Wanted people to see this bike by Kyle Watson, an industrial designer from Detroit. I love the segmented design and the pounded steel saddle. What a pleasure this must be to cruise the local routes.read more
Above, an elephant bike spotted at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, photo: jacob.scheckman
Bike blending in the street on one of 1000 FreeWheelin’ loaner bikes.
In both Denver and Minneapolis, the bike advocacy crew FreeWheelin’ provided 1000 loaner bikes to both residents and convention goers, easing traffic and keeping bikes on the minds of convention leaders. Shown above mixing smoothies on the road using Rock the Bike’s Mini Bike Blender. Freewheelin kept track of their totals, which reached 7500 rides at the RNC.
You will not want to miss the LiveOnBike performances on the bike ride between our venues. To truly experience a social ride, you have to take in a LiveOnBike performance! A LiveOnBike performance is an amplified music performance that takes place on a mobile stage in front of a large group of riders.
1. Your Bike:
Pump air in the tires, put oil on the chains, tuck in your pants leg so you don’t get a stain.
2. Check your Quick Releases:
Learn how to use them properly, they are essential for bike safety. Many people get this wrong, so watch this video to see how to use a quick release.
3. Check it all over:
• Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
• Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
• Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride
• Helmet, gloves, comfortable layered clothing, footwear, bandana (makes helmets more comfortable and absorbs sweat), hair tie for long hair.
• Empower yourself not to need help: a patch kit, mini-pump, a knowledge of tube patching and/or a spare tube. Patching a tire is a skill that comes with practice, but worth the effort. Then when a cute somebody is broken down you can help them out!
• Lip balm, sunscreen
• Lights (front and rear) should be in working order with fresh batteries.
• First Aid Kit – This is the type of item that is often neglected. My rule is = “Its better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
Bring WATER or your favorite beverage in a reusable container.
Snacks to share, an energy bar, Cliff bar, fresh fruit is always good, vegetables, nuts, trail mix, goodies of your choice.
A great way to record and share your experiences! Shoot pics of riders, bikes, and the places your go! At the end of the event, be sure to add them to the Rock the Bike Flickr Group or on our Facebook Page!
We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that our festival keeps a positive reputation in the community. We will have experienced route marshals identified by patches and armbands, who will help keep our group together and safe.
Please follow these simple rules.
- Some of the bikes in our group ride will be carrying live performers. These bikes generally require more concentration to ride safely. Please give these performance vehicles extra space so that their riders can maintain focus on safely guiding them through our route.
- Look for Route Marshals who will be identified by BMF patches.
- Do not ride in the oncoming lane of traffic!
- When we are on a multi-lane street such as Oak, stay to the right, keeping one lane open to allow cars to pass.
- How we handle stop signs: We roll through stop signs unless route marshals say to stop for safety or pedestrians. This reduces the amount of time our group spends in intersections and minimizes the delays we may cause to other road users.
- How we handle red lights and major intersections: We approach red lights and major intersections slowly, gathering our group and waiting for a green light. We try then to ride through as a single group. If the light turns red halfway through, we try to continue moving our group through the intersection unless it is unsafe to do so. Please defer to route marshals!
- Be careful of car doors opening if you are riding close to parked cars.
- Please ride predictably and in control.
- Try to stay with the main group, it’s safer and more fun for everyone.
- HAVE FUN! SING! REJOICE! SAY “YEAH!”read more
BICYCLE RODEO RECAP: A CARNIVAL EVENT…
I know I’ve said this before, but this had to be one our best, if not our best event. About 35 of us started off our journey into the old west at Hermosa Pier on Saturday August 16th, 2008, with our cowboy hats,boots, and spurs, our water guns at our sides for protection as we headed into the wild wild west of yesteryear.
With Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks booming from the soul
cycle, weheaded up the Esplanade where we were greeted with waives and cheers from neighbors and a few passing cars.
We made our way to the barbecue pits at Valley Park in
Hermosa Beach where we hosted our first ever Southbay Cruiser Bicycle Rodeo games! We saw Diego and Faith pound our our Texas bootstyle pinata to pieces in our first event.
Pinata bashing then led to our now infamous wheel barrel
Bull races.Mary Caldera, our new assistant organizer, made us some bull horns towear for just this special event. Several teams of two battled it out for our bicycle rodeo/olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals. Victor and I took on Team Great Britain (Ziv and friend) in the
first match.Our behinds were quickly eliminated. Others stepped up to challenge them. It was some of the most competitive bull racing in the history of the LA bike culture scene that I’ve ever witnessed, with several near collisions. John and Zack’s team took the gold, by edging out the assistant organizer team of Speedy Shari and Galloping MaryCaldera, followed by Team Great Britain taking the bronze medal.
From there we moved on to western style jump roping. Diego amazed us with his skills there and reminded us of what it was like to be a kid again. Inspired, we all jumped in and eventually double dutch jumped rope.
From jump roping we moved onto to doing some Napolean
Dynamite style “sweet jumps” on our bikes with Tony, Mary, “Dr.Alan”, Ziv, and Neal showing us how it’s done.
We ended the night singing karaoke around the barbecue (with our new upgraded karaoke speaker) and dancing. Tina showed us how to two step to some country tunes on the soul cycle, and we danced to some old
school Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington.
It was an awesome night and we look forward to more! Some pics areposted of this event. More to be posted later. If you have pics of this event, please post them.
CRUISER OF THE WEEK:
Speedy Shari has launched herself into the southbay cruiser scene-literally when she won several Bull Races on Saturday night. She’s also well known in the short time she’s been riding for blazing a trail along the bike path, leaving nothing but burnt rubber in her wake. We love having her on the rides and we love that she is
starting to lead some of her own. Congrats Speedy!
THEMED RIDES FOR SEPTEMBER:
The Roller Derby Ride II: Jocks and Cheerleaders…Bring It on! – Sept 13th, 2008 – Details will
be posted on our website soon. Meanwhile save the date. We will ride out, dressed as jocks and cheerleaders, to watch the Angels City Derby Girls compete in El Segundo. Two of our Southbay Cruisers will be in this game.
Southbay Bicycle Music Festival: The Pajama Jam –
September 20th, 2008. We have two returning acts: The 3 Heads, & Delfina plus two other acts: Kris Angelis, and Jennifer Vazquez. Details will be posted on our webiste soon. In the mean time save the date.
OTHER WEEKLY CRUISER RIDES:
Jolly, and Neal, as well as new assistant organizers
Galloping Mary Caldera, and Speedy Bones Shari are posting weekly cruiser rides. You will start to see these on our Facebook calendar soon. These are smaller rides that mostly run along the strand-we light fires at dockweiler, barbecue, sing to guitar music etc. on these rides.
Pictures for this ride will be posted soon on www.southbaycruisers.com
Have questions about the Southbay Cruisers? Send us an email to email@example.com
Its great to make new friends when you’re on a bike. Pics courtesy of Leese. I don’t encourage belligerent drinking actions or biking while intoxicated. Please be safe out there!
Put a couple headlights on the stoker handlebars for full headlight sweep..
View from the cockpit.read more
First of all, I really enjoyed the ride Fri night. I had a FANTASTIC time with the ride.
I think that so far the ride is pretty good and has a lot of potential to be a GREAT POSITIVE event in the South Bay.
Some of the concerns I have listed below.
A common call and response to alert riders ahead of “BIKE DOWN” or other concerns to get the ride to stop or slowdown.
* Walkie talkies and set them to a common channel to communicate.
* Encourage helmets and lights and safe conduct.
Some of the GREAT things about the SJ Bike Party:
* The fun vibe from MOST of the people.
* Friendly positive riders.
* People looking out for one another.
* ALL THE COOL DIFFERENT STYLED BICYCLES.
* JUST BEING OUT ON A BIKE!
Some of the BAD things about the SJ Bike Party:
* Too many drunk riders; I saw a girl fall into a parked car, another lay her cruiser down and another riders tire hit her head.
* A guy got $100 dollar ticket from SJPD for drinking a beer on his bike RIGHT IN FRONT OF SJPD. (for the record, he didn’t give up the course of the ride, he didn’t know it or have a directions list)
* The guys doing graffiti tagging “BIKE PARTY.” That’s a sure-fire way to get the ride shut down before it begins.
* Crude behavior by some of these “Animal House” type of drunkards
* A female rider that flipped off some drivers while running a red light.
* The cowards kicking over newspaper boxes and causing damage to the environment by littering. Come on now!!
Overall I had a great time in spite of the drama from SJPD, the crude behavior from some of the participants and getting lost due to some mishaps. I’d do it again!