Ask MassBike: Art Bikes

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We got this question from Scott about art bikes.

Do you have any leads on art bike groups that can be hired for a festival in Boston?

Hello Scott

I am pretty sure what you mean by art bikes are bicycles done up in awesome/outrageous/artistic ways, including custom built bikes (low riders, tall bikes, etc). The only organization I can think of are the wonderful folks over at SCUL, while I am not sure you can “hire” them as they are a quote “an anti-elite band of pilots testing out experimental ships, exploring the Greater Boston Starystems and occasionally other galaxies. We are an organized battalion of funk.” they might show up if you asked nicely. Learn more about SCUL here.

Below is some examples of their work

If you know of any other groups like this that could help Scott out leave the link in the comments.

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5 Responses to Ask MassBike: Art Bikes

  1. Marianna February 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    A friend’s sister used to roll with some wacky-bike group out of MIT, in 2003 or 2004 I think. Haven’t been able to get in touch with that friend lately, though, sorry I haven’t got any more info.

  2. Phil Lindsay February 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    The Cycling Murray’s are a family that book themselves to parades. They have some whacky bikes, including a side by side tandem and one that is sort of like a scooter only with a bike front. They also play flutes. It’s the dad, mom and three daughters. They’ve been doing it for years. I bet a google search would find them. Or ask folks at the Dorchester Day Parade Committee…

  3. Galen February 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Yes! There are wacky bikers out there who would love to ride in parades! I ride a bicycle known as the JamBike, which is a bicycle fitted with an upturned bucket as a drum, and sports a cymbal and cow-bell all affixed on the handle bars. With a bit of trickiness (and speed) I can bike and drum at the same time! Here’s an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vh3kUy54Tw

    I have some friends who have joined me by retro-fitting their own bikes in a similar fashion, so we can ride together and jam with poly-rhythms.

    Feel free to contact us/me, we will Jam for your cause!

  4. Chainsaw April 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Scott or anyone else is more than welcome to post on our messageboard
    http://www.forum.freakbikenation.com/phpBB3/
    Scott, we do have a FreakBike Militia (chapter) in the Boston area but I’m not sure if they are still active as a group, but I’m sure there are a few who would be interested in talking to you.
    You will have to become a member to post, but it’s well worth it if you’re interested in our style of bikes and the various rides that take place. We are a world wide group with connections to other similar bike groups. Our group has both “adult only” rides as well as family oriented events and rides. Any and all bikes are allowed to join in on our rides, but we are primarily a custom bike group. Most all of our bikes are fully functionable and are ridden quite often. All age groups are welcome but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  5. Vintage Bicyles March 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    There are some really cool bikes in there, we have a local not for profit here in the UK that makes some strange bikes. http://www.cyclemagic.org.uk They left a few arpund my city for a launch and it made quite a stir.