DinoRIDE, Third Friday of the Month, 5/18/12 6:00pm
I’ve noticed that my new bike is geared a little differently than my old one, so starting from a complete stop and going up hills is extra slow going (and I’m already pretty slow)
RubberFactory – To me, it sounds like you mgiht really want to get a smaller small chain ring – you shouldn’t want a lower gear and not have it.
yeah, I was on my old bike going up penn, and I was doing fine on the middle ring up front, and the 3rd one in back.
In my lowest gear on my new bike, I don’t struggle, but it does take a considerable amount of effort.
Maybe something to look into when I head into the shop this weekend for some accessories.
I got a lovely response from San Francisco Bike Party. In posting this I am no way criticizing decisions made by the Flock, Flock was awesome. I just wanted to hear another point of view;
“Great to hear from you! Thanks for reaching out.
The simple answers to your questions are “No” “No” and “No.” We don’t require people to wear helmets. The law in California states that cyclists under 18 are required to wear helmets and riders over 18 are not. We hope that our riders will abide by those laws (and yes, we sometimes have kids on our rides!) but we do not police our membership. Your brain, your bucket, your business. As for lights, the California law states that you must have a front light and reflectors. We encourage our riders to put safety first and have proper front and rear lights, but we don’t require it, nor could we effectively enforce such a rule with an average turn out of about 250 riders. We also don’t ask our membership to sign a waiver. It would be impossible to keep track of who had or had not signed our waiver, and since we are a travelling group (we start and end at different locations every time we ride) it would be extremely difficult to manage waiver forms, identification and liability. Our focus is to put on a great, safe, fun event, and we expect that our membership rides at its own risk, the same way that they would with any group of friends. There are several social group rides in the bay area, ranging for a few people getting together for an easy ride through Golden Gate Park, to organized single speed sprints up Mount Diablo, to Critical Mass, and (of course!) to Bike Party! None of them require a waiver, and so far, so good. We trust our membership to be safe, courteous and radically self reliant. In turn, they trust SFBP to lead a great ride every month. It definitely takes some work, but it’s all worth it when over 200 people show up to a Star Wars themed bike ride (in costume, no less!) on a Friday night.
Best of luck to you! We always love to hear about bike party-like events in other cities! And if you’re ever in the Bay Area, come check us out! We ride on the first Friday of every month.
SF Bike Party!”
@edmonds that sounds awesome. i want that.
in general, i am realizing i really like group rides. but i am just not competitive or athletic or fast enough for the majority of the ones that exist. i would gladly pay a membership or sign waivers or whatever i had to do to get to participate in regular “fun” group rides.
i can come to this this week. fair warning: i’m not fast.
It sounds like it’s shaping up for a leisurely ride. I’m usually rushing off to work, so a causal, 10 mph-ish ride shall be a relaxing change of pace
An irony of the SF response just occurred to me. For rightWingrrs, SF is kind of the epicenter of this imagined liberal nanny state mind control. But wait, these San Franciscans, SF bike party is saying, we’re not going to tell you what to do, you are responsible and accountable for your own actions. AAAh, brain, hurt!
Sorry to go political. No I’m not.
Well, if everyone has already become a robot for the nanny state, I guess there’s no need to tell them what to do. It’s already programmed in there.
here’s the debate over at the copenhagenize blog:
Well there’s no debate that tonight should be a pleasant evening for cycling around town.
I’m planning on showing up and promptly dropping out, but it should be enjoyable none the less
Wow! I am seriously bummed about Flock.
Thanks, Nick (and others), for the fine effort in getting it going, and keeping it going for as long as you did.
not going tonight. after the day/week/months I’ve been having, I’m not up to being around anyone for a good while. No offense, I think I just need to be at home and be mopey and self pitying for a while.
Ugh, in my experience, that’s the worst time to be by oneself. At the same time, I can see the value of sitting in the dark and listening to oh say… Division Bells or something. Hopefully we’ll see you later in the season
Also I work really early, and didn’t get out early enough today to take a nap.
Bahhh I was planning on coming but I rode a bunch this morning, didn’t drink enough water, and now seem to be getting one of my classic dehydration-induced migraines. I should really know better by now.
Based on this thread it didn’t seem like there would be a big turnout this week anyway, but maybe this isn’t a good indicator. Anyway, if this happens again sometime soon, I will definitely try to be there!
I’m going to be so lonely, surrounded by little kids eating pizza (It’s also the children’s festival tonight, tomorrow, Sun)
I’ll be there, perhaps alone
6:24pm, I’m still at my desk, but I have the bike shoes on and will be out of here shortly. I’ll mosey around aimlessly for a while, see if a group of any sort comes by & if so will join them, but I really just need to get my butt home. I’ve been up since 3:40a.
It’s not just the gnats, either–I had something larger, maybe a fly or bee, bounce off my face in Junction Hollow tonight…
Bleh. I got some not-so-micro bug stuck in my eye a couple weeks ago in Junction Hollow and actually had to stop for a few minutes to scrape bug bits out of my eye. It was gross. And painful.
That was the day I decided that summer riding would be done with some sort of eyewear at all times. I actually bought a pair of fake glasses so that I would have something to wear at night when I couldn’t wear sunglasses. I almost wished I had bad vision so I would have a legitimate excuse for it since it seems a little too faux-hipstery to wear fake glasses while riding a bike, but I guess the fact that my bike has gears evens it out if we’re trafficking in hipster stereotypes, yeah?
Huge turnout tonight (not). Had a good time at OTB though. We thought that since there were only a few of us and it IS a holiday…
I had a fun experience! Left my desk 6:46 & rode down the elevator with a co-worker who was running to catch a 6:50 bus, the 2 Mt Royal. I walked over to get my bike, then rode Grant, 11th, Penn, 16th St Bridge, and the river trail, and beat the 2 to Millvale, where I rejoined a very surprised co-worker. The 2 then took me to Northway Mall, only a mile and a half from home.
I knew the bike travel time from town to Millvale was comparable to the bus, but I didn’t realize I could beat the bus there!
I think the turnout wasn’t too bad; we had five or six right? Not to mention, a bunch of calloffs (heh) at at the last minute. I think it would have been a good ride if we weren’t all tired/had to go somewhere
Anonymous 05/23/2012 at 7:36pm #
Just a thought — http://polish.slavic.pitt.edu/pmvc/Flyer2012.pdf — starting June 1st on Friday’s nights we can watch some racing. Registration starts at 6:00 pm (probably we are not interested) and races start at 6:30 pm. We can get together, ride to oval, watch, ride back. Or use oval after races to practice.
We thought they started already and went down a few weeks ago. I like that idea. Is this the road bike race or track bike race? I want to watch a race then decide if I want to try. I welcome humiliation.
Anonymous 05/23/2012 at 9:09pm #
I think oval is not a real track — no wooden cover and as a result special tubular tires like http://www.vittoria.com/product/track/ — way to soft and thin. And tear&wear would too much. But could be wrong.
Big ring riding — http://www.bigringriding.com/post/22248825883/things-that-go-fast-in-the-night#disqus_thread — this is world champion on a track. Real fixed bikes with huge chain ring and small cog.
They listed all possible types of racing for the oval http://polish.slavic.pitt.edu/pmvc/TrackEvents.html.
In regards of try — WPW has TT on the oval.
@ Nick D. Basically, the “Flock of Cycles” name cannot be used without board approval. All that is required for approval is that annual waivers are signed. This was decided because it not only helps build the brand of Flock as well as expanding it’s portfolio of events, but it also would cover ride organizers legally. In my mind, I though this was a great opportunity for people of the community to be able to do things without the worry of liability.
I read this last week, but the import really didn’t hit me until I re-read it today. This is epic.
I think I would have made some things I’ve done Flock events, had I thought it through.
Nick, please let us know what individuals can do to help Flock.
From the other thread: does anyone wanna meet at dippy at 6, head down to explore the new trail together, then head up to bakery square?
^I’d be into that, stefb.
Also, what Mick said. I’m sad I never got to experience a Flock ride last year, and I’m glad to help in some way to keep the idea going, because it seems awesome. It was one of the things that I somehow ended up seeing information about when I was trying to decide whether bike commuting was going to be plausible when I moved here, and knowing Pittsburgh had something like Flock gave me a really good feeling for some reason.
I’d better get my butt home so I can fix at least one bicycle so I can meet y’uns tomorrow.
“If you have four bicycles in your carport, and none of them work, you might be a redneck.” [channelling Jeff Foxworthy]
^Anybody still planning to meet at dippy, even of the trail exploration may not be possible according to the other thread? If so I’d still be interested although I can’t be there right at 6
1000 people at Bakery Square. Four at Dippy: Tricia, Mitch & a new guy named Bill who found me on Facebook. Then Tricia got a flat even before we started riding. (Weird. She wasn’t even on the bike!)
Bill and I rode together as far as Wilkins and Shady. It was good to have a new face and name, even if I wasn’t with a massive swarm of bikes!
Oh, cool. I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to be there, but it was probably for the best that I didn’t go since I had some stuff to do at home that had been put off for too long… but next time people are planning to meet at Dippy I really will be there (despite bailing this week and last week).
The first flat I ever had was the not-even-on-the-bike kind. Everything seemed fine when I locked my bike up that morning, and I came back to my bike at the end of the day to find a totally flat front tire. The rim tape had slipped, and I guess the spoke well had been eating through the tube for a while and it just finally gave in that day. It was weird.
Anonymous 06/08/2012 at 8:05pm #
I know that a lot of people are riding MS150 tomorrow. So does anyone want to get together at Dino and get to the Oval and watch races for a while and then get back or home? in this case you would get a warm up and no significant load.
I’m leaving shortly from the Museum area headed toward the Arts Festival (Boca Chica and Carolina Chocolate Drops tonight!)
Anonymous 06/09/2012 at 12:38am #
Sorry guys, there were no replies by 17:50 and I’ve went directly to the Oval. Lots of people, officials did not have enough chips. I’ve watched 10 laps TT and went home. One guy finished in 10:4x but he was not able to beat the record of 10:16.
Third Friday of the Month is tomorrow…
Anybody up for cycling tomorrow evening? Thinking maybe 8pm would be better, cooler out
I’m game, but I can do earlier easier than later. By 8p I will have been up for over 15 hours, plus an hour trip home for me after whatever ride happens.
They’re predicting 78 degrees at 6p, 72 at 8p, not that big a difference. It’s not like it’s going to be scorching hot tomorrow.
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