Any interest on a Viking Ride?
-1 for burning vehicle effigies….
Cars are not the enemy, but how they are used by those who use them. Plus… electric cars are good… and they are still cars…
I DO like burning stuff… but perhaps something else with less karma associated….
Three questions: When, how long and how do I affix a viking helmet to my bike helmet?
I just found out today (through a genetic sequencing) that I likely have some viking ancestors or both sides of the family. I wonder if that is why I often have visions of me laughing as a burn down the house of the car that has just cut me off….. or perhaps that is just normal anger issues.
I meant that electric cars are overall-better for the environment than just regular gas-guzzler cars.
Note: I’m not against cars or driving for that matter. I’m only against irresponsible drivers, and too much dependency on cars-oil, instead of developing more sustainable cities and infrastructure.
@bikeygirl Cars are not the enemy, but how they are used by those who use them.
Maybe that is true to you. I’m not sure why someone would feel that way, but I accept it.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one here who was drawn to bicycles out of an antipathy to cars.
And while the electric car is the lessor of evils, it still isn’t good.
A radio station used to have a ceremonial desctruction of a typewriter on secretaries day. They eventually switched to a PC, but I’m not sure if they still do it. That isn’t the same as calling for the abolition of typewriters, though.
I think it would be good to have the occasional event that would show that not everyone thinks our car culture would be hunky dory if only drivers all stopped at red lights, followed the speed limit, and refrained from hitting pedestrians.
I had not considered burning a car in effigy until this thread, but it does strike me as a most excellent idea.
It puzzles me. Why anyone that would shy from even harmless, symbolic burning and pillaging ever consider going on a viking ride?
I don’t think burning a car will win any hearts. I want to win hearts. Young, old, people driving, people biking, people who only take the bus and walk. We need to encourage peace, not create polarization and conflict. Even the most bike friendly cities on Earth still have cars. They’re not going away anytime soon, no matter how many you burn.
If we want to win hearts? Wait until the price of gas spikes again, THEN burn a wooden car.
Burning a car if effigy is not the same as calling for the abolition of cars.
Yea, I’m sure all those kind people burning American flags in effigy aren’t calling for the abolition of America. Oh wait.
@mick… I see what you’re saying, but THAT is the point…..
I think the spirit of this viking-idea ride is about FUN. So we can dress like vikings, sporting horned helmets & bushy beards, and having a good time with friends & family on our bikes.
Having an event that adds the burning of effigies of any-kind to make a social-cultural-environmental statement, is a whole other thing with other kind of repercusions, and that could be a different kind of event.
I’m only instigating viking-fun, and as a viking, I would rather ‘pillage’ a grocery store and ‘burn’ or grill some vegan burgers, shiskabobs & carne asada on a good fire
If you want to win harts, take an old junker paint it orange and put Cleveland Suxs across the hood. The day before the Steelers play against the Browns let people hit it with a sledge for $5 a swing.
This will subliminally reprogram people in this region to hate cars.
Burn something, not burn something, stupid comment I threw out, it’s not really important to me one way or another. I don’t want the idea to get spoiled because of my stupid comment.
Like bikey said, FUN, good vibes, happy people, that’s all.
Pittsburgh really is catching up to Portland. Hopefully I get to watch Portlandia tonight, and hopefully I find it funny.
There seems to be no interest in your viking ride. I for one have no interest in creating a viking helmet to wear before, during, and after such a ride. And seriously? Women with beards. I’ll ride my bike with a beard when Stu rides a bike in a dress.
No problem Bikelove….
I will not get ‘prosthetic’ horns for my helmet, or consider the the idea of attaching blond-braids to it. I will not search for a kid’s sword & shield to carry on my back, or will try to add some DRAGON decor to my bike….. because Vikings = Dragons too…..
NOPE, no dragons or viking gear in my future this coming march…..
And about ‘pillaging’ and burning carne-asada…. so-not serious either….
kids swords and shields? That’s a terrible idea. I think I have some from RenFest a few years back. I will not search for them.
My husband will be upset if he has to wear his kilt while riding.
I also feel that this should end in a park with mead and grills and meat (and/or veggies, for our herbivorous friends)
Burning man = hippies
Bonfire = Vikings
Burning man = hippies
Bonfire = Vikings
Vikings Kill and eat hippies
(except for hippies on bikes, vikings are friends with them)
VIKING RIDE!!! Love it! Any excuse to be a viking for a day is good enough for me. I really like the idea of ending the ride with lots of meat (and veggies) and good drink. I cook for a living and would love to help out with the food preparation. PM me with details and I am there.
I also bake for a living, was a line cook for 3 years, so I could help out with that as well.
GREAT!! That’s the spirit!!!
We need dates, an ending-location suitable for food & drink shenanigans, & how many people are interested…..
Looking at the calendar, why don’t we shoot for MARCH 26th??
Not too soon to try to avoid weather-misshaps
Not too early to get into St. Patty’s day plans
Not too late to get into Easter, the Steel City Showdown, or the Crush the Commonwealth events in April…
Meeting at dippy is already good fun, but for ending location, an outdoor area where we could easily download our bikes, set up some grills & stuff, and perhaps have a bar-beer place clsoe by?
I wonder if we could try to do this close to the EEB… drinking pillaging would be RIGH THERE, and the street has a fence to lock bikes. We could try to use some of the green-area next to the BurghBees site to grill, mingle and show-off our beards and helmets…..
I think that even if only one person shows up, that’ll be enough -but the more the merrier!!!!…. so maybe if we want to make this more good-karma fun and inspire more people, we can try to all bring an unperishable item/can that we can donate to a local kitchen or to the Pittsburgh Foodbank?
Raise your hands?
just putting this out there, but as of now, sundays are the only I’m available to do anything (and now that I think about it, I’m picking up a volunteering gig for sundays).
But saturdays I’m usually done with work by 3pm (provided there’s no major bread-buying holiday approaching). So a saturday in the afternoon is doable. I don’t know the parks that well, the ones back home have grills where you can bring some charcoal and such and cook stuff up…
(This has been me talking to myself, not offering any real help.)
How about the park in Milville? or South Side? I think both places have grills and Vikings should be near the water! On the other hand, EEB has suds… Where can we make a bonfire without attracting red trucks?
If we cannot have a bonfire, can we bring a burn barrel?
CRAP! I didn’t think of that!! You’re right! Both Milvalle and Southside have areas where to grill…. and the one in Milvalle is covered and has benches to sit & all…..do we need a permit to use them? Does anyone know?
Milvalle sounds good to me the best….
+1 for millvalle.
this just hurt my eyes, but if you scroll down to near the bottom, there is a contact name and number regarding the shelter. i would be willing to pitch in some money if i am able to attend on said date. i also want to rent or buy a fake beard.
Where can you rent a fake beard?
I’d like to buy 6 shares of that business.
Late March is good for me in general, and March 26th is actually excellent.
Once we get into April and May, my time is going to be constrained by wedding activities… so that might be my last opportunity for a group ride as an unmarried man.
(I was planning on shaving the beard in early march, but now I may keep it around until the ride!)
Kordite – looking forward to that, but not getting my hopes too high that they will not f it up really, really badly.
I was never a big fan of Thor, myself so my expectations aren’t high. Captain America, though. . . they better not mess that one up.
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