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B.I.K.E. (2005)






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A filmmaker's quest to join an outlaw bicycle club morphs into a more intimate study of rebellion, drug addiction, underground sub-cultures, and the curious way in which we sometimes become precisely what we despise most. Directors Anthony Howard and Jacob Septimus' film began as an exploration of the militant, anti-corporate bike protests that gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but along the way the filmmakers discovered a subculture within that subculture - a group of New York City tall-bike gangs who bonded like family, and frequently took to the streets in ritualistic jousting sessions. Somewhere beneath the compound fractures, cracked skulls, and cracked necks that go along with such dangerous endeavors, the filmmakers began to recognize the contradictions of die-hard individualists struggling to establish a group identity. But in order to truly understand what the Black Label Bicycle Club is truly all about, co-director Howard had to become part of the group. In the process of trying to accomplish that goal, a longstanding feud between the leader of the Black Label Bicycle Club and an ambitious rival came to a head, Howard's junkie girlfriend abandoned him, and a secret project that seemed to go against everything the Black Label Bicycle Club stood for prompted both the filmmakers, as well as some club members, to ponder the authenticity of their rebellion.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
Voyvak Films

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This was an interesting look into "extreme" counter culture in the form of bike gangs. These outcasts in the Black Label Bicycle Club are living life to the extreme choosing not to take part in America's culture of consumerism and rebelling on their bicycles. I really liked the contrast when the film moves to Minneapolis and contrast the group their versus the New York crowd. Also the hierarchy that develops in the club was interesting, that order develops no matter what social class you may be watching. Overall a very interesting look into the other side of bike culture with outcasts brought together through their love of bicycle. An extreme contrast to your stereotypical image of the Lycra-clad Tour de France riders.

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