Open Bike

Like your heart after you pound a Red Bull or two, the pedals of a fixed-gear bike are forever wheeling forward. Some folks find that scary; others ride that momentum down through SOMA, into Justin Herman Plaza, and right on over to the sign-up sheet for Ride & Style, this afternoon’s competition in fixed-gear energy-drink family-fun badassedness. The rest of us can watch them. Enjoy the inventive athleticism of freestyle bike jamming on an obstacle course built by a collective of urban artists. Check out heat after heat of fixed-gear races beneath a starting-line arch built by artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector from busted cycle parts they salvaged out of dumpsters. Bob along to tunes spun by DJ Goldenchyld, recent winner of the Thre3Style San Francisco contest. Bike on over, and leave the chain-up process to a Bike Coalition valet. In short, here’s four hours of bikes, bodies — and, for imbibers of the sponsoring product — fluids in freewheeling motion.
Sat., April 30, noon, 2011

 
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