Art bike off to a good start
BRECKENRIDGE – The first art bike fund raiser earned about a quarter of the money the founders had hoped for, but they say they’ll keep pedaling for the Chris Ethridge Memorial fund and the Summit Recycling Project.
Art shack owners Andrew Held and Brian Howard created the art bike parade and silent auction to rise awareness about bicycling and recycling in Summit County and to raise money. It took place Saturday in conjunction with the Saturn Classic.
Eight out of the 30 wacky, artistic bikes sold at the auction, garnering about $600, Held said. Art shack landlord Rob Phillipe purchased an additional six bikes on Sunday to install them as a public art piece on one of his commercial properties in Frisco.
Held and Howard spent the last few months gathering about 50 donated bicycles and distributing them to artists and other community members to transform into moving art. After disassembling and reassembling various bicycles, 30 art bikes emerged.
At 10 a.m., riders paraded around the Saturn Classic’s criterium course, strutting their stuff.
“The parade was the highlight of the day,” Held said. “We kicked off the Saturn Series by doing eight laps on the criterium course with 15 to 20 bikes. Everybody was cheering us on. There were a few bikes without brakes, and there’s a big hill on the course.”
Howard rode one of the brakeless bikes, and in a Fred-Flintstone-type move, used his right foot to stop the runaway bike, wedging it between the front tire and frame.
“It was a good time, and people were very impressed by what they saw,” Held said.
About 250 spectators voted for their favorite art bike, choosing “Frankenchopper” by Mountain Outfitters employee Lou Bibeau.
“From the head tube forward, it was a somewhat conventional chopper with probably a 5-foot-long front fork. And then from the head tubes back, it was two bikes side by side. It took seven bikes to make,” Held said.
Bibeau’s bike raised $100 at the silent auction. The top-money earner, designed by Elizabeth Skrzypczak and covered with beads, sold to Mo Hyland for $150. The majority of bikes sold for $60. Held and Howard had hoped to raise $2,000 to $3,000.
“If every bike would have sold for $100, we would have raised $3,000,” Held said. “If we have to do more than two events a year, then we will to raise the money we planned on.”
Held and Howard plan on displaying their art bikes at a silent auction in a gallery fashion with name plates and descriptions at an upcoming antique bike race in Breckenridge. Look in the Summit Daily for dates and more information or call the art shack at (970) 668-4740.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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