Bruce Weber on bicycling, mortality and Life Is a Wheel

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Credit: Marcus Yam
Bruce Weber's memoir Life Is a Wheel chronicles his journey across the country and out of middle age.
As an obituary writer, Bruce Weber confronts mortality more than most. So he decided to bid farewell to middle age by taking a cross-country bike trip which he used to reflect on aging and mortality in his memoir: Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Trip Across America. In advance of Weber's reading at the Tattered Cover Colfax on Tuesday, March 25, Westword spoke with him about his adventures and his thoughts on mortality.

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Photo preview: Bike Art opens tonight at the Dairy Center for the Arts

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Nicole Finger, The Challenge.
Boulderites -- especially those in the city's close-knit pro-cycling community -- take bikes seriously. So it goes without saying that the annual Bike Art exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts is a big draw. The national show of more than 100 works in a variety of mediums is so popular, in fact, that for this second year, the Dairy is spreading out the opening reception over two days -- from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow.

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Bicycle art rides into Denver International Airport

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courtesy of Denver International Airport
Designed by Kristen Stransky Mallinger and Audry Seiler to represent Steamboat Springs
Even as the third annual US Pro Challenge takes off from Aspen today, a bicycle-art show is taking off a Denver International Airport. Using bicycles, artists have created representation of all the cities involved in the US Pro Challenge: Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Vail, Loveland, Fort Collins and Denver, where the race will end.

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- Best Public Art at DIA: "Mustang," by Luis Jiménez
- The USA Pro Cycling Challenge ushers in second year of bike art installation
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Photos: The Denver Cruisers' Glow ride lights up downtown

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The Denver Cruisers lit up the city with their "Glow"-themed ride on Wednesday night, and Westword photographer Kyle Huninghake was there to captured all of the riders in full color. For more photos from the night, check out our Denver Cruisers' Glow Ride slide show.

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Photos: The Denver Cruisers pop some tags on their thrift-store-themed ride

Categories: Bicycling, Photos

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The Denver Cruisers were poppin' some tags Wednesday night as they rolled through the city sporting their best thrift-store fashions. No two bikers looked the same, and Westword photographer Kyle Huninghake was there to capture all of the sexy (and some not so sexy) outfits. For more photos from the Denver Cruisers' ride, check out the Denver Cruisers: Thrift Store Fashion Show slide show.

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Photos: The Denver Cruisers don their best Bible belts...and panties

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The Denver Cruisers did not hide in shame as they rode around the city with the theme "Bible Belt and Panties" on Wednesday night. Westword photographer Kyle Huninghake was there to capture the sinners and saints in all their glory. For more photos of the Cruisers' ride, check out the full Denver Cruisers: Bible Belt and Panties slide show.

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Ten places to ride your bike this summer

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Brandon Marshall
A scene from last year's Tour de Fat.
The wheels are always turning in Denver, which just won the REI Cycling Town Showdown as the country's bike-friendliest city. Denver not only has great places to ride your bike, it also has great places to ride your bike to. Here are ten of our favorites for this summer.

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- Photos: Top ten suggestions to make Denver a better bike city
- Denver Cruiser Ride: City officially proclaims Wednesdays "Bike Night in Denver"


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From Berkeley to Brazil on a bike -- with a quick detour to Denver this week!

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Mestre Acordeon on a (shorter) bike ride.
Mestre Acordeon brought capoeria, an Afro-Brazilion form of martial arts, to America from Brazil decades ago. Starting in September, three days after his seventieth birthday, he'll undertake a journey to spread capoeria around the world, on a year-long, 14,000-mile bike ride from Berkeley, California to Bahia, Brazil that's been dubbed B2B. But before he starts that ride, Mestre Acordeon (who also goes by Ubirajara Almeida) is coming to Denver to kick off his crusade. The action starts tonight with the Denver Cruisers; Mestre Acordean joins the festivities tomorrow.

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Photos: The Denver Cruisers go under the sea

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The Denver Cruisers might look like fish out of water, but these bikers defiantly swam around Denver on Wednesday night for their second ride this season. Continue reading for a few highlights from the night, and visit our slide show for more photos of the Denver Cruisers: Under the Sea ride.

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Learning to ride my bicycle again -- and not in a metaphorical way

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Much like Pee Wee in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, I wondered: Would I ever ride my bike again?
Nothing has been the same since the accident. Okay, that's not true -- I've just always wanted to start a piece that way. But really, after a car accident in February 2012 that followed a disappointing faux-tryst with Demetri Martin put me out of commission, my world -- which revolved around a fifteen-hour a week manic workout obsession -- fell apart. No more yoga, no more boxing, no more riding my bicycle.

I don't know how it is for other addicts, but while I've enjoyed exercise most of my life, the desire went into overdrive when I quit drinking. I did hot yoga to fucking live, man. I own an almost complete line of Nike shirts that say weird shit like "Every Damn Day" and "Girls Score More" that I wear to the gym every day (items of clothing that definitely make my boyfriend question ouer relationship on a daily basis.) I love working out.

After a shoulder injury kicked me out of my fitness orbit, I suffered a profound disconnection with my bicycle. But fifteen months later, we're back together -- and I'm trying to figure out how to be the commuting cyclist I once was, without being overwhelmed by the idea that it has been so damn long since I rode thirty miles in a day.

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