve! This year marked the 2nd Annual Bike & Pedal Show for Uniques, and the I.E. Chapter did not disappoint; this year’s show was even larger than last year’s show! As the hype around this event continues to grow, there’s no doubt that next year’s event will be even bigger.
Shorty, the president of Uniques (IE Chapter) and a member of the IELA (Inland Empire Lowrider Alliance), spearheaded this event and made sure it was all about these smaller-scale rides and the people who built them. From the kids to the adults, the turnout was unbelievable—despite the fact that there were no full-size cars on display. The show hosted over 200 rides, all of which were shined up and parked in the Universal Strike Bowling parking lot in Moreno Valley, California. Aside from the cool, custom rides, there was plenty of great food and free activities for the kids. The free event attracted people from around the community, and even drew in attendees from as far away as Fresno, California! Top Dogs Bike Club made that trek; driving four hours to support the show and display some of their latest builds.
Shorty is quick to give credit to the show’s sponsors as the driving force behind the event’s success. Some of the sponsors and on-site exhibitors at this year’s show included Los Muertos Tattoo Studios, Nissan, Bikes n’ Toys of Riverside Discount Mall, Bareoot Books, Hexed Bows, AFS Powder Coating, Raceway Ford, Hasterboy Clothing, Lenny’s Automotive, No Limit Sounds, Royal Galmor, Lori’s Fleece Blankets, Perris Tires & Wheels, Sick Society Musik, Puro Party Catering, Krazy Kutting, Al’s Restoration, and Custom Upholstery by Jose Garcia.
With a focus on the younger members of the Lowrider culture, Shorty gives a special thanks to all the youth for coming out and supporting this year’s show. He also thanks all the Uniques members who helped out with the event, Los Muertos Tattoo Studios for their continuous support, and Universal Strike Bowling for being willing to host this annual event at their location. Shorty also sends his gratitude to Jojo from Devotions Car Club, Raza Style Car Club, Latin Luxury Car Club, videographer Manny Saldana, and the IELA for supporting him and the culture he loves.