Next to Calatrava's wing/bird/ship thing (actually attached to it), we discovered a bit of an Indiana connection in the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center (WMC). The WMC was designed by Eero Saarinen. Americans probably know Eero Saarinen best for his design of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, but fans also know Eero and his father, Eliel Saarinen for their architectural work in Columbus, Indiana (featured in a past ISWE ride). We've ridden circle after circle around Eero's amazing North Christian Church and Henry Moore's Large Arch sculpture, which perfectly frames Eliel's equally amazing First Christian Church. Eliel is especially admirable for having somehow convinced a bunch of conservative Indiana farmers and factory workers to go along with his plan for such a innovative, contemporary design in 1942! As ISWE persistently endeavors to convince people to go for innovative, contemporary, small-wheel and folding bikes, we always hold Eliel in high esteem.
In two days, we managed a few small wheel sightings. First, we found a nice little Giant Halfway locked to a parking meter on East Wisconsin Ave. Halfways can be a little on the heavy side, but with aluminum frames, lots of height/ride adjustment, solid build, and quick/simple fold, they're great little commuters. One interesting detail on Halfways is the mono-fork mono-chainstay design. The wheels are only supported form the right side. Cannondale has used this same design on mountain bikes.This gives Halfways a narrow, tighter, neater fold than a lot of other folding bike designs.
Over at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) we ran into a Halfway competitor, a Dahon Archer P8 (similar to Speed P8). The Archer was flanked by a couple of 20-inch freestyle bikes.