Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’roll and… Bicycles?

Thanks to Jane McAteer for letting us know about B.I.K.E, a cool documentary showing at the Facets theater this weekend. From the website:

Driven by anti-materialism and a belief that the impending apocalypse will render cars useless and leave bicycles in power, Black Label Bike Club (BLBC) battles mainstream consumer culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. Pulling threads from Critical Mass and the wider bike counterculture, B.I.K.E. explores such themes as radical politics, personal artistic vision, global responsibility, relationships, group formation, and perhaps most prominently, pain and love.

Yea, but the fun part is seeing a bunch of crazy guys and girls setting themselves on fire, tall-bike jousting, fighting, drinking, partying, yelling, hanging out and causing trouble. From the parts of the film that I’ve seen, these guys sometimes seem like just a bunch of bums that happen to ride bikes, but most times they really do seem like part of some kind of loosely unified “subculture” that I don’t think a lot of people even know exists. In any case, they’re a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and the film is definitely worth checking out. Plus, even though these guys would probably beat me up instantly if they ever saw me, they definitely make riding my bike around the city feel just a little bit cooler.B.I.K.E.@ FacetsSat., Mar. 24 at 9 & 11 pmSun., Mar. 25 at 9 pmSat., Mar. 31 at 1 pm

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