Exciting Things Brewing in 2016

cycling art print

Last Saturday, after a fun, sunny, late January ride on the Ridgeline trail in the Tortolita Mountains (this is Tucson after all), Rudi and I had the pleasure of stopping by Catalina Brewing Company and visiting with Hank and Brian. The brewery is not open yet, but they plan to open later in February, i.e. this month. What a great place! Cyclists are going to love the decor, the atmosphere, and the brew. Hank and Brian have gone to great lengths for you to discover cycling items everywhere you look, e.g. the epoxied counter with all sorts of bike parts entombed within, shelves supported by cut bike rims, a bike route sign, and so much more. What more could a cycling enthusiast ask for? Beer. Glorious beer.

Bike stuff all around + Beer = Fun.

Part of our excitement, at Rudi Cycling Art, is that Hank and Brian want Rudi’s images to be a significant part of what they are hanging on the walls at Catalina Brewing Company. What a great gesture by Hank and Brian. With the allure of empty walls, we’ve been off making our plans and hoping to break some new ground along the way. This is an opportunity to show Rudi’s work, up close and personal, to a larger audience. I’ve always thought that when you are seeing an image on the internet, that it’s difficult to imagine what it would look like framed and on your wall. But if you see it at a street fair (or maybe a brewery), there’s a better connection. The Brewery will also act as a place we can experiment and learn, so that we can offer all of you more items on our Rudi Cycling Art site.

So if you wish, keep some tabs on Catalina Brewing Company to find out when they are opening or having events. All you Facers can look them up by name on Facebook. And start to think about an old friend you don’t see much anymore and how you can entice them to come have a beer with you at this neat, new place.

A Fat Bike Sunrise

Fat Bike Sunrise

This recent work captures an early morning sunrise while riding a fat bike in Tucson’s Rillito River – which is dry most of the year. As are many of the “waterways” around Tucson.

I had the chance to borrow a “Fatback” bike for an extended period of time and my main word for the fat bike experience is FUN. A whole new world opens up with this type of bike. I felt like a young desert rat kid again – roaming the washes and dry river beds. Not only roaming, but having that feeling of exploration and freedom. Contours and vegetation vary widely in ways you never imagined while the miles pass. At one time almost barren and later almost too full of bushes and trees to find a way through. Follow the water; find the sand. Let your instincts show you the way.

I was so drawn in, that I never really fully thought about all of the things that it was freeing me from: traffic lights, cars, noise, straight lines, paved roads, trails to be followed, defined routes, routines, schedules, and time itself. Suddenly this ride was not about a route. Not about riding fast… just about riding. Riding this way. Deciding which way to turn when we got there. Not knowing how far we would go or when we would stop.




Welcome to Rudi Cycling Art.

Here it begins. A website that features paintings about cycling and a bit more.

We would like to acknowledge some wonderful friends who helped us to make this happen. People who were very generous with their time and expertise. Jeff Guerrero for his help with the rabbit logo. Jon Shouse for sharing his knowledge of printing. Stephen Witt-Thompson for helping ensure that our site is safe and secure. Dejay Birtch for ideas and his wicked promotional skills. And Michael Valenti (www.MichaelValenti.com) who has a great website and answered all of our e-commerce questions. Plus the scores of supportive friends, cyclists, art lovers, and all around good people who have voiced their support of Rudi’s work over the years.

Rudi and Jay