Treasures: May 2013

Find a museum-worthy speedy bicycle in Portland and an aerodynamic car in Reno.

Lotus Sport 110, bicycle at Cyclopedia exhibit, Portland Art Museum, Ore., image

The Lotus Sport 110 was nearly banned from the 1992 Olympics.

The hollow carbon-composite frame of the Lotus Sport 110 was so innovative that the bike was nearly banned from 1992 Olympics, where it won gold. It’s one of 40 bicycles on display at the Portland Art Museum’s Cyclepedia exhibit, June 8 to September 8. AAA members save $2 on admission. portlandartmuseum.org.

Buckminster Fuller, who floated futuristic ideas until his death 30 years ago, invented the geodesic dome and the 1934 Dymaxion, an aerodynamic car with a rear engine and three wheels. It’s now one of more than 200 vehicles on view at the National Automobile Museum in Reno. AAA members get $1 off admission. (775) 333-9300, automuseum.org.

Photography courtesy of collection of Michael Embacher

This article was first published in May 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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