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Bike riders are weird; we’re a demographic characterized by tan lines, small carbon footprints, and unusual shaving habits. We also act largely alone, and unless we’re racing (or riding in costume) we rarely see each other in large groups. Yet this weekend The Rocky Mountain Bike Show provided an opportunity to really mingle with our own kind, sans chamois.

The bike show included everything from innovation to art, with a healthy dose of green thinking thrown in. I was amazed at the positive atmosphere, and of course all the shiny toys. Familiar names like Moots, DEAN, Campagnolo, and Maverick were all represented, but it was the beautifully customized work from the booths of Zinn, Ground Up, and Yipsan Bicycles that caught my eye most. Dave Hill of Victoria Cycles even gave me the basics of frame welding (I’m such a poser, he had to tell me what a “lug” is) while I drooled over his cool cruiser-inspired mountain bike.
Conventional bikes aside, there was plenty of alternative two-wheeled transportation represented as well. There were abundant recumbents, pedal-less bikes for toddlers, as well as one quiet motor-powered machine. Yet if I had to pick a favorite bike for the day it would probably be the Renovo Hardwood. That’s right, a bike made of wood. A Renovo bike weighs 16.5-20lbs, and supposedly provides a stiff, eco-friendly frame. I’d bite just for looks though- with graceful curves and that gorgeous polished-wood look, the bike is truly a work of art.

Not that there wasn’t enough art around. Todd VanFleet has made a career of photographing old cruiser bikes in unusual places. The result is a portfolio of images that not only appeal to the biker in us, but the art lover as well. There was also a booth devoted entirely to vintage cycling goodies; including old posters, pins, patches, and other collectibles.

As with most bike gatherings, a wide selection of local brewers was represented. With over ten beers available for sampling, as well as yogurt and granola cups from Bear Naked, there was definitely enough snackage available to satisfy any cyclist’s metabolism.

Also common to most bike gatherings was the space devoted to green living. With a sport that coincides so naturally with a planet-friendly lifestyle, it’s easy to see why many green movements begin in our community. I was especially intrigued by; a sort of communal car system. The idea is to utilize alternative transportation unless you really need a car, in which case you can reserve one for the day for a small fee. Check out the website- I think it’s a pretty cool concept.
This year’s Rocky Mountain Bike Show had it all. There was art inspired by bikes, bikes that bordered on art, tasty drinks for sampling, and a planet-conscious vibe to tie it all together. If you didn’t go this time, make sure you save the weekend for next year!

How was your experience at the show this weekend?

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