Morning ride: Crew pumping up the District for Sunday Streets.
First we loaded the Biker Bar with hundreds of pounds of audio gear.
The custom V1 Mundo trailer hitch flexed a bit under this extreme load, but basically it was a very controllable ride.
Adam entertained in Golden Gate Park on the way to the beach.
We set up a 5-bike Pedal Powered Stage on the Great Highway — two electric Mundos and the Biker Bar.
Cousin Ken pitching in on the Biker Bar, with Arie along for the ride.
Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper, with guests Mafiosa Felice, Terry, and Jared May.
The scene from a nearby dune. Photo: Steve Rhodes
Cops threatened to shut down Tornado Rider.
So we moved.
And they shredded the venue.
Hoop Jam with Movement Maker Mei.
All photo montages: Steve Rhodes
This is the 36V 18Ah Sealed Lead Acid rechargeable battery that helps us get up and over the hill from the Mission to the beach.
Rolling the ‘Long Things’ bundle.
Fully loaded Biker Bar, probably 275 pounds of gear, including bass drum, two JBL PRX535′s, and the Fossil Fool tent.
We made $52 in tips. Thanks to all the fans who pitched in for Tornado Rider and the Rock The Bike crew. This is what we did with the money.
Late night gear return mission.
Thanks to Raul and Warren for their theatrics at this year’s Earth Hour celebration in San Francisco.
On to technical details. Note how Raul fills the pitcher about 1/3 to halfway with ice, then adds the alcohol and juices to just over the top of the ice.
Then Warren pedals for about 30 seconds to wild applause from the crowd.read more
*August 6th*, 4:30-11PM. California Academy of Sciences *Nightlife Series*
Nightlife is a Thursday night thing where they turn a natural sciences
museum into a brainy club environment. The scientists and leafy green sea
dragons are still there, but now there’s dance music and expensive alcohol.
So each thursday they have a theme and this time Rock The Bike is the theme.
We’ll be pedal powering a 4-hour DJ set by Jeff Stallings of the show Below
Zero on Energy 92.7. Below Zero is a pretty good show. Here’s his music:
http://www.snuggythugg.com , click music and listen to any of the
“chillhouse” mixes in the player on the upper right.
We’ll also be coming up with our own cocktail to make on the Fender Blender,
next to one of the expensive bars. This is our first professional bar
And at the beginning of the event while a huge line is forming outside, I’ll
be street performing at the entrance line with Mafi and Jared. We may also
have entertainers perform in Africa Hall (where my penguins at?).
We need a crew of 3-4 people to ride to the gig. Please meet at 935 York St.
at 4PM. So far we have Jared and Adam Pastana, and possibly Adam Aufdencamp.
One more roadie would help.
The Event ends at 10. We tear down and go on a late night gear return
mission while bumping a new mix <http://www.mediafire.com/?w2ymjjeyjj3>from
DJ Bento. Back at my place by 11ish.
In addition to roadies, we can use the following: pedal power tech, blending
specialists, pedal power coaches, video/photo wing, promo wing, etc. I think
we can have up to 10 people on our crew list that night.
This is a low-paying event. Roadies will make $75. The rest of the crew will
be unpaid, but the museum will provide all of us a crew dinner at 6:30 and
Pedal Powered Stage at Sunday Streets, and Rock The Bike beach party
10AM Cruise to the beach from the Mission District with Rock The Bike crew. Meet at York & 21st.
11AM: Set up stage.
12PM: Fossil Fool with Mafiosa Felice (cuatro, percussion) and Jared May (bass).
1PM: Tornado Rider.
2PM: Event ends. Take down stage, move on to Rock The Bike beach party. Bring frisbees, sunscreen. We’ll provide a bunch of food and blendables. Bring more to keep the party going until sunset, or until we feel like biking home.
Location is Great Highway @ Noriega.
Stage will be on the road and the dancing will be in the sand.
Roadies, we need to establish how we wrap cables. What do think of this one? Looks like we’ll need a lot of velcro, but it will keep our cable clutter down.read more
Next Thursday we’ll be pedal powering California Academy of Sciences’ Nightlife Series, including a 4-hour DJ set with Energy 92.7′s Jeff Stallings. He plays a style of danceable yet relaxed house music he calls “Chillhouse”. Should lend itself nicely to the creative, intelligent crowd and inspiring space.
But wait, there’s more:
Cal Academy has an awesome downstairs Aquarium Space with incredible creatures like Leafy Green Sea Dragon. Right by the 15′ tall aquarium is where we’ll have our second music stage, featuring Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper, Mafiosa Felice, and Jared May.
And… we’re working with the bar crew of Nightlife to
And don’t forget… A late night Cruiser Ride home from the museum.
Sonya Cotton (Veteran Bicycle Music Festival performer and Golden Goose) is debuting a new album this Friday night at Noe Valley Ministry.
The night before, roll with Sonya and bandmates on a promo cruiser ride. Hear tracks from the album and help with publicity for her show.
Starts at 8PM at The Rev, 22nd and Bartlett. Sunset is around 8:20 these days.
Rock The Bike brought our Pedal Powered Stage to the finish line of the San Francisco Marathon, where fans, runners, volunteers, and the crew pedal powered the awards ceremony. Above, Viv team volunteers helped us get a groove going between the different award classes.
Even marathoners who’d podiumed — note the ribbon around this pedaler’s neck — summoned the energy to power the sound system for the award ceremony. One described it as “Good Recovery”. The two Electric Mundos shown above offer amazing stability, with their Lunar Lander kickstands, and an excellent size range for pedalers of all ages. The runner above was able to get his son pedaling along side him.
Above, arriving at the venue with our gear strapped to the Biker Bar. The wooden cover that protects the pedal power equipment mounted to the aluminum chassis also stiffens the overall structure, making it predictable and safe to ride with hundreds of pounds of gear. Depending on the distances and terrain where you’ll be riding, we recommend using the Mundo 1000, our electric cargo bike. The Mundo 1000 has plenty of pickup to get you up the hills, and its long wheelbase helps you get a stable ride when towing the Biker Bar.
Although few people biked to the event, we were able to get the Biker Bar involved in the Pedal Power effort. This was the first time we had dropped a tandem on the Biker Bar, which couples the output of three bikes mechanically in a cromoly tube. It’s cool to think that the biker bar could actually harness six pedalers’ power!
Our six-foot Pedalometer shows fans and pedalers the health of the pedal power system as measured by voltage.
Better than mystery powders, what could be better than a fruit smoothie after a hard run? Luckily the Fender Blender Pro was in effect.
Above, our early morning gear run to the event brought us unexpectedly onto the route itself.
In this shot you get a clear view of the rear suspension of El Arbol. Note the extension of the rear swingarm. This both provided an anchor point for longer suspension coils, and a footrest for the rear facing passenger.
Here’s a cool video that shows how Jay sets up for a weld, then lays down a stack of dimes.