June Flock of Cycles Ride
My t-shirts recruited someone today. My coworker got one, and not 5 minutes later his roommate came running in, and ended up with two FOC shirts, without ever having heard of FOC before. I invited him to the ride, and he said “oh sure, I have a bike!”. Nice.
HV: I have a bunch of herbs growing in my garden, I could make some fresh thyme, sage or chive butter. Any preference?
Not sure you caught this on the best-commute thread, but I’m planning on bringing an extra bike. PM me if you think you or someone you know will need it. I plan to park by Phipps, so can swing by Dippy on my way there, or meet you wherever. (Note: I’m coming from west of town.)
I am on one of the committees for the Friends of the Riverfront Trail Mixer event tonight, so need to attend that. I really regret missing this ride.
@dan, I’ll make arrangements with you offline to pick up my FOC shirt and pay you for it.
A couple things for people,
1. I have a book on Major Taylor, this is a recent one by Todd Balf, good read, I think the guy is a regular sports writer, so it’s not arcane. If anyone wants to read it I will lend it but you have to promise to read it and pass it on OR donate it to the BikePgh office. If so let me know and I will bring it tonight, if not I don’t want to carry it.
2. Last year Pittsburgh Pro Bikes graciously donated some bike jerseys to my wifes foundation, but they didn’t all go at the fundraiser. Technically they are women’s, I think all large, but there’s no reason a small manly man couldn’t wear one, I mean, they don’t come with boobs or anything. Nice chocolaty brown with a pink ribbon thingy on the back. I’ll bring a couple. Let me know if interested. Free.
I hope to heck some last minute thing doesn’t crop up to keep me from coming.
I would like to read it if no one else wants to!
And while petite, I would like to check them out!
Also…. I’m definitely trying to come to the ride today! I have plans to attend in the evening so will bow-out around 7:30 or so, and won’t be able to go to the potluck…. BUT, I’ll be there!
@edmonds – I can’t be at the FOC tonight, but could I take one of the jerseys you just mentioned? I could meet you downtown sometime to pick it up…..!
how many of those jerseys have you got? my gf might not like a large, but pink and brown are two parts of her favorite color combination. still not sure if she’s going, though, but we’ll see.
i do have some sourdough on the rise at the moment, and i should have three baguettes ready by ride time.
I have a bunch, it’s killin me to have them sitting there doing nothing, so bikey and HV, I’ll have yours tonight, and Sara, I’ll bring one to town on Mon. and you can get it whenever, Allegheny bldg. on Forbes. I’ll pm you.
And bikey, I’ll bring the book, I’ll be the guy in a yellow FOC shirt, ha, ha!
I want to get my FOC shirt lettered on the back, sports style:
I am a smaller build manly man who would definitely take a jersey
I bet you could do some kind of iron-on thing, edmonds59. It would be so cool to do custom orders with our names on them, but there is a setup fee for every new screen, and the minimum run is like 25 shirts. Anyone need 25 shirts with their name on the back?
If I run out of some sizes tonight, I’ll have a second set printed up. I’ll bring an order sheet. People at work have been buying them from me. Seems like good advertising for FOC.
I’ll also try on a jersey if you have extras.
5 so far!
I think I know a sports shop that does those iron-ons, might be as cheap as .25 a letter. I’ll check next week.
@edmonds Just no pink for me! Unless is like, a cool pink… But my color is red, orange, blue…. I like bright colors.
And about the book…. sweet! I love books, but I will give this one back ;p
@Edmonds – I’m friends with a couple that just bought their first bikes. I think they’d appreciate a jersey. I bet it’ll fit one of them.
Let me know if you have extras.
If someone here requested access to the trackpghcycles feed under the name “uniquponym”. Please send me a PM on the board so I know you aren’t Mike Pintek looking to bump a whole flock of cycles.
Hey, I’m the guy who wrecked in between Forbes/Shady and Forbes/Murray tonight. Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m OK, got a bit of road rash on one arm and a scraped up knee but nothing too serious. The bike’s OK too, I’m going to be doing some work to it tomorrow (and making sure that that really was just a loose screw and not a worn stem/bars).
Nick (guy on the tall bike, not my roommate) – Sorry for yelling at you, I just wasn’t too happy about getting thrown off the bike and you were about the 20th person to ask me if I was OK. You’re a cool guy, and I just lost my temper for a second there.
Bill – Thanks for fixing my bike to make sure it was safe to ride back home. That really meant a lot to me after the chaos that ensued after the wreck, that you could be calm, and after everyone was sure I wasn’t seriously injured, make sure that my bike wasn’t seriously injured either.
To everyone – Thanks for all the concern, it really meant a lot. You’re an awesome bunch of people, and I’m certain you’ll be seeing me again (after my bike has gotten a full safety inspection so there isn’t a repeat of tonight’s fun and games). It was a fun ride, other than the bit about getting up close and personal with the asphalt
Not to sound like a broken record but i hope you’re alright! What exactly happened??
The bolt that holds my handlebars to the stem had apparently worked its’ way loose, and I hit a bump, jerking the bars out of my hands. Wheel turned, bike didn’t, I went over the bars and onto the asphalt. Could have been quite nasty, but for once being kind of large and having a tendency to land on my back paid off. Thing is, I had had trouble with that bolt earlier in the evening, and had tightened it with a borrowed multitool, but then later I moved my headlamp a bit because it was pointing at an odd angle, and that probably loosened it again… stupid me
Wow, well glad you’re alright man! Sounds sketchy, i had a front wheel come off on me when i was younger on a bmx..buttt, that’s what kids get for being kids..How was the ride though all in all??
