7 Things We're Looking Forward to at Tour de Fat in Tempe This Weekend

Benjamin Leatherman
DeVotchKa performs during last year's Tour de Fat at Tempe Beach Park.
The weather's been unexpectedly pleasant lately, which means your lazy ass has one less excuse for not going outside. Perhaps you might even consider dusting off that bicycle that's been cloistered in the garage since May and going for a ride.

If you require further incentive to mount your neglected steed, how's about some potent brews served up with a chaser of bizarre characters and off-the-wall entertainment? Such a mix will be on tap this weekend when the annual Tour de Fat rolls into Tempe Beach Park.

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Downtown Phoenix's Rusty Spoke Community Bicycle Collective Moves to New Home

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Jason Franz
Inside the Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective's former location.
It looks like the folks behind downtown Phoenix's Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective have packed up their pedals and headed to a new place to park their rides.

The nonprofit and volunteer-run bike co-operative -- which serves as a DIY repair spot, grassroots cycling resource, and community event space -- spent last weekend moving to a new location that's a little more than a mile south of its former home along Grand Avenue.

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Sunday Cycles Bike Shop Now Carries Gently Used Camping Gear in Phoenix

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Sunday Cycles

When you're looking to hit the trails but escape the heat and/or avoid the plethora of novices oblivious to basic hiking etiquette we covered earlier this week, chances are good that a camping getaway is on your calendar. If you're putting off your next tent-pitching endeavor due to an aversion to seeing (and paying) the register total after loading up on the necessary equipment, consider checking out Phoenix's Sunday Cycles Bike Shop.

This past month the shop started selling camping, backpacking, and hiking gear. Having a locally-based alternative to the big box retailers is pretty cool, but Sunday Cycles ups the indie ante by buying people's lightly used gear on consignment.

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The Heavy Pedal Releases Spring 2013 Collection

Images Courtesy of Terrence Patrick, www.TheHeavyPedal.com
The new Heavy Pedal spring collection is available now.
What are the guys over at cycling-blog-turned-fashion-brand The Heavy Pedal up to these days? The Phoenix-based brand released their spring 2013 collection last week, and now it's gearing up for new ventures this summer.

The clothing company has gained notoriety (and fans -- almost 15,000 on Facebook) by issuing no apologies for its bold, in-your-face attitude. "From the first glance at the designs, one could tell we were very military inspired this season," Heavy Pedal founder Terrence Patrick says. "I am sure that is falling into the current trend of camouflage and military motifs in fashion currently."

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Phoenix to Launch Bike Share Program in December

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Rendering of what bike stations will look like

It's no secret that Phoenix tends to arrive to the LA and NYC trend parties a little on the tardy side. Lucky for downtown Phoenix residents, that isn't the case when it comes to the latest big-city trend of bike share programs.

New York recently launched its bike share service, Citi Bike, and Phoenix is already working on its own version, which is scheduled to roll out this December.

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Cycle: Seven Evening and Casual Rides During May

Categories: Bicycle Culture

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LOOPS State - State Bicycle Co.
As we roll into May, the competitive spirit begins to drift from our legs similar to the perfect midday temps across the Valley. A new state road racing champion has been crowned, and close to every knobbie-tired gnar wrangler pushed their endurance limits at the Whiskey Off Road. It's time to chill.

A bevy of casual rides are popping up around town, most taking advantage of the ideal evening temps and longer daylight hours. But if you still feel like getting your race on, don't despair, as there are still a few races out there.

See also:
- Cycle: Underground Crit Brings Aggressive Group Riding to North Phoenix
- Cycle: Short Track at Papago is the Valley's Go-To Summer Race Series for Everyone

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Grab Your Blankets and Radios and Bike to the Movies in Tempe

Courtesy of Ryan Guzy of Tempe Bicycle Action Group
A small bunch of the bikers that showed up for Cycle-In Cinema Tuesday night.
Go catch a free bike-themed feature presentation this week at Mitchell Park during the Cycle-In Cinema screenings. Breaking Away, the 1979 classic about putting the sneaker to the pedal and getting super aero, is up for review tonight with Beijing Bicycle playing Thursday night.

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- Cycle: April Is Bike Month in Metro Phoenix
- 10 Films We Can't Wait to See at the Phoenix Film Festival

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Cycle: April Is Bike Month in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Perimeter Cycling/El Tour de Mesa
Check out Arizona getting the jump on the rest of the country. Beginning April 1, many municipalities throughout the Valley will be celebrating Bike Month, 30 days earlier than most of the other 49 states.

Granted, most Valley denizens will spend May seeking shelter in swimming pools or in air-conditioned holes as triple digits veer our way, so enjoying our greatest weather month while on two wheels is pretty fantastic. And with a plethora of rides, races, clinics and movies offered across the region for our enjoyment, the month of April won't last long enough, as far as we here at Cycle are concerned.

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- Cycle: A West Side Classic to Estrella
- Cycle: 5 Reasons Why This Weekend's Paris-Roubaix Is the Best Cycling Race of the Year
- Tempe's Bike Saviours Finds a New Home

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Tempe's Bike Saviours Finds a New Home

Categories: Bicycle Culture

Tempe cycling fans can take a big sigh of relief -- Bike Saviours has found a (fitting) home across the street from bicycle-friendly bar Boulders on Broadway at 1930 S Roosevelt St.

According to collective member (and Jackalope Ranch contributor) Heather Hoch, the Saviours haven't set an opening date but will move at the end of this month and open the doors as soon as possible.

"We're excited to have our very own space for the first time since we opened seven years ago," writes Hoch. "We have a lot of big ideas, and the move was just the kick in the butt we all needed to get things rolling in a serious way."

See also:
- Tempe's Bike Saviours Forced to Move; Collective Looks for New Location
- Cycle: 10 Reasons to Love Cycling in Phoenix
- Tempe's YOBS (Ye Olde Bike Saviours) Closes Tonight

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Tempe's Bike Saviours Forced to Move; Collective Looks for New Location

Come April 5, the cycling fiends at Bike Saviours will need to find a new home.

The Tempe-based nonprofit bicycle collective was founded in 2007, and currently calls a spot behind Sunset Clothing Exchange, 601 University Drive in Tempe, home. But according to collective member (and Jackalope Ranch contributor) Heather Hoch, the Saviours were notified last week by landlords that they'd need to find somewhere else to operate by the end of the month.

See also:
- Cycle: 10 Reasons to Love Cycling in Phoenix
- Tempe's YOBS (Ye Olde Bike Saviours) Closes Tonight

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