30 Sep '11, 4pm

Kangaroo bikes and Bambi killers: Meet the cyclists of ‘Outdoorsia

Kangaroo bikes and Bambi killers: Meet the cyclists of ‘Outdoorsia

Photo: Elly Blue Elly Blue is on a monthlong Dinner & Bikes tour around the western U.S., along with Portland bike filmmaker Joe Biel and traveling vegan chef Joshua Ploeg . This is one of her thrice-weekly dispatches from the road about bicycle culture and economy. Read them all here . Spearfish, S.D.: Last year, on the intergalactic Bikestravaganza tour, Joe and I were flabbergasted to discover a mutant bike culture thriving in this tiny city in the heart of the region a friend calls Outdoorsia. This year we couldn't wait to come back. The day before we were to arrive, driving into the sprawling motordom of nearby Rapid City, we spotted a guy on a tallbike merging with traffic on a major arterial street. We asked about it at our event that night and were met with shrugs. "It's a frat thing," speculated a buff young pedicab operator. "They make some of the guys ride them....

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-09-29-kangaroo-bikes-and...

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