Been out of town a few weeks. Ready to get back in the saddle. Is Friday’s ride Flock All Night?
Should be. I’ll be missing this week, parents coming into town, then next week as well, hosting a conference.
How does Flock All Night compare to the 6pm FOC ride in terms of speed, hills, general difficulty, drop policy, etc.?
same exact thing, just 4 hours later and with more lights.
I am so in, although I broke one of my lights today, I hope it still looks good with 2. They are not kidding when they say to make sure they are firmly attached to the spokes, otherwise you’ll be sorry when doing 30mph down Negley and you can’t stop enough to keep the thing from vibrating itself apart
PS: Noah, I still have a FoC t-shirt for you.
If i am not sick and tired, i am in! Should be nice weather.
forgive me, how does this Flock all night thing work? Where do you guys ride?
we ride all over…. could be 15-25 miles depending on how things are going…. hit the trails, carson st., etc. moderate pace, stop for lights, no dropping, etc. helmets encouraged, lights REQUIRED…
We meet at Dippy (the big Dinosaur outside of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland).
If you trust my blackberry GPS app, we averaged about 11mph during active riding last month…. so I’d say that is fairly slow.
There was a good bit of downtime last month, too…. a flat if I remember…. plus riding down carson takes about 30 min or somthing like that!
ok, now if I can just muster up the courage to ride the the dinosaur
Someone ALWAYS gets a flat. Waiting for it to be me. I think that perhaps the faster, more regular riders may do the whole ride.. It seems like we Ride a little faster at the end of the ride,
I am starting a new contest. Fastest flat change on a FOC ride gets a special prize at the end of the year. Current record seems to be about 40 minutes.
We really do go faster at the end of the ride.
I think it’s partly Stef’s explanation, and partly that as the group gets smaller we’re more likely to make lights.
The fastest flat fix I think I’ve ever seen was on last Fall’s urban forest ride. I forget who it was, there were only about a dozen of us (Caitlin might remember), but I swear it was 10 to 15 minutes. Fast, anyway. I can’t do it in my own driveway in under 30, even on a front tire.
Haha, i’m with Stu..I HATE fixing flats..I’ll walk for a day or two, look at my bike…sighh..kick it..And walk another day..Guess that’s why i got called out for “riding the incline when i own a road bike!” Hahaha, just not as ‘serious’ as some folk.
Okay, Chris holds the record for the longest flat change at 4 days. He wins the least serious award.
We’d go somewhat faster if we didn’t hit Carson St…. just sayin’
TBH there were points in the last flock that were so slow you might have trouble staying upright.
Changing my “no” to a “maybe”.
I’ve been really bad at making it to rides that I RSVP for lately, but I should be there this Friday. I’ll also be introducing my girlfriend to flocking for the first time…
Sigh. Gonna have to miss out, friends. I’ll catch the Flock in 2 weeks.
I gotta be honest…. I love biking down Carson. I know it’s barely biking, but the reaction to the spectacle that is the flock makes this my favorite part.
I half love and half hate going down Carson. On one hand, Carson is a place that I, as a rule, avoid after 6 pm. On the other hand, what better way to travel down it than in a large spectacular group?
I like Carson with Flock. If I was alone I’d never go down there at that time of night.
Definitely helps to have certain elements (tall bike, ridiculous lighting) to throw the drunks off though… replaces hostility with curiosity
Man, if it didn’t start about half an hour after my last Coherent Moment of The Day, I’d be in. My brain fires up at 4AM and shuts off at 9:30PM (if I’m lucky).
I could handle a Morning After Flock. Hair of the Cog?
Hair of the Cog would be a great follow-up to Midnight Mass, assuming breakfast was part of the agenda.
Could take the trail to Millvale and then dine at the P&G on Lincoln…..a Pamela’s affiliate.
how delicious, the trail to milvale and pancakes. Hair of the Cog indeed.
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