Flock of Cycles

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edmonds59
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I thought we were due for a brand new dedicated Flock of Cycles thread. Nick, why don’t you re-post the facebook page and we’ll go from there; you know, the “it’s official” one.


Nick D
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Flock of Cycles Facebook Group

Flock of Cycles (named by netviln on the BikePGH board) is a monthly group ride held on the second-to-last Friday of the month. The ride meets in Oakland by Dippy (in front of the Carnegie Library) at 5:30p with the intention of hitting the streets by 6:00p.

The ride is slow paced and courteous to all users of our roadways (motor vehicles and pedestrians included).

The group stays together, allows motor vehicles to pass (when able to safely), and stops at red lights.

The point of the ride is to get together with like-minded people, show automobile drivers that cyclists can be safe, courteous, and law-abiding (thus, expecting the same), and most importantly, HAVE FUN.

This ride is great for anyone new to riding in the city who would like to get to know our roads better, learn more about riding on roads with traffic, and meet some great people.

FOC is not Critical Mass.


edmonds59
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I realize I may have said some unkind things about lycra in the past – forgive me Olivia Newton John – but this ride just seems to be screaming for some teal and fluorescent pink lycra.

Someone please re-post that hair guy for inspiration.

Nick, if you pull together both a tall bike and a sound system, people will have to officially address you as “the awesome”.


Nick D
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I’ve been working out the idea in my head. The issue that concerns me is safety. The added weight on the tall bike would be rough. That steerer already has some pretty extreme forces on it because of the length.

Essentially, the weight needs to be behind the head tube, under the top tube of the bottom frame, and in front of the seat tube.

If I can get my hands on a relatively light battery, we will have sound for FOC this month. If I can build a trike before then, we will have something ridiculous.


asobi
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could you strap it to a rear rack over the back wheel? that’d be the most stable platform on a typical bike.


robjdlc
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I’d guess he’d be stuck in a constant wheelie if he dropped any weight over the back end.


Impala26
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When re-posting the “Flock of Seagulls” guy, someone should try to photoshop a helmet on him. I found that image HERE anyway…

Tell me that given the way that his hair goes a helmet wouldn’t look hilarious?


88MS88
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The hair is the helmet.


Impala26
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edmonds59
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Holy cow, I remember that Kid do, it is awesome.

The guy from FoS, somebody should really invite HIM to the ride, I don’t think he’s busy.


alnilam
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I have a small 12 V AGM lead-acid battery – about the size you’d find in a UPS – that could be used for sound if you need. It’s about as heavy as you’d expect a battery roughly 25x10x10 cm to be.


Mick
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I have a Crate Taxi – a portable, rechargable battery powered amp.

http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_TX15%20Taxi%20Series%20Portable%20Guitar%20Combo%20Amp_-1_10052_10002_-49968097?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Guitar%20Combo%20Amps-_-TX15%20Taxi%20Series%20Portable%20Guitar%20Combo%20Amp-_-CTX15XXXX

I could bring it, if someone could bring the proper connectors for an ipod or something. The amp requires quarter-inch plugs (like, standard guitar plugs).

Let me know.

Mick


Swalfoort
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6:00 event on the second to last friday of the month not yet posted to the FOC Facebook page. Maybe one of the gazillion FB site administrators could fix that?


dwillen
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I sent ndromb a message, but incase that failed, I have an older (firewire compatible) ipod to donate to the effort. I say that because firewire power appears to be 12 VDC (as my internal ipod battery isn’t so superduper anymore).

You could cannibalize an ipod connector cable (see pinout: http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml ) to supply power from the same source, and output audio for the player. Mount the thing on the handlebars (or rig up some remote control) and you can control the tunes too.


dwillen
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@swalfoort 6:00 event on the second to last friday of the month not yet posted to the FOC Facebook page. Maybe one of the gazillion FB site administrators could fix that?

I added an event to the group.


alnilam
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You can cobble together a cable that’s 1/8″ male stereo on one end and 1/4″ male on the other no problem with a few pieces from radio shack. As long as we can come up with an mp3 player with battery enough for the whole ride, messing with crazy apple pin connections shouldn’t be necessary.


dwillen
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I have an ipod with a good battery and normal headphone jack, I just figured a dedicated, integrated one would be preferred.


Nick D
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What this is really coming down to, is what kind of batteries I can get together before next week. For a serious system we will need a decent amount of batteries, thus a decent amount of weight.

I am a small ~20watt RMS amp that would push a pair of 2-way speakers no problem. I could probably get a system together that could strap onto a bike with a rack.

I am going to try to get a basic sound system together and this bike power generator by next week so after FOC we can have a bike powered margarita party.

Since weight is an issue I might make the enclosure out of foam and fiberglass to cut down on weight (make up for a little of the weight gained by batteries). I have some carbon fiber laying around, but that would be a waste of money (an awesome waste of money, but a waste).

If I can’t get a good chunk of the work done by this week, we should probably just use Mick’s amp.


robjdlc
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I’ve got a 1/8″ to 1/4″ plug adapter, if we use Mick’s amp.


88MS88
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Soooo…are we assuming that 80’s music will be played? Skinny ties and heavy eye shadow?


edmonds59
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It occurs to me that you should keep a sound system compact enough to still have a reasonable ride, don’t go the full “Made In Queens” route. Yet.

Could somebody get this on the event calendar? This FoS thing seems to have some life to it, I think the re-branding could work (don’t mention the other thing, you know, the see-em)

And just for information, as good an idea as it may seem at the time, do not use Sharpie marker as an eye-liner, just don’t.


greenbike
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Don’t forget the leg-warmers. You might actually need them given the weather we’ve been having.


88MS88
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And some ‘Flashdance Ass Pants’ – Beck


Lyle
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The next Tweed Ride should be “Frock of Cycles”.


netviln
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Hmm.. I wonder if Nick could throw the high res up on cafe press so some garb could be procured.


Nick D
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?


netviln
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Was just wondering if you had a higher res version of the flock of cycles image. Could put it on cafepress so people could order shirts or something with it.


Nick D
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I have a slightly higher res photo, but not by much (~600×600). I’ll post it up.


Nick D
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Also, as far as this sound system goes… i was digging around the garage and found an old car stereo- tape deck, am/fm. I think this is probably the most appropriate source given the tone the ride is taking.

So, bring some cassettes, or we will be listening to DUQ the whole ride.


Lyle
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Too bad you haven’t got an 8-track, or is that too vintage?

I wonder if I still have that Kajagoogoo cassette somewhere. Be a miracle if it doesn’t disintegrate.


edmonds59
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Do those ipod-to-cassette adapter thingies work? I’ve never tried one.


Marko82
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I got the car sterio with CD player and 1/8th inch Aux all ready to go. It’s got well over three hours of battery life so bring you best mixes. And it only weighs 12 pounds! I’ll try to get some pics up – hooks up like a panner to your rear rack.


StuInMcCandless
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I have a bazillion cassettes. Name something, I probably have it, from Camper Van Beethoven to Donna the Buffalo.


Marko82
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This is my first attempt at pics so…

It’s about as loud as it was in my 92 Geo.


Nick D
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Mark, that is similar to what I am building, but I was going with a trunk bag. You make that?

The reason I was going with a tape deck was novelty. I have another with a CD player and AUX in, but I though the tape deck was more fitting given the name of the ride.


Nick D
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Wait! Why am I building this if Mark has that?

Mark, are you coming next week?

If you bring that, I will focus my efforts on building something bigger.


edmonds59
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Nice! This actually seems like it was waayy too easy for you guys.

Now you need a system with multiple-bike-mounted self-powered speakers driven wirelessly from a single head source….


Marko82
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Yeh I plan on being there next week. I might give it a shakedown run at Pedal-Pale-Ale friday if the weather cooperates. It’s just some stuff I had laying around and the battery out of my home alarm system. Nick, you have a rack on the tall bike? Music from up high will carry better.


StuInMcCandless
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FWIW, I have an in-dash 8-track system from a 1975 Ford F-150 pickup truck.


mustion
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Use a cassette player. The CD player will sk-sk-sk-sk-sk-skip

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