Lincoln, it’s cool. I only asked because I am somewhat responsible for the ride and didn’t know what happened.
To everyone, THANKS A BUNCH for coming out and making FOC what it is!
We have a few little issues to work on, but besides that I think tonight’s ride was great. If you aren’t already, join the Facebook group-its the easiest way for me to get news out.
So far, FOC has been a very successful experiment, and it really highlights how AWESOME our community is.
Don’t forget, if you want an awesome FOC T-shirt, get a hold of Dan (dwillen).
Yeah, it’s not so much sketchy as that the bike was built when my mom was in high school, and I had moved that headlamp without thinking about the fact that it attaches to the handlebar mount. I should have known that if the bolt was loose enough that I could move the headlamp bracket without having to loosen it that it was too loose to be safe… 3 years of CMU engineering school at its’ finest right there, lol
And the ride was great, like i said originally I had a lot of fun except for the whole me contacting the asphalt instead of my tires thing. I’m just getting used to biking in the city (grew up in the middle of nowhere, if you tried biking out there you’d be killed by cars going 80 MPH), and it was a long, but reasonably doable ride.
ALSO, thanks to everyone who brought homemade food! It was all great!
If you missed FOC, that’s really unfortunate–it was a GREAT time and a very positive event all around. The picnic really topped off the night.
Again, I’m very grateful to be part of this with you all!
checking in- made it home safe
I did have a dog come over to me (he was with his owner but not on leash). I think it was the hot dogs in my bag!
glad you’re doing fine lincolnr.
great group of people- I will flock with you again for sure.
yeah it was a great time. what a great group of people. i got to see part of the city that i have never seen before. the little picnic on the piece of concrete was great, too.
other stef.. i hope your brakes turn out ok. thanks everyone. it was a really positive experience!
What a fantastic group of people. All of you! Great ride.
Most of the shirts I had printed are now in the hands of others. There are nearly 40 people in the burgh with a Flock of Cycles shirt! It was really cool riding around and having people shout “Flock of Cycles!” after reading our shirts. Wild.
I have two I’m saving for people who contacted me here, there are two wicking ones that someone requested on the survey but who I don’t know how to contact (Mschou?).
I have a few shirts leftover. A few small, one medium, a few large and two XXL. There were a few people who wanted a shirt, but I didn’t have the size or color they wanted. If there are more people out there that want shirts, please let me know. Send me email () or contact me here. You can pick any size/color you want. If I get close enough for a minimum order, I’ll have more printed before our next ride.
Thanks, Stefb! Great meeting you- and many many thanks to Rick and jane for hooking me up with a new wheel on our final stretch home. @lincolnr, glad you’re feeling better @nick, thanks so much for organizing. It was so fun!
@all y’all fabulous flockers- it was über fun to ride & dine with you!!! And yes! So cool to hook up with the MT crew!
And even though Nick was being a dick to the vegetarians and vegan, it was counter balanced by the fact that he bought us a grill and rides a tall bike.
Best ride I’ve been on this year.
Best quotation of the night:
“You can’t do ass to mouth”
I think we had 4? crashes, one taco’d wheel.
Linc, it’s cool, glad to help. You get that bike sorted out and it’ll be a sweet ride. I think I could use that thing as a stepladder to clean the gutters on my house.
Great ride, I’m bummed my son and I had to cut out before the food, but take my word for it, you’re all lucky he didn’t get to the grub.
Huge thanks to the Taylors for patience dealing with that big unwieldy group. It was cool getting to that part of town, I had some great little exchanges with people on the street. One middle aged guy asked me “what’s the cost for this?” and I told him “nothing, man, get a bike and come on”, laughed. Broke this alleged “divide” I’ve heard about just like that, less substantial even than smoke.
Dan, people were jumping on the shirts, home run, man.
Awesome seeing everyone. Flock of Taylors.
Oh, and as far as I know we are 0 and 2 for rides without car-bitches (verb, not noun, apologies in advance to any actual persons who may take offense).
Hey!! Sorry I had to bow out towards the end before the potluck & all! I seriously had a great time and very much look forward to the next FOC!!! It would have been cool to talk more with ya’ all, but next time!
Dan: thanks for making the tees!!
Edmonds: thanks for the jersey & book!
Nick: thank you for organizing this ride!!
And everyone: thank you for such an awesome time!!!!
Oh yeah, and now I have Flobot’s “handlebars” stuck in my head, thanks Nick
I am SO bummed I missed this. Next month I’m making sure I’m there.
Edmonds, thanks again for the jersey. It is beyond awesome. We are actually 0 for 10 or so now (including Midnight Mass, FOC, and Flock All Night).
Peirce, you should check out some other music by the Flobots, they are what got me into hip-hop.
The reaction we received through Homewood and Wilkensburg was fantastic–it further reaffirmed that you cannot help but be happy when you see a tall bike. I am going to try to build another before next month so we can have one in the front and one in the back. (Then, I am going to coax Jane into riding the other)
I cannot wait to hit up that BBQ place we passed in Homewood. It looked like exactly what I’ve been searching for in Pgh.
Nick, courtesy of Pro Bikes and the Young Womens Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (I really wish they had considered the length of that name a little more carefully). I’m just getting things out of my house! Ha, ha!
Nick, thanks again for kicking this off and keeping it going. The vibe is great — positive and inclusive. I know you were reluctant, but the bench-speech was well done and needed.
I had a load of dirty laundry on my back to drop at home and no lights, so I peeled off after the first crash, planning to catch up with you all again at 8, but got sidetracked. Sorry I missed the picnic, not sorry I missed the crashes!
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