Flock of Cycles
I’m the purple shirt dude.
@edmonds- yes, it’s true: additional padding and visibility. Sad that we didn’t get to meet in real life! but there’s always the next ride. I should probably be able host folks afterward for the next one (highland park).* Wish i could have stuck around a bit later last night, but I had a blast for the time I was there. That was Jake Liefer with whom I fled the flock. We realized that we have a ton of mutual friends and that we were heading to the same goodbye bash for one of them.
*there will be [hula]hooping.
Thats an impressive speed you’ve got there
Thats how I roll. I hit the turbo button.
It was probably the trees in the park, with the rain and lightning that messed up the GPS.
Were you watching it? Did it look decent enough to find where a group would be? They don’t have any sort of instant replay, so I can’t watch myself.
Yeah we should bring it through HP next time – loop around the park/reservoir as a sort of victory lap and then after party at Stef’s…
dwillen – Yeah, I was super impressed by it. It gives you a running route up to the current location, then moves along the map to the next location, looks like its exactly what we need to track rides in an easily digestible format.
Was it just sitting in your bag running on a timer in the background?
Stef, I was actually going to try to convince you to host next time. I’m not sure why, but it sounded like a good idea.
I had my phone in the front pocket of my rain jacket. The app kind of runs in the background and doesn’t seem too hard on the battery. The timer is how long the “glympse” lasts. After the timer runs out the location data stops being shared. I can set it for 4 hours though, which should be more than long enough for a ride.
Its pretty cool. I can send glympses via SMS, email, twitter, facebook. I figured a twitter account was the easiest way to maintain a sensible list of people to share the data with.
Agreed. Wonder if Glympse will update with iPhone 4.0 to let it update in the background. If it does, we can have a couple going for redundancy.
This looks like fun, I’m not sure I can keep up with that pace. 284mph? WTF yinz ride. I mean I can go like 200 but 284? Maybe I’ll just stay home and watch on the Interweb.
Yeah, it was a good ride. I was happy that the post-ride pizzas survived on my rack without too much wear and tear.
I do like the random nature of the ride and prefer not setting up too much in the way of pre-defined stops. I would rather not push out the start time either, leaving around 6ish seemed to work out ok. Later and I have a lot of time to kill between work and the ride. But that’s just my take on it.
I had a few people tell they couldn’t make it until later. I figured no one would really mind a half hour difference. I don’t think we left until 6:10-6:15 anyway.
Personally, if I get off at 5, I have to push it to get there much before 6. Though, it doesn’t really matter.
Cyclemeter for iPhone will post your location to Google Maps but it’s more accurate and harder on the battery. And you can have it post updates to Twitter too.
We could always have an “early start” crowd that just loops around Oakland for 30-45 mins and then still meet up at Dippy at 6:30. I mean, that’s basically what I would be doing anyway.
A small group can navigate rush hour traffic in Oakland pretty well. It’s when you start to get more than a dozen or so that it gets more difficult.
Rob, that first picture is pretty awesome. I remember you taking it–my rear end was killing me at that point.
Nice photos! I’ll have to check out your strap situation, because mine was annoying the crap out of me and I just packed my camera away half way through the ride.
Most of my strap situation for that ride was just some techniques I’ve accumulated shooting with that strap while riding over time. I’m actually in the process of cobbling together a few different things to carry my camera in a safer manner, involving a new strap and a bag. Currently for long rides, I keep my camera in a handbar bag, but it bounces around, can jump out, takes every hit my bike does, and leaves the camera un-tethered to my body.
I might have my new set up by friday (if you’re coming to our anti-CM), if it works out, I’ll show you the strap I have right now which is neoprene and super nice, I got it for free, assuming the new setup works out, you can have my old one.
Yea, I will be at anti-CM–testing my newly implemented bicycle tracking system.
Meeting up at the same time and place as CM, but doing our own thing and following the law again. I’ll be there, Nick will be there, Dwillen and a few others.
Ah, like the split-off from CM last month, that sounded amazing. I’d join but I’ll be out of town. Have fun, see you the following week for MM…
It will be similar to our split off, minus the aggravation at the beginning.
rob, consider this for a great camera solution: http://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-20.htm
its submersibly waterproof, and the most comfortable bag i’ve ever owned. there is a camera insert for it that adds padding and compartments… its perfect
Mark – I had looked at that, but its way too expensive, doesn’t holster the camera in a way that makes it accessible in the way I need it, its all around too big and still leaves the camera untethered when I take it out of the bag. My solution keeps the camera safe in and out of my hand, allowing me to shoot with a full range of motion on my bike.
Dwillen says: Get a phone number from someone you know will be there, have them route the ride over to where you are.
Strikes me as the best strategy.
As far as stareting later? This time of year it would be OK, but I was glad to get all that riding time in.
When the sun starts setting earlier, the earlier start time will be much better, IMO.
shooting while riding… almost as dangerous as running stop lights!
mark – Only if you’re dumb about it (shoot in large crowds, next to cars, on rough terrain). I’m never looking through the viewfinder, its all ‘from the hip’. I’m really only putting myself in danger.
I’m way late to the post-ride-comment party, so let me just say “Great ride, much fun, will do it again, thanks for putting it together.”
Rob was just kind of aiming and shooting. There were a lot of times where I was behind him only see his lens popped over his shoulder or under his arm while he was facing forward.
Nice bunch of photos. You should send #48 and #51, with Mick & Stef, over to the guy at the “Copenhagen Cycle Chic” site, with a little explanation of the Flock ride. I’m sure the burgh has never been represented over there.
Something I noticed on the ride, a large percentage of the bikes were fitted with racks, fenders, lights, everything, real ready for anything bikes. A much larger percentage than, say, CM, or the typical cross section of bikes you see in town. I’m not sure what that means exactly, I guess the flock is real everyday riders.
I’d categorize the pace as “social and pleasant”. Lack of imprecations being screamed at us by other road users may have contributed to a feeling of slowness…
Id say, average speed was much much slower than CM. For a faster ride, check out Midnight Mass.
Slow and leisurely. I was guessing we’d traveled 15 miles at one point; turned out it was closer to 20 then, and 22 to 24 by the time we got back to Oakland. Many stops for traffic lights, chatting with people, and keeping us fairly close together. It seemed long, but to me only because it got dark and I was getting hungry.
By the time I got home, I’d probably put 35 miles under me for the day, but since the better part of it was so laid back, I didn’t feel at all drained.
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