Art Cruiser Ride adds to Steamboat Bike Week
August 22, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Janet Faller and Mark Traum love a lot of things in Steamboat Springs, but walk into the alley behind their house, and it's pretty easy to see what tops the list.
In the alley between Logan and Morrison streets sits a piece of art that is all Steamboat.
Faller and Traum have built a fence that incorporates pre-1990s skis and bikes.
"We wanted to add bikes to the ski component," Faller said. "We'd seen a bunch of bikes from our travels. In Corsica (France) we got our inspiration. We saw an old Tour de France bike."
The fence will be part of the inaugural Art Cruiser Ride. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to eight locations in Steamboat.
It's an art ride in the same sense as the First Friday Artwalk but is incorporated into Steamboat's Bike Week.
"It's a static rendition of our passion," Traum said.
The Cruiser Ride also has stops at Wheels Bike Shop, Center for Visual Arts, Wildhorse Gallery, Backcountry Delicatessen, Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, Colorado Group Realty and bistro c.v.
At each stop, bike-focused art will be featured.
"It's great to combine the two," said artist George Fargo, who created an acrylic painting from the USA Pro Challenge finish in Steamboat two years ago. "I'm a longtime Tour de France fan. When the Pro Challenge came two years ago, I was on it."
It wasn't one moment for Faller or Traum that set their project in motion, rather a lifelong love of cycling.
After finding their inspiration in France, they set the posts for the fence a year ago and went to work.
Columns of skis are broken up by wood, and in the center sits a 1968 or ’69 Schwinn bike.
The door also features a wheel on a pulley system to close the gate. The cord from the pulley system goes around a bicycle tire and is weighted down by a ski.
"Some people will call it junk," Faller said. "Some people will call it art. We call it fun."
The idea for the Cruiser Ride stemmed from organizer Paige Boucher, who said she had the idea for several years and this seemed like the time to do it. She said it was easy to come up with by combining two things Steamboat has come to love.
"It's two parallel worlds," she said. "Anyone can enjoy biking, and anyone can enjoy art. They are two of the things that make our town special."
Find a map and full listings for the ride here.
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com