Bike Smut Pedals Through Denver for the Last Time

Just a girl and her bike.
Just a girl and her bike.
Bike Smut

After nearly a decade of bringing bicycle erotica to big screens around the world, Bike Smut is pedaling through Denver on its final tour this weekend. For the last nine years, a community of cyclists and sex-positive individuals have consistently submitted short erotic films to be shown at Bike Smut’s live film festival performances, but founder “Reverend Phil” Sano says the ride is finally over.

“I’m reluctant to give up such an important and enjoyable medium, especially when I have noticed that a tremendous amount of content is still being made for Bike Smut,” Sano says. “Just from Denver alone the content is all over the map, from really simple to way over the top and mindfucking.”  Submissions this year from Denver alone cover such material as exploring queer identities, representations of how people see themselves and one particular interracial orgy short film,

Despite the enthusiastic audience support, Sano says he hasn’t had the chance to take a break from the cycling world in nearly twenty years. He became an ordained minister in the Universal Church of Life in 1996 and was then chosen as a Saint in the Church of Bicycle Jesus by Seattle’s Dead Baby Bike Club. His presence in Portland’s cycling community grew until he formed Bike Smut in 2007, as a way of spreading the message of joy through sexual liberation and cycling.

It's the last time to see some bicycle erotica in Denver.
It's the last time to see some bicycle erotica in Denver.
Bike Smut

“If I’m not bringing joy to the Bike Smut events and I’m not doing it with an uplifted spirit, then I’m not doing the culture any favors,” Sano says. “I knew I needed to take a break, but I knew if it was looming over me I would want to keep working on it. So nine years is a good run.”

Bike Smut has taken its film festival around the world, in places like Milan and Paris, showing short films of people making love to and around their bicycles. After such a successful nine-year run, Sano says he wanted to go out with a bang on the final Colorado tour. Colorado is still “en fuego” with a passion for Bike Smut, he explains, so he’s bringing the fire between people’s legs at stops in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

As a sort of opening reception for Bike Smut 9: Science Friction, which will take place Sunday night at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Bike Smut and local Denverite Mia Underwood are hosting a Sexy Scavenger Hunt on bicycles on Friday, November 6, in Governor’s Park. The race is $5 to enter. The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of free acting classes and ten event passes from Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. The race kicks off at 6 p.m. and more information can be found on Facebook.

"Put the fun between your legs."
"Put the fun between your legs."
Bike Smut

Sunday night will be one of the last times to  see Bike Smut, as it is always only played for live audiences and the tour is coming to a close. Sano says that while individual artists maintain the rights to their work, you cannot buy Bike Smut online and there are no DVDs for sale.  Should people find themselves in Las Vegas, though ten of Bike Smut’s finest films are on display at Harry Mohney’s Erotic Heritage Museum in conjunction with the world’s largest sex bike, which takes up two floors and is Sano’s original concept.

After almost ten years, Sano says he's  seen Bike Smut become a platform and common space to engage in ideas that people normally find very difficult due to barriers like cell-phone culture and car culture, because bicycles are a way to break those down. “How we move our bodies, whether it’s in traffic or fucking, is an important part of our lives,” Sano says. “Hopefully after so many years, Bike Smut has given people a voice to continue artistic expression and coming up with creative, mature ideas if they’re just willing to sit and think about it for a second.”

Bike Smut will show at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd Street. Tickets are available on the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse website for $8 before the show and $10 at the door; The show is 18 and up. To learn more about Bike Smut, visit BikeSmut.com.

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