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The Green Life: Tour de Fine Art

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September 29, 2009

Tour de Fine Art

Bike art

So you’ve known for a long time that bikes are great. They’re fun, easy to use, and get you to your destination without spewing carbon dioxide.

But bikes are much more than that. There’s a whole cultural movement being built alongside these two-wheeled beauties. You can see it at bike coops, like BICAS in Tucson, Arizona, where all types of people come together to work on their bikes. And then there are “bike-in” movie nights in cities like Austin, Texas, where a new spin is put on date night. 

Bike art has also gained prominence in recent years, and with it art auctions to benefit local bicycle coalitions. But now it's hitting the big time with a new exhibit at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. "Bike Rides: The Exhibition" is being put on with help from former Talking Heads front man and bicycle advocate David Byrne, and features works of bicycle-related art as well as bikes from cyclists like Lance Armstrong. (David Byrne also has a new book out, Bicycle Diaries.)

And for bikes, beer, and good times, check out New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat, a celebration of all things bicycle. Upcoming events are in San Diego, Tempe, and Austin.

--Kyle Boelte

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