|2007-09-30, 04:47 AM||#1|
BIG rides: 24"/36" on/off road
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Los Gatos, California
Unicycling Critical Mass in San Francisco
Wow, what an experience. Geoff and I met my mom at the start at 6pm. It was so crowded that we decided to ride in the back since riding at or below walking speed is pretty hard on a 36er. It was nearly 6:30 by the time we got to start. The route is pretty random, and we only rode until 9pm or so - covering 14 miles. Mostly it is peaceful and while many people driving cars are temporarily inconvenienced, there are few problems. Certain people (bikers and car drivers) are going to cause problems in situations like this and there was some yelling and screaming, pounding on cars and leaping out of cars. But no actual violence that I saw. One thing I saw consistently was respect for pedestrians. Bikers (and unicyclists) always stopped for pedestrians. The police did a great job, very professional and didn't cause any problems. They kept things moving and helped avoid problems as did 99.9% of the bikers. It was the 15th anniversary - it's been held the last Friday of the month since Sept 1992. I'm really glad I finally got to check it out.
It was great to finally meet the famous Gracie Sorbello who rode her Coker barefoot the whole way. No problem for her of course and she did most of her USA crossing barefoot last year - check out the thread: http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49390
She was in town since she was doing the MS 150 Waves To Wine ride this weekend. She's riding a long way (80 miles today and 75 more tomorrow) for a great cause - maybe you'd like to check out the site and make a donation in her name - I did.
Here are some photos and one video: http://nhoover.smugmug.com/gallery/3559927 with links to the route and GPS info. Here's a news article.
I hope we get the sound system for the Coker ride at the Berkeley Juggling/Unicycling Festival next weekend!
|2007-09-30, 06:12 AM||#2|
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Thats awesome Nathan, Critical mass rides are alot of fun for all the riders. I wish I could go out to more but unfortunatly fridays are my prime working time.
I found it amusing to see by the pictures there, that it looks like a very similar crowd to the people that come out to Ottawa Critical mass rides.
Maybe now you can start the ball rolling on a more local crit mass!
you guys should try and get one of these trike/bike's out to a critical mass ride http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=452740396&size=l
in action http://graffitiresearchlab.com/?page_id=92#video
how to build a strong comfy saddle from junk.
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