Tour de Fat Comes to Chicago

On Saturday, I went to New Belgium’s Tour de Fat festival during its one-day stop in Chicago. For those who are not familiar with the Tour, it’s basically a gloriously goofy celebration of bike culture and craft beer. It also raises money for bike non-profits local to each city – the highly deserving West Town Bikes for Chicago.

My festival story must begin with this sneaker bike. Yup, sneaker bike, a beautifully grotesque creature. Too much fun, right? Yeah, because after doing one lap around the ring, I wiped out spectacularly (kinda like that guy in the background). Totally worth it.

That was after Megan and I tried and failed to ride an extremely odd tandem – if you could even call it that.

I wasn’t the only one checking out the franken-bikes. Ash and Rico also took their turns.

Later at the main stage, there was a slow bike race. As in, whoever gets to the finish line last without stopping wins.  I think Coco and I could have been real contenders, but she was too lazy to try.

Apparently, she has nothing to prove. Instead we drank beer served to us by Stephanie (thanks!).

Jami twisted amazing balloon creations (not as deviously as she looks in this photo).

And others wore them very chicly.

Mr. Dottie posed for a rare photo.

Finally, a group of us headed to nearby Lula Cafe for lunch and drinks, which was the perfect way to end a hot day.

The Tour de Fat is always lots of fun, plus it’s an unusual and inexpensive way to spend the day outdoors while benefiting deserving non-profits. Highly recommended!

I plan to be there again next year, just like I was last year and the year before.

Check to see if the Tour de Fat is coming to your area. If so, you should put it on your calendar!

Stay tuned for Trisha’s story of the Nashville Tour de Fat next week!

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7 thoughts on “Tour de Fat Comes to Chicago

  1. David from Madison says:

    Oh wow, you’re so lucky! So awesome Dottie that you did that, as a lover of craft beer I’m jealous.
    But, great story post! You totally have the pictures along with the narrative, to make one feel like they are right there!!

  2. anniebikes says:

    A sneaker bike – how hysterical! I was laughing out loud while looking at that photo. What a crazy looking-gotta-try-that type of bicycle. I would be right there standing in line with you at those events plus in the beer tent line also. I love microbrews.

  3. I love Fat Tire beer! If it has reached Chicago, soon it will be in Grand Rapids. Yeah!

  4. Simply Bike says:

    How fun! That sneakers bike is awesome, it would be so fun to try but it looks like it would be really hard to ride. Kudos to you for giving it a go and in a dress at that :)


  5. G.E. says:

    One can’t help but smile just seeing the photos of your adventure!

    As an added bonus, I’m lucky enough that it is in our area twice (Ft Collins and Denver)… of course, it’s a local brew for us too. :o)

  6. looks like you had a lot of fun. i always love going to tour de fat. do you recall the band that played? i remember last year we had a strange orchestra play for us, it was the most unusual music and band structure but extremely delightful! i have yet to try the bikes, maybe this year i will.

  7. Alison says:

    SO jealous! We enjoyed the Tour immensely last summer when it came to Portland, Oregon. Imagine our disappointment when we found out they were skipping us this year. Apparently, the bike culture in our hometown is so well developed that they don’t need to visit us anymore. Sadness…

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