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Another bike art show rolls through May

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- PEDAL POWER:  May is Bike Month, and the Atascadero Bike Lane Gallery is hosting a month-long bike art exhibition—“Bike Momentum: A Chain Reaction of Art and Advocacy”—organized by the Tall Bike Posse, a local bike aficionado group known for their highly modified bicycles. The gallery is located at 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero, and admission is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open the following hours (provided they can find volunteers to gallery sit): Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 10 p.m. (except 5/15 when it opens at 10 a.m.), and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from art sales go to the SLO Bike Coalition. Get the full schedule of events on the gallery’s Facebook page under the “events” tab. -
  • PEDAL POWER: May is Bike Month, and the Atascadero Bike Lane Gallery is hosting a month-long bike art exhibition—“Bike Momentum: A Chain Reaction of Art and Advocacy”—organized by the Tall Bike Posse, a local bike aficionado group known for their highly modified bicycles. The gallery is located at 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero, and admission is free and open to the public. The gallery will be open the following hours (provided they can find volunteers to gallery sit): Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 10 p.m. (except 5/15 when it opens at 10 a.m.), and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from art sales go to the SLO Bike Coalition. Get the full schedule of events on the gallery’s Facebook page under the “events” tab.
TAG TEAM:  Tall Bike Posse members Tom Smith and Bill Mulder make quick work of a bike frame during the Bike Build on April 18. - PHOTO BY GLEN STARKEY
  • PHOTO BY GLEN STARKEY
  • TAG TEAM: Tall Bike Posse members Tom Smith and Bill Mulder make quick work of a bike frame during the Bike Build on April 18.
Bike parts are everywhere: a bucket of front forks, a pile of frames, a box of brakes and derailleurs and chains and sprockets. Half a dozen men confer amidst a welder and various power tools. Then Bill Mulder suddenly grabs a bike frame and wrestles it to the ground, holding it down as Tom Smith attacks it with a reciprocating saw, cutting off the tubes that would hold a back wheel in place.

Bill and Tom are members of the Tall Bike Posse, a group of modified-bike aficionados who weld one bike frame on top of another to make bikes five feet or taller. Why? Because they’re weird and they love bikes and they know how to make stuff.

 

PRETTY AS A PICTURE :  This arresting bike painting by Cythni Meyer was a popular piece at the last bike art show. - PHOTO BY STEVE ACKERS
  • PHOTO BY STEVE ACKERS
  • PRETTY AS A PICTURE : This arresting bike painting by Cythni Meyer was a popular piece at the last bike art show.
It’s Sunday, April 18, and I’m at the Bike Build hosted by members of the Tall Bike Posse at Central Coast Brewery in preparation for Bike Month and “Bike Momentum: A Chain Reaction of Art and Advocacy,” a month-long bike-related art show at The Atascadero Bike Lane Gallery

(5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero).

 “It’s in the old Coast to Coast hardware store,” says Tom. “We start on Saturday, May 1, with a 2 p.m. ‘Bike to Banners!’ ride. Fifth and eighth grade students did all the banners we’re hanging up around town, so we’re going to ride around and look at them all, and then we go to the gallery where this kid death metal band called Right of Asylum is going to play.”

The kids of Right of Asylum weren’t sure what to make of Tom’s interest in their band.

THIS ONE’S UP FOR GRABS:  Steve Ackers created this piece he calls “bike bike,” replete with its own cardboard frame, for the upcoming bike art show. Fancy! - PHOTO BY STEVE ACKERS
  • PHOTO BY STEVE ACKERS
  • THIS ONE’S UP FOR GRABS: Steve Ackers created this piece he calls “bike bike,” replete with its own cardboard frame, for the upcoming bike art show. Fancy!
“One of the members said to me, ‘Mr. Smith, there’s a problem.’ ‘What’s that?’ I asked. ‘Do you know what kind of music we play?’ ‘Yeah,’ I said, ‘Rrrraow, rrrraow, rrrraow!’” says Tom, doing his impression of a death metal singer. “That’s what we want.”

There’s going to be entertainment every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the gallery starting with indie-alternative rock by The Clydes & EjiTZ next Thursday, May 6, at 8 p.m.

YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MANY FORKS :  Bike forks…lots of them. - PHOTO BY GLEN STARKEY
  • PHOTO BY GLEN STARKEY
  • YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MANY FORKS : Bike forks…lots of them.
Other highlights of the month include a BMX Bike Expo and “Flat Land Best Trick Contest” on Saturday, May 8 at 1 p.m.; a Vintage Bike Show/Bike Swap Meet starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15; the Pedal To Paella event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 with music by one-man blues band Rizorkestra at The Educated Gardener Nursery (22210 El Camino Real in Santa Margarita; call 438-4250 for details); and a Fashion Show/Dance Party at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, with DJ LOel.

“We’re also going to have an underground event: a pixie bike demolition derby,” said Tom, but to find out about that you’ll need to show up at the gallery, find someone in the know, and get the lowdown.

Bikes, art, music—it’s happening in A-Town.

Glen Starkey takes a beating and keeps on bleating. Contact him at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.

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