‘Bike’s Peak’ revisited
Fifteen-year-old Shannon deRutte used to ride his bike around Healdsburg. He spent time on Fitch Mountain, rode over to Digger’s Bend on the Russian River and just wandered, enjoying his mountain bike. One day, he took a more northward direction and found himself on a plateau with discarded bikes in the bushes.
That day in 1995, he started pulling the bikes out of the weeds, and decided “what the heck, why don’t I start setting them up?
“They were cool looking old bikes,” he said. “Even then, they had a unique value—they looked retro or vintage.
“The first day, I did the majority of it (setting them up), the second time, a little more,” said Derutte. “I set them up in a half-moon. Then it became a destination spot for me and my mom.”
DeRutte is a 1999 Healdsburg High School graduate, and now lives in Fulton, with his wife, Lindsey, and children, Emily and Wyatt.
Over the years, his mother Janice Lorraine, would remind him of bike hill. He kept photos of the site in his room until he went off to college.
Some years at Christmas, Shannon DeRutte, who is a carpenter by trade, would help a client on Palomino Court hang lights, and he would wonder about the bikes. He could see Fox Pond from the lofty height, but he didn’t take the time to walk up the hill to see if the bikes were still there. He assumed they’d been hauled away, until he read about them in the paper.
On Sunday, March 23, deRutte, now 33, took a journey into his past to see what is now dubbed as “Bike’s Peak” or “Bike-Henge.” He took his wife and children with him.
DeRutte reports the bikes are now set up differently. He found the rabbit cages he originally stuck in between the bikes and decorated with bike parts off in the bushes, now smothered in poison oak. There were only a few houses, with the freeway off in the distance in 1995. Now, Parkland Farms subdivision covers the area below.
“It’s a nice little area,” he said.