The Heavy Pedal Presents the Life After Death Race in Downtown Phoenix

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Michael Klinger/The Heavy Pedal
Victor Vasquez of The Heavy Pedal in a "Death Race" shirt the company designed in 2011.

This time last year, Bryan Harding was getting a new tattoo. On a Saturday evening before Halloween, the local bicyclist, who works for State Bicycle Co., raced (literally) to Electric Haven Tattoo shop in Tempe. There he waited, perhaps not-so patiently or painlessly, as his left side became the canvas for a piece he did not choose and didn't even pay for, but certainly wanted -- if only because it guaranteed him first place in one of the most anticipated underground events in the Phoenix biking community: The Death Race.


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Pedal Craft Volume 3 Opens at Monorchid in Phoenix Oct. 25

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Benjamin Leatherman
Some of the posters from Pedal Craft 2012

Pedal Craft Volume 3 will help bring Phoenix Design Week to a close on Friday, October 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Monorchid in downtown Phoenix.

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Grand Avenue Bike Lane Opens in Downtown Phoenix

Categories: Bicycle Culture

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Jeremiah Toller
The new, Grand Avenue bike lane. Yeah, it's literally green.
The Grand Avenue Merchants Association cut the ribbon on new, green bike lanes, conveniently completed in time for the Grand Avenue Festival this past weekend.

In addition to the new bike lanes, which run northwest along Grand from Seventh Avenue to 15th Avenue, Grand Avenue received a more substantial facelift, with new LED street lighting, desert landscaping, decorative crosswalks designed by Bob Graham, and new bike racks to accommodate an expected increase in bike traffic.


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

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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

Categories: Bicycle Culture

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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

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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."

See also:
The Five Worst Summer Fashion Trends of 2013
Cycle: Underground Crit Brings Agressive Group Riding to North Phoenix

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Phoenix to Launch Bike Share Program in December

Categories: Bicycle Culture

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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.

See also:
10 Reasons to Love Cycling in Phoenix
Six Arizona-based Bicycle Businesses


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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

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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.

See Also:
- 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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