2011 Laconia Bike Week Pics now posted over on the other Weirs Beach site. Sorry about the lack of updates this year!
Scenes from today down at Weirs Beach courtesy of Weirs Beach Online. Nice to have great weather for a change– it really brought out the crowds!
Having a hard time finding a place to stay? Yeah, I figured. Now through late April is the best time to secure a room, and since there aren’t many hotel rooms left in the Weirs area anymore due to condo conversions, finding vacancy for the dates you want can take quite a bit of effort.
This time of year, a lot of places are closed any might not even be answering the phones on a consistent basis, so using the internet is the best way. Don’t throw in the towel. First go through my page of bike week lodging which will link you to the google information page for various properties, where you’ll get direct links to hotel websites and property reviews.
Also handy to know is that the Laconia chamber of commerce keeps a listing of places that currently have openings for bike week. Not all members participate, and the information is usually a few days old, but it’s a good start. Click here to access the latest information.
Thought you might enjoy a timelapse video from the cam showing portions of route three 1/2 mile south of Weirs Beach during the 2004 Laconia Bike Week. I have other days from past years archived, I’ll hopefully post more soon.
Welcome to the Laconia Bike Week Insider, a project of mine I’ve been kicking around for a while. This site is brand new, so check back often for updates. I’ll have new pics and will be posting HD video during bike week this year.
On the subject of video, I was poking around on Youtube and found some videos from last year and older that I liked, so I thought I’d share here. The first shows Lakeside Ave.
Over 300 vendors attend bike week to sell and show off their wares. Most are located at the Drive-In Theater and along Lakeside Ave. Others are scattered along route three around Funspot and the Broken Spoke, and as far north at Laconia Harley Davidson in Meredith. Some past vendors include Bear Hollow Boots, Fat Boys, Show Off Ink, Above All Leather, House of Sheesha, Spider’s Promotions, Art Attack, Jim’s French Fries, Ryder Sports, Simply Silver, and Icicles Eyewear.
Vendor Names & Maps
Last time I tried to get an official list of bike week vendors from the city, they told me I had to pay for it. So, forget that. Here is some information from WeirsBeach.com. The graphics are from 2000, but things haven’t changed that much.
- Drive-In Theater Area Vendors
- Beachview Bazaar Vendors
- Half Moon Vendors
- Waterslide Area Vendors
- Winnipesaukee Marketplace Vendors
Want to be a Vendor?
- The vending period is from 6/12 @ 8:00am and ends 6/20 @ midnight and the fee is $450. You can vend the Friday before (6/11) for an extra $50.
- Food vendors face an additional inspection fee of $50, and if flammable heat sources are used for cooking you need a permit from the Laconia Fire Department. (603) 524-6881.
- Acquire your vending location from property owners that have been approved by the city.
- Fill out the cities application for vending, and mail in your payment before June 1st to avoid stiff late fee penalties.
- A separate license is required for additional vending locations, even if on the same property. No subletting.
- If you have any questions regarding licensing you may call (603) 528-6331.
For complete vending regulations and mailing addresses for payment:
These are some of the laws that pertain to motorcyclists. For a more complete list and enough reading to keep you busy for a lifetime, do a search of the state website.
- Helmet required for people under age 18
- Eye protection required if your bike doesn’t have a windshield
- No lane splitting
- No riding more than two abreast
- Passengers must have a seat with footrest, no age limits
- Muffler required, sound must not exceed 106dBA at 20 inches from pipe at a 45 degree angle
- No restrictions on helmet speakers
- One left or right mirror required
- Handlebar height must be at or below shoulder level when seated
- Wheel stands and burnouts constitute are considered reckless conduct and can result in a citation.