Bike porn fest pedals into Chicago

  • The Bike Smut film festival kicks of Saturday at 8 p.m. in Bridgeport.
The Bike Smut film festival kicks of Saturday at 8 p.m. in Bridgeport. (handout )
September 26, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Chicago loves its bikes, and a group of filmmakers pedaling into town are making that relationship pornographic.

The Bike Smut 7: The Porny Express -- a bike-centric erotic film festival -- kicks off Saturday at The Co Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan. It’s the 14th national stop for the national tour that kicked off in Portland, Ore., and features adult films from around the country that -- in one way or another -- combine sex and cycling.

"The whole idea is that porn can be good," said Dave Fried, 33, of Logan Square. "It doesn’t have to be sleazy, cliche and disgusting."

Fried, who has a film among about a dozen others in the fest, also organized the Chicago stop for the tour. He said the idea is to make interesting porn movies that touch on things that aren’t normally the subject of erotic films. In the case of Bike Smut, it’s biking.

“It’s a chance to watch porno with a mixed crowd and see something that hasn’t been seen before, hasn’t been done before,” he said.

What’s in store for the 7th annual fest? In the case of Fried’s film, "Bike Bondage," a stranded cyclist with a flat walks into a repair shop. The mechanic fixes his bike, but also ties the patron up with bike tubes and proceeds to shave the “shaggy” cyclist from head-to-toe. It’s one of several films Fried has made for a website he operates that focuses specifically on hair-cut fetishists.

“My film is the only one with a trigger warning,” he said, adding that the hair cutting is portrayed as less than consensual, thus requiring a special warning before the film. Though he said his films include no nudity or sex, many of the other films -- which average about five minutes -- will be explicit.

This is the first year, Fried said, the fest has traveled the country predominantly by bike as they dot the country.

Doors for the show open at 8 p.m., with a $5 to $10 suggested donation.  More infomation about the fest can be found at http://www.bikesmut.com/about-us/. Click at your own risk. Some of the site is NSFW.

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