Beer, bars and bicycles


Posted Sat, Sep 22, 2012

BIKER BOYZ: Costume cyclist take to the Mile-High City streets every Wednesday night. (Photo by Alex Pringle)

DENVER — Love or it or hate it, the season is almost over.

The Denver Cruisers season that is.

Every Wednesday thousands of adults dress up in a predetermined theme and mount their bicycles and ride through the streets of Denver.

With over 20 weeks this summer, and 20 different themes, they have added a colorful nature to Wednesday nights and have slowly evolved into a larger gather with food trucks and DJs playing music.

Every week there are amazingly complex costumes, bikes dressed up and sounds. There is a new theme, like “Ship o’ Fools: Pirates, Sea Men & Nymphs” and “End of the World: Vices & Virtues.” Mary Eilenfeldt, a Denver Cruisers patron expressed much delight in the event. Dresses in her own pirate garb she said that “Bubble Wrap, Duct Tape & Cardboard” was her favorite. “It does not require preparation”

Sometimes the complexity of each costume gets close to the ridiculous for a conventional party, let alone riding a bicycle. Justin Dotson had so much weight on his bicycle that the kickstand could not keep it up. He kept swinging his blowup reaper and yelling, “Yarr!” Having a bubbling attitude he confessed that, “It is about the beer and bikes.”

It is not all fun and games though. In a short amount of time there were many people wrecking their bicycles and falling over. Some people were simple just having too much a of a good time. And what is more is it is possible to get in serious trouble from drinking and riding you bike. It is possible to get a DUI for riding you bicycle drunk. Colorado’s DUI statute, C.R.S. § 42-4-1301 states that any vehicle, bicycles included operator can receive a DUI for driving under the influence.

With one more week left in the 2012 season, it might be time to find yourself pumping up your tires, and grabbing you winter gear for next week’s theme of Winter Olympics. Please obey all traffic laws and have the ability to see the unique Denver phenomenon, and you may even see some riding a bike with skis on…


The Denver Cruisers Charter

1. Thou shall have fun on the Denver Cruiser Ride. And so it is written. This ride is about FUN. There are no agendas here. No slogans (except “Happy Hump Day!”’) that we adhere to. Come out and put a smile on your face and spread joy on a summer’s Wednesday night.

“YO HO!”: Dressed in pirate garb, Cruiser Justin Dotson gives a hearty, “Yarrrr!” (Photo by Alex Pringle)


2. Thou shalt not make excuses for weather. We ride rain or shine, end of story. As much as we’d like to imagine that we can control the weather, we leave that up to the weather Goddess. So whatever the weather, there will be a ride on Wednesday nights! Last year, on a night filled with tornado watches and pouring rain, we still had brave souls on the ride that didn’t give a rat’s ass about the weather and rode anyway. Don’t miss it! These have always been some of the funnest nights … and what, are you gonna melt, sugar pie?


3. Thou shalt not run red lights. Sure it seems stupid to wait at a light in Downtown when there are no cars coming, but think of this as time to socialize or break into an impromptu dance party until the light changes to green. We guarantee this is more fun than being marked like Cain for being stupid idiot.

AFTER DARK: Denver Crusiers starts around 8 p.m. (Photos by Alex Pringle)


4. Blessed be the Hump Day. There are other days you shall labor and do all your work, but the blessed day – Hump Day – is the day of the Cruiser Ride. In it you shall do naught but put on ridiculous costumes and ride thy bicycle. And so it is written. Keep it holy.


5. Honor the Denver Municipal Bicycle Code. Yes, honor your father and your mother, too, but the high holyness that is the Denver Municipal Bicycle Code must receive the respect and honor it deserves so that that your days may be long upon the land. Yes, this means you. What we are saying, in as plain of terms as the jiberish in the fine books of the lord: Don’t break the laws or else your peers will rain down something a helluva lot worse than fire and brimstone on you.


6. Thou shall not over-embibe. If you CHOOSE to drink, for the love of god, just do it responsibly. Yes, there are rules, laws and limits. But the basic reality is we don’t want to, nor are we going to be, your mommy. No, really. And, as explained in Commandment 5 above, obeying the already rules in place in the City of Denver is a key component – and as much as you’d like to believe that you are above the laws of our brethren, open-container laws exist and you are not exempt just because you’re atop a sweet cruiser bicycle. You know your limits – just be “smart” and we won’t have any problems. Again, we don’t wanna see you be smitten.


7. Thou Shall Not Be Unsafe. You are riding at your own risk, and the Denver Cruiser Ride is not yo’momma. In other words, we’re not liable if you decide to act like a doofus and end up getting hurt. If you can’t behave, stay home. Can’t say it any clearer than this: the Denver Cruiser Ride, and anyone associated with the ride, assumes no liability for your behavior, the results of that behavior, or your safety. You ride at your own risk. So bless thy bike and join in, just don’t be a jackass. Click here for all the legal mumbo jumbo that describes your liability <here>


THE GATHERING: At Civic Center Park Denver Cruisers ride in circles and display their costumes. (Photo by Alex Pringle)

8. Thou shall not litter. Litterers are worse than Judas. Seriously, don’t stab your city in the back. We’re all adults, and we clean up after ourselves. Leave no trace means we leave everything in better condition than when we found it. Ignore this rule and you will be publicly ridiculed until you want to hide in a cave for three days. Your call.


9. Thy opponent with the most lug nuts wins. An easy measurement to gauge what user has the “right of way” on the road, all you have to do is count the lug nuts on their rig…in other words, get the &$%@ out of the way for automobiles, trucks and buses. This ain’t a David and Goliath situation and we don’t want to be forced to scrape you off the street because you don’t have the good sense the lord gave you to get off your high seat. Set an example for other riders by being a good rider.


10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s bicycle or significant other. Keep yer hands off what isn’t yours. There are sweet rides everywhere. Use them to inspire your creativity. Don’t poach or steal and please be respectful of each other. If you want drama, watch TV. We’ve seen it aplenty, and you should treat the Denver Cruiser Ride as your mistress, and quit trying to %&#@  everyone on the ride. The jr. high school behavior is seriously getting tiresome. As the good book says, treat others as you’d like others to treat you. It’s pretty basic stuff people. Denver Cruisers




About Alexander Pringle

I am a former student of biology and threw many events and concessions in life I am a student of photojournalism, and a student with the Center of Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have been very creating in my learning and a wide spectrum of studies has made me well versed in many different areas of study and of ideas. I continue to see many different ways to further pursue many different feats and journeys. With graduation around the corner, I hope to find new and great ways lean during my undergraduate. Having been in the Army, I know that with 2 degree and my military experience, I will go very far and be a very strong client.

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4 Responses to “Beer, bars and bicycles”

  1. Spencer Hunt Says:

    Great article, I know a lot of my friends do it every wednesday but I didnt know much about it. Now I know!


  2. Ashley King Says:

    I liked this article. It was blanced showing the good and bad sides of this.


  3. Antoinette Says:

    Great Article and the pictures rocked lol


  4. Scott Corbridge Says:

    Didn’t even know about the event and what goes on, nice details and pictures.


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