Traditionally, the month of May has been recognized as Salt Lake City’s Bicycle Month. In the past, the city has held all sorts of cycling-related events to celebrate. Last year there was the Mayor’s Bike Bonanza––a festival at the Gallivan Center promoting cycling downtown and local bicycle dealers. The Commuter Challenge spanned throughout the entire month to encourage people to ride their bicycles to work and on other daily commutes. This year promises a bike month with festivities that go above and beyond what has been done in the past. Of everything planned, one event clearly illustrates the community aspect of those who love cycling in Salt Lake City and, subsequently, captures the spirit of the entire month. Mixing art and cycling of all kinds is Salt Lake’s first ever bicycle art show: The Salt Lake City Bicycle Company and SaltCycle.com’s Gallery Roll.
Zed Bailey, creator, moderator and driving force of SaltCycle.com came up with the idea for the bicycle and cycling themed art show along with Brent Hulme, who owns The Salt Lake City Bicycle Co. downtown. “I felt we needed a gallery to represent the cycling culture in Salt Lake City,” Bailey said, “I thought that the Salt Lake City Bicycle Co. might be a good place to do it, because when you go into their shop, they sell all kinds of bicycles—not just one kind.” Bailey feels that Hulme’s bike shop caters to the bicycle community as a whole instead of just a niche or two.
One step into Hulme’s bicycle shop and it’s easy to see why this particular shop might be the perfect place for an art show. “Our store is a Trek Concept Store and a good amount of the 70 or so Trek Concept Stores around the nation are set up in strip malls,” Hulme said, “I wanted the store to be downtown and when I found this cool 100-year-old building, I told the Trek guys ‘You’ve got to see this building!’” Hulme got what he wanted. His bike store, just shy of a year old now, is in a historic building, outfitted with giant windows on the east and south sides that let in natural light all day, making it the perfect place for an art gallery. It wasn’t on accident that he was attracted to the building. “Two things I really like in life are bikes and art,” said Hulme. “We’re not prepared to become a full-time art gallery but I like the idea of selling prints and being able to someday promote local artists more.”