Big Wheels

At its best, April means perfect bike-riding weather: neither too hot nor too cold, with budding trees, singing birds and sprouting bulbs all around. The bikeways green up, and everyone’s wearing a smile under their helmets. This month’s Second Saturday Block Party on the 3100 block of East Colfax will be a paean to all that rolls, as Fabric Lab and all of its street mates, including the Shoppe, Plastic Chapel, Neopolitan and, a piece down the road, Rockbar, host the Artcrank Poster Party for Bike People, an affair that melds the concept of the Minneapolis-conceived Artcrank bike-art poster show with a veritable circus of bike- and not-so-bike-related street fun.

Organized by dedicated cyclist Josh Wills, husband of Fabric Lab’s Tran Wills, the party, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight, will include a fashion show on wheels (with tricks!); a cupcake-eating contest; a live bike-building hosted by the Fahrenheit Collective; free safety and maintenance checks and a bike giveaway by the folks at Salvagetti; and a bicycle carnival, along with the poster show of works by more than forty local artists. "Many of the artists will be in attendance, and it's a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones,” says Wills. “Plus, it’s a perfect time to plan out your summer cycling adventures while being surrounded by bicycle-themed art that’s all priced under $40!" And when it’s all over, it won’t be: Broox Pulford of XROCKSTHESPOT will lead a community bike ride into the night, down Colfax and beyond, with tavern and club stops along the way.

Tune up, cycling fiends, and cruise to for details.
Sat., April 11, 7-11 p.m., 2009

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