Bikes, Trikes, and Quadcycles Seen at the Tour de Fat

While the decorated bicycles in this year’s Tour de Fat parade were my favorites, I was amazed at the wide variety of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles that rolled past us. There were thousands of road and mountain bikes, but there were plenty of other kinds of vehicles as well.

Two-wheeled bikes came in every size. There were tall and small ones, and even old-fashioned big-wheeled pennyfarthings.

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I don’t know how this guy stayed upright. The parade slowed to a stop many times which must have been a challenge for many of those riding unusual bikes.
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Winner of the most extreme rider-to-bike ratio.
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There were quite a few pennyfarthings, but my favorites had riders in period costume.

Some of the bikes had more than two wheels. There were three-wheeled recumbents and a four-wheeled stretch limo version of a bike as well.

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Three-wheeled recumbent bikes. (Can you call it a bike if it has three wheels?)
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This extra-long stretch bike has four wheels.

There was also one bike that looked like a modified Big Wheel from childhood which made me laugh.

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Super Scooby on the Green Machine. 

And there were the rebels who showed up with wheels, but not on a bike at all.

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It’s man-powered and has wheels, so I guess it counts.
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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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