And… We’re Doing it Again!

Another Interbike in Vegas, another Bike Scribble to raffle off to a lucky attendee!  Theme and details to follow…

Where: End of aisle 30,000 – Urban Lounge/Pub

This year’s title:  “Strip Gear”

Size: 4′ x 4′ – easier to pack!  (we’ll work out the shipping)

Raffle tix: $5 – get a sticker  – $10 get a Bike Scribble poster!

Benefits: 100% of proceeds to Kids on Bikes and 1,000 Bikes for Kids

Why:  Because every childhood should have a bike in it!

And for you pragmatists out there: A child who grows up riding a bike is more likely to BUY a bike when they grow up.

Come on down to the Urban Lounge and show us the love!  Thank you!

“Vegas or Bust” on display in the winner’s shop – Bicycle Ranch of Scottsdale AZ

Winners Terri and Markus Zimmer, owners of Bicycle Ranch

It wouldn’t be Vegas without Rick Vosper’s cheesecake shot.

Scribbling To Vegas!

Bike Scribbling LIVE at Interbike!

Last year this Bikechik went to Interbike to see what she could see.  Darn near made my head spin clean off!  There, primarily, in a journalistic capacity I was a total NEWB, an Interbike virgin!  By the time I’d gotten the lay of the land it was time to go home.  Well this year I am returning a veteran (maybe that’s over-stating).  I’m armed and dangerous and bringing the Bike Scribbles along for the ride!  I’ll be painting a Bike Scribble on canvas LIVE in the Urban Legend Lounge (they’ll have beer there!) and raffling it off to benefit Kids on Bikes, Bikes For Kids Foundation and 1,000 Bikes Foundation.  Raffle tix are two bucks ($2.00 US) each.

Every $200 donated provides a deserving child with a bike, helmet, lock and school based curriculum including bike safety education.

You’ll even get a sticker like this for your trouble:

Such a deal!

Please click on links to learn more about these wonderful charities.

And please spread the word!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bike Scribbling LIVE at Interbike!
Raffle of painting to benefit charities that provide bikes to disadvantaged youth.

What: Cycling artist Kathleen King will be painting a Bike Scribble, live at Interbike.  The 6″x 5″ canvas entitled “Vegas or Bust” will interpret the Interbike experience as a Bike Scribble.  Acrylic on canvas stretched on a gallery wrap frame. Estimated value: $6,000. A sketch of the design will be displayed in the painting area.

Why: The painting will be raffled off to benefit three cycling charities that focus on providing bikes for disadvantaged youth. Raffle tickets will cost $2 each. Those who purchase raffle tickets will receive Bike Scribble stickers. Purchase as many tickets as you like!

Who: www.kidsonbikes.net Colorado; www.bikesforkidsfoundation.org California; http://1000bikes.org LA, NYC, Boston, Las Vegas

Where: Interbike, show floor, Sands convention center  – The Urban Legend Lounge will have coffee in the AM, full bar in the PM, free wifi, and bikes and commuter gear on display. Grab a coffee and a colleague to do some business, or enjoy a beer during the 3rd annual Urban Legend Fashion Show. The Fashion show will be held twice this year; Wed and Thurs at 3:30pm – be there!

When: All five days of Interbike – September 20 – 24. Winner will be chosen at noon on Friday the 24th.

Ultimate Why:  Because every childhood should have a bicycle in it.

Bike Scribbles on display in Morro Bay

Join us for a party…!

Bike Scribbles
and other works on canvas
by
Kathleen King

Artist’s Reception 6 pm to 8 pm Thursday May 27th 2010

@ Top Dog Coffee Bar
857 Main Street
Morro Bay CA
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805•772•9225
310•663•2561

The good folks at Top Dog Coffee Bar have graciously allowed me to adorn their walls for the next month. There are Scribbles of all types and my abstract seascapes as well. Please join us on Thursday evening for Top Dog’s famed munchies, signature roasted coffee and local wines. We can all howl as the full moon rises over the central coast. You’ll find us in the middle of Main Street in Morro Bay.

You can also find @Topdogcoffeebar and me: @bikechik on Twitter

2010 is Dancing on the Pedals from the Starting Line

In the fall of 2009 my road led back to the Central Coast of California and the little town of Atascadero.

I was met by it’s wonderful inhabitants and some of the best cycling terrain I’ve ever had the pleasure to explore.

With breathtaking scenery on all sides that often had me whispering to myself “I’m soooo lucky!” I set about to regain some of the fitness I’d lost between Interbike and Thanksgiving.

I asked the locals where the main bike shop was and they pointed me in the direction of Kman Cycle and Run. My aging “Fiery Steed” was already having saddle slipping issues. Also, Kman’s sister website Team Kman (@teamkman) provided me with a comprehensive list of trail maps incuding mileages that I went to right away to plan my training routes. It was a great way to get acquainted with the area.

My friend Martha VanInwegen (@marthvan) lives in Atascadero and, knowing me, also mentioned that Kman’s had a BIG BLANK WALL that might be hungry for a Bike Scribble! Hmmm, do tell!

(photo courtesy of Todd Ventura (@tventura)

Well, I’m a muralist at rock bottom so while I may love to paint on canvas and draw on paper, I pretty much want to put everything I do on a big wall in the open air. Ever since I painted the first Bike Scribble on canvas I wanted to see it on a bike shop wall.

To my surprise, when I met with the owner Keith “KMan” Schmidt and his wife Robyn, they were smitten with the concept straight away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a project come together more quickly.

Keith “Kman” Schmidt

I chose my colors from the landscape of vineyards, olive orchards, lakes and lavender sunsets.



We met the first week in December and by January 8th the Scribbles were spinning vibrantly on the two story wall and visible from Highway 101. While I wasn’t sure why I chose Atascadero for the next chapter when I arrived, now the purpose is absolutely clear.

While there were some grumblings from the city about needing sign permits and such, nothing in that regard has materialized. The City of Atascadero doesn’t really have a public art policy or process and we’re hoping, now that some redevelopment in the historic downtown area is planned, that public art will be a larger part of those plans.

With any luck this mural is the first of many. The plan is to have a whole peloton’s worth of Bike Scribbles on as many LBSs (Local Bike Shop) as will have them, promoting the joy of cycling through public art. I’ve been talking to bike shop owners in several cities across the country and there is a great deal of enthusiasm for the energetic designs.

In between the brush strokes I’ve put in some delightful miles over the rolling hills from Atascadero north through Templeton to Paso Robles and west to Morro Bay. There are wineries and wildlife in every direction. The cycling community here is serious, dedicated, warm, wonderful and completely wacko in love with their region. I don’t blame them. It’s gorgeous here and I’ve made some great friends.

The Central Coast is Cycling Heaven.
On to the next Bike Scribble!

“@bikechik Thanks for sharing your great passion, inspired by riding through vineyards, indeed, almost a surfeit.” -@RandallGrahm President, Bonny Doon Vineyard