Any interest in a Flock-style ride on a Sunday?

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dbacklover
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Yeah the first couple of rides I went on I felt bad for making people wait but I kept hearing over and over again that it was cool and the people on the flock rides are the greatest.


Noah Mustion
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don’t feel bad. that’s the point of flock. if we wanted to be incosiderate we’d just go to critical mass.


StuInMcCandless
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For anyone who came in late, here’s a recap of Flock of Cycles history:

* The thread where the idea came from (and six posts down, netviln came up with the name)

* The thread where we self-critiqued and essentially said “Hey, that was great!”

* My blog on that first ride

* robjdlc’s photos of that first ride

I got a flash of awesome just going back and re-reading it all! What’s especially cool is that the message board is what allowed us to put it all together!


boostuv
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I will def. be down for one of these. Seems like a great way to learn some routes and meet some people. Doubt I’ll be able to make it out in Jan. because of school and starting my new job, but come Feb. when thing settle down Im sure I will. Now to just get some cold weather riding gear…


cburch
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If you are in Oakland be sure to check out iron city bikes. They are on bouquet st and joncarre st just south of Forbes. Bob is a grat guy and they are a solid shop.


Nick D
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Did this ride happen?


RickyTickyTac
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Isn’t it supposed to be on the second of January?


ejwme
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2nd of January was what I was thinking, just because it’s sooner rather than later.

I still have no course in mind, but I think I’ll PM wayfinder, I liked his talk earlier in the thread.

nobody’s posted a time yet… How’s about 1PM at Dippy? Perhaps we could end somewhere nearby for libations and victuals?

No drop, follow laws, roll past conflict, have fun, lights needed, helmets encouraged, easy pace, inclusive, supportive, exploring, fun. These are Flockish attributes.


Marko82
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I hope I don’t need my lights at 1PM, or is this an “old Pittsburgh” ride?


ejwme
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well, the lights thing was one of Nick’s rules for being a flock ride, but the other flocks take place at least partly at night. I always ride with lights, but I certainly won’t stop anybody from playing any reindeer games for lack of shiny red noses.

I don’t know what an “old Pittsburgh” ride is?


Marko82
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cburch
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if the ride isnt at night, lights arent needed. the lights thing isnt nick’s rule. its state law.


Erica
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So I’m going on this and the REI one.

I’m way out of shape, worse than usual from the holidays, and I need some extra exercise.


Nick D
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“if the ride isnt at night, lights arent needed. the lights thing isnt nick’s rule. its state law.”

Correct. Even if it is a daylight ride, I always mention the light law because they often end much later than normal.

Every street riding cyclist should have lights anyhow.


Erica
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I usually carry mine, simply because you never really know if it will be dark when you head home.


dwillen
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If it starts raining or snowing, you’ll be glad you have lights, even if it is in the middle of the day.


ejwme
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Ok, in lieu of other ideas and upon thinking about the ride type and time of year, I figured it’d be nice to visit a lot of the new cycling-supportive infrastructure that was put in place during 2010. So I’m putting together a route that will include some of the new sharrows and lanes (S. dallas, wilkins, Highland, Forbes), some “new” real estate (Bakery Square, new BPGH office), some of the hot topics (new permissions to ride in Allegheny cemetary, Great Eastern Passage), new trail (that one north of the Allegheny), etc.

I figure if I stick to that, I won’t encounter truly obnoxious uphill segments, truly scary traffic conditions, or otherwise beginner-off-putting attributes. The general Flockitude should smoothe out the rough edges of anything else.

It is very Eastern-centric, something I don’t like, but it’s a start. I’ll work on maybe a south-centric, west-centric, and north-centric rides that are beginner friendly, maybe in following months. Any and all help/input is both welcomed and encouraged.

I may try to bike it (or at least the portions that are fuzzier in my memory) either this afternoon or tomorrow morning, if anybody’s interested in a trial run, PM me.

I’ll roll rain or shine.


Kayla
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Is this ride going to be this Sunday? If so, around what time?


StuInMcCandless
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Someone said 1pm Sunday at Dippy. Works for me!

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