Since we left the flatlands, the stops have come fast and furious on the Levi’s Bike Shop's road West. It’s been an adventure for sure.
Boulder was the first stop in our Western expansion. It's incredible how you can drive for an eternity along the flattest route imaginable and then all of a sudden a vertical wall greets you at the Great Divide. We were ready to cross over and climbed into Rocky Mountain territory.
Boulder natives take their bicycles seriously, and we saw some rugged sets of wheels at the shop that day. We recruited local bike advocates Bikes Belong and Boulder B-Cycle to join the party, and the rowdy Cruiser Ride came through all aglow as night befell the Shop's set-up off Pearl St.
Night biking in Boulder is a sight to behold. Almost everyone in town seems to have a headlamp handy for night rides on the mountain trails. They also bring the mobile party en masse, which was great because we had cause to celebrate—it was Capricia's birthday.
Visiting Nebraska was a first for everyone on the Levi's Bike Shop Tour, and we didn't really know what to expect other than corn and casinos—which are both plentiful. But in Omaha, people are starting to get pretty psyched on bikes, too.
We like how these hanging pods from Mudpuppy make it look like your airplants are tiny aliens, slowly lowering themselves down from the ceiling to suck out your brain while you sleep. Sweet dreams!
The people at Panda Bicycles in Fort Collins say that they don't sell bikes, they grow them. These environmentally conscious bikes are made primarily out of bamboo, which is a fast-growing, renewable resource.
Made you laugh, didn't I? Denver's TitMouse Magazine highlights the best creative and artistic minds of the area.—Kyle
Ditch your plain black Moleskine for a younger, more beautiful model: The Moleskine Artist Marketplace is a place for artists to design and sell their customized carved, painted, embroidered and silkscreened Moleskine notebooks.
The result of a last-minute submission to her university's recycled fashion show, designer Frances Willis' "upcycled" line Effie by Frances is as fashion-conscious as it is eco-conscious. With the help of local artisans, Willis [pictured top] transforms pre-loved men's Oxford shirts into a collection of one-of-a-kind feminine dresses and accessories.—Kyle
Elza Jensen is an artist and designer who has fused his love for the two into what he calls "art-wear." With his roots in Colorado, but much of his informal education coming from his time spent in California, Jensen pulls from a wide spectrum for inspiration. What results are pieces that are a bit early underground punk meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. Check out his work, which is available through our friends at Fashion Denver. -Kyle
Behind the piano since she was five-years-old, Leslie Brown has since developed a repertoire of talent and inspiration well beyond her classical training. Her silky jazz vocals and groove beats can be found on her debut EP, Disarmed and Dangerous. Visit her website for a free download and information about her upcoming performance at Mercury Cafe.—Kyle
African Apparel isn't your run-of-the-mill charity t-shirt line. Creators Ryan Findley and brothers Ryan and Andy Holdeman sought to create something that would assist in Africa's pursuit of self-sufficiency. In addition to awarding proceeds to local community efforts, the t-shirts are outsourced straight from Africa, thus creating steady income for countless individuals. -Kyle
Formed out of a bittersweet breakup with a former bandmate, Février, a.k.a. Connor Etges, creates lo-fi electronic music that, in a few short minutes, seems to take listeners on an out-of-body experience. His current EP White Hills is available now, with his follow-up Empress debuting in February.—Kyle
"I'm a fairy moonlighting as a dancer, photographer, art historian and lover,"says Colorado-based photographer Heather Gray– and it's that background in dance that adds movement to something of a still art. In her porftolio, nestled nicely between family portraits and wedding albums, is evidence of a photographer with a little something extra. -Kyle
A year after its conception, Astroland has become the local go-to venue for the underground art scene. Tucked away in an inconspicuous North Boulder warehouse, the DIY space offers an outlet for creatives of all types—particularly pulling local bands out of house parties and onto a proper stage.—Kyle