Scene in Logan Square: Tour de Fat

2007 S.F. Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat
is coming to Logan Square! Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. –
4 p.m., at Palmer Square.

Tour de Fat seems like an indescribable irreverent spectacle! a veritable cycling circus! with neighborhood bike ride, bike rodeo, costumes, slow race, live music and more. Proceeds from beer and merchandise (admission is free!) go to a worthy organization, West Town Bikes, a community bicycle learning workshop.

Mucca Pazza

Tour de Fat has been touring western cities for eight years now. Welcome to the Midwest!

If you’re not a cyclist, Mucca Pazza (right) alone is worth coming out for. But there’s so much more.

Here’s just a taste of some of the irreverence:

The Ten Commandments of the Tour de Fat:

  1. Put no means of transport before thy bike: Come by bike because not only are bikes fun, but they help stave off some of our most wicked ills: Traffic, obesity, and pollution. Tour de Fat has a solution: ride this day, every day, and definitely when Tour de Fat heads your way.
  2. Honor all other bikes. All bikes are good bikes, and all those who ride them are good people….
  3. May every generation come forth: This is a family friendly event. Costumes, bikes and parade? We were thinking like kids when we created Tour de Fat.
  4. Thou shall come as a participant not a spectator. It’s a costumed celebration of human-powered transportation. Muscles not motors….
  5. Thou shalt not bring booze. But enjoy the supplied malted adult refreshments responsibly…. And when you imbibe in our tasty brews, remember this is a Bicycle Festival with beer, not the other way around.
  6. New Belgium shalt not profit. Our goal is to raise money for bicycle and environmental charities….Please think of your $5 beer tokens as donations to a worthy cause. All sales are final; beer tokens do not expire and will be accepted next year.
  7. Remember the purpose, and bring not your pooches….
  8. Keep the day true with thy good juju. The ride is free, but we suggest a $5 donation to the good bike advocates who are putting it on for you. If you give more, you will not incur flats, mechanical troubles, or dry skin for a while…maybe….
  9. Thou shall rise early: Since Tour de Fat is a free show, we sometimes get more folks than we can accommodate. Once we’re full, we will handle overflow like a restaurant or bar: one in, one out….
  10. Thou shalt not steal thy neighbors’ bike: Don’t even think of leaving with a bike that doesn’t belong to you. Modern day horse thieves will be dealt with by angry mob, pitchforks, and torches.

But wait, there’s more:

See you there!


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