One way or another, you have found yourself at Rock the Bike. I’m going to take wild guess here and say that you care about bikes, you love bikes. But why? What is it about bikes that we care about? What do they represent. A bike is just a bunch of steel, rubber, maybe a little leather here and there.
It’s bike culture, the magic of the bike, that we love. And it’s not the gear, the kit, the bike, the steel, the titanium, the electronics, that makes bike culture. It’s you. It’s your spirit, coming through the streets of your town, your smile, your creativity and light radiating to the eyes of children and onlookers, encouraging them to experience life fully.
Bike culture can be photographed and videotaped, but can it be experienced through a screen?
Without you, bike culture is a ghost.
Hosting an impromptu cruiser ride in Venice,CA, the Southbay Cruisers welcomed Paul Freedman, “the Bike Rapper” to Southern California. It was an awesome ride with Fossil pumpin’ up the jam with the “Choprical Fish”. We ran into a small crowd along the beach in Venice and Fossil entertained the crowd with a little Fossil Fool rap, while others in the audience pedaled away to keep the music alive. We also were fortunate enough to take part in a group rap session along the way.
Thank you Paul! You rock! Come back again soon!
The schedule so far is:
Monday at 5:30 PM ~ meet at Dolores Park next to the playground
6 -ish ~ “Antsy Pants”
6:10 ~ SHAKE YOUR PEACE!
6:40 ~ B:C:Clettes
7:10 ~ (((Ghost Family)))
7:47 ~ Sunset
Here’s a cool description of the B:C:Clettes –
We are an all lady, bike inspired, street-performance collective. Our performances are a celebration of bikes and those who like to ride them.
The B:C:Clettes are a Biker Collective, Creating Love, Equality, and Toughness Through Engaging Spectacle!
We will not be defined by words alone; instead you will find us perpetually in motion, taking back the streets for revolutionary use as bicycle ways and dance floors. We’re revolutionary, yes, like our wheels.
Hot, tough, and shiny — like the sexy steeds we tame and ride. Pedal, pump, coast and fly: we ride in all weather. Swing, shimmy, strut, and jive: we dance in all weather. We weather all storms as a collective, together.
We are artists, mechanics, scientists, students, designers, teachers, and writers, and baristas; jokers, inventors, leaders, neighbours, family, friends, and lovers, and sistas. This is a lifestyle of agility, sustainability, of respecting all ability.
Our bodies don’t end where our bikes begin. We’re beauty, we’re pride; we dance hard, roll fast, and tread lightly, loving life. We take risks; we’re a little different. We are a spectacle, a show, a delight. We are that giddy feeling you get riding pedal-powered for the first time: Exhilarated with newfound fun, you can’t wait to share your amazing secret with the world. We want to ride and dance and share our secret with you.
And one last thing: we won’t technically be able to be part of your dance-dance-party revolution, if there’s no bike parking available. So get on it!
I really wouldn’t ordinarily post this, I like Zeitgeist, but my burger (supposedly hot off the grill) was cold. And they served with biodegradable forks, fine, but where do I compost it?
And then I saw this and had to post it.
photo: Paul McKenzie
I’ve had some serious wanderlust recently and decided to head to Southern California. I’ve been wanting to stuff a few things in my bag and travel as a street performer with the Choprical Fish.
The night before my train, I had a photoshoot for the upcoming Clif Bar 2 Mile challenge, along with Gabe from SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and his friends from Utah. The 2 Mile Challenge is an upcoming college campus tour to promote bicycling. After the shoot, I packed my messenger bag with clothes and we all rode to Embarcadero BART so I could sleep in the workshop. What an amazing send off. We cruised by the ball park, where a game was letting out. We sang a call-and-response song as we were threading our way through the crowd. Epic!
It was my first time really traveling with the Choprical fish, so I put in a long night getting the bike road worthy. I never got around to sleeping.
The next morning at 6 I rode to the Amtrak in Emeryville from the workshop. I don’t have many occasions to ride the Choprical Fish without music, so that morning was very sweet. I swear the birds were responding to the squeak of my disc brakes.
The Amtrak people were friendly and did non make me put my bike in a box. I dismantled the audio components and stowed them as luggage. In Bakersfield I transferred to an Amtrak bus, and the bus driver gave me my own storage bay.
The hardest part of the journey was figuring out how to get from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. I rolled the Purple line to Wilshire Western and rode from there — about 16 miles. It took about two hours. I ain’t built for speed!
Once I got to the beach, it wasn’t long before I found the 3rd Street Promenade and set up as a street performer. Put the bike into human power mode and pulled up people to pedal. A few guest rappers of diverse ethnic backgrounds rapped in a Spanish, English, and Japanese. Pretty sweet welcome.
From Wired online
DJ Fossil Fool provides the BarCamp soundtrack. Pedaling a wired-up bike, he generates the power needed to run his sound system and light show.”
Kipchoge shows up for a little late night rabelrousing with the Long Tall Salley.read more
“THE 60′s BICYCLE LOVE RIDE!”
Grab your Tie Dye clothing, and hop on your bike! The Southbay Cruisers are taking a musical journey back to the grooviest and most colorful generation of all – The 1960′s! We will cruise on a 10 mile bicycle ride to Ocean scenes through the streets and neighborhoods of Redondo and Hermosa Beach,CA while we listen to some groovy tunes coming from the Soul Cycle Stereo system. Expect spontaneous singing and dancing along the way! Although not required, WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DECORATE YOUR BIKE AND YOURSELF for the occasion.This is one ride you won’t want to miss!
WHERE: Meet in front of the Lighthouse Cafe at:
30 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach,CA 90254
(The Lighthouse Cafe is on Pier Avenue Plaza right in front of Hermosa Beach Pier.)
WHEN: September 21st, 2007 Meet at 8:15PM/Ride at 8:30PM RAIN OR SHINE!
Don’t forget to bring a light, a blinky, and your 60′s dance moves! We ride at NIGHT!
“THE CREEPY CRUISE” Bicycle Ride
Halloween will come a little early in Hermosa Beach,CA this year as the Southbay Cruisers head off on their 10th cruiser ride – “The Creepy Cruise” This is one ride that you will want to come in costume for! We will cruise approximately 10 miles to ocean scenes through the neighborhoods of Redondo and Hermosa to some creepy halloween cruisin’ music coming from the Soul Cycle Stereo system. Details to follow. In the mean time, don’t forget to mark your calendars:
WHEN: October 19th, 2007; Meet at 8:15PM; Ride at 