Bicycle Culture

Cycle: Tour de Fat 2012 Set for October

The annual parade and festival of two-wheeled fat-tired freaks will once again descend upon the shores of Tempe Beach Park as the Tour de Fat's Tempe stop has been officially announced for October 6. And this year, they're bringing a legit music headliner to anchor the day's revelry.

Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing with proceeds going to the Tempe Bicycle Action Group and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, this now traditional celebration of the casual cyclists in our midst will once again feature a parade through historic central Tempe neighborhoods before returning to the park for general shenanigans and music provided by the likes of DeVotchKa and He's My Brother She's My Sister.

Also returning this year will be the fifth edition of the Tour de Fat Car/Bike Trade. That's right, if you're looking to make a sweet deal to get rid of some gas-chugging wheels, New Belgium will select one fortunate soul to hand over the keys, title, and everything else attached to their car and in exchange for a fully packed custom-built bike.

New Belgium is already receiving entries for the trade drawing. They ask all car-free wanna-bes to sumbit a two minute video explaining why they want to make this life change and upload it to their Facebook page or email it to [email protected].

In case October 6 is just too far off for your Fat Tire bike fest fix, New Belgium is bringing its Clips of Faith traveling short-film show to Flagstaff's Thorpe Park on July 12. Sixteen beers will be pouring in tandem with a selection of fan-made films for a cozy picnic-style viewing.

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Jason Franz
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