I try to keep my personal interests from influencing my blog posts but when it comes to biking I make exceptions. I am a shameless biking advocate and while I really do think that biking is a big part of the Kent lifestyle, it is also admittedly a passion of mine so in the interest of full disclosure I have to state my lack of impartiality on all things bike related. With that behind me, I was intrigued by a notice I received last week about an upcoming bike event being planned by a group of bicyclists that informally congregate at the Professor’s Pub in downtown Kent. I had heard that some local riders had started to put together group rides that used the Professor’s Pub as their home base but my schedule had not allowed me to actually join them. Fortunately they still keep me posted about their riding plans and that’s how I heard about their plans for a Halloween ride — with Zombie costume’s encouraged.
The bike nuts (and I speak from personal experience here) tend to have a bit of an odd or edgy sense of humor. I suspect it comes from endless hours of pain and suffering on a narrow race seat but I digress. The fact of the matter is there’s an off-the-beaten path mentality that is shared by bicyclists (especially mountain bikers) which I think is part of the appeal of the bike culture and why it fits so well with Kent.
In Kent we cherish our off the wall sensibility and point with pride to our quirks and scars. Sure, we may try to blend them a bit by referring to ourselves in more acceptable terms like unique and eclectic in our marketing materials but no matter how you slice us up it’s those unwell tendencies that separate us from the suburbanized, homogenized, manicured communities all around us.
It’s in that spirit, celebrating our degrees of difference outside the ordinary, that the local bicyclists have arranged for a bike event on Halloween that they call Dead On Arrival. What a great title. That title certainly captures my state of being as I wobbled my way across the finish line at my last bike race but it’s also a great double entendre for Halloween that I felt compelled to help promote the event (even their artwork is first-rate). Here’s the race site web link: blaqdesign.com
Now before you get all high brow on me, give this event a chance. It’s actually a terrific idea to participate in a more healthy Halloween activity. And before you dismiss the concept of a bike costume event you have to check out the Bike Happening that bicyclists in San Luis Obispo have been doing every month for the last 9 years. Each month is a different costume theme — here’s a look at a few of last year’s themes:
Feb-Cowgirls and Tin Cans
Sub-Theme: Horned Animals
March– Anything goes
Sub-Theme: Noisy Spokes, Bells, and Whistles
April – Circus
Sub-Theme: Spatula Brigade
May – Diapers, Band-Aids, and Mustaches
Sub-Theme: Body Hair
June – Tutu, Feathers, Summer Formal
Sub-Theme: Fashion Faux Pas
Aug – PJ’s and Bathrobes
Sub-Theme: One luv, your grandma
Crazy, whacky, edgy but cool. Sounds a lot like Kent.