B.I.K.E. | Chicago Reader


Video makers Jacob Septimus and Anthony Howard were granted rare access to the Brooklyn chapter of the Black Label Bike Club, a hard-core subdivison of the Critical Mass crowd that practices zero waste (its Sunday brunches are assembled from Dumpster food) and periodically stages jousting matches on “tall bikes” (one frame welded atop another). This 2005 documentary's hipster credentials are unassailable, but unlike any cyclist it fails to find a center of gravity, bouncing around from the club's antipetroleum politics to its sporting events to a story arc in which the volatile Howard (whose roles as director and subject are never reconciled) slides into heroin addiction as he tries to join the exclusive group. 89 min.


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