Philadelphia’s Bicycle Art Benefit Auction is scheduled for March 22nd, featuring dozens of pieces of upcycled bicycle art up for the bidding. Scrap parts from the basements and dusty corners of Neighborhood Bike Works and The Bike Church are being transformed into pieces of art, with all proceeds going back to this DIY bike projects helping to get residents on bikes, and knowledge about how to fix their rides into their heads. The organizers of Philly’s Bicycle Art Benefit Auction are inspired by the Tucson group, Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS), which has been producing about 300 pieces a year since 1995, filling the Tucson area with more than 6,000 pieces of bicycle art. You can view the art at Studio 34 in West Philadelphia starting March 2nd, with the March 22nd auction featuring music and fun times. Check the Facebook event page for more info, and how to submit your own work.
Following a weekend of debauchery including some bike riding, the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships went off this past Sunday in Philadelphia. Qualifiers for spots in the men’s and women’s race categories included the previous day’s Bilenky Junkyard Cross, a locals led “feats of strength” ride, or last-chance goldsprints. The football fans in the audience may be familiar with how the weather turned in Philadelphia that afternoon, dumping some 2-3 inches of snow on the course in a couple of hours. The 11am “Everyone’s a Winner” category started with clear skies and wet trails, ending but 45 minutes later in heavy snow. By the time the men’s and women’s classes was hitting the course it was just short of a whiteout, with the women getting the worst of it. It all led to a party in the woods with some bike racing happening in between. The top competitive finishers were taking things seriously to turn the laps they did, it’s just that most everyone else on the course was more than happy to embrace the loose rules and heavy heckling in the name of a party. Adam Craig and Vikki Barclay took home the championship tattoos, everyone else went home a winner. Next year it’s Louisville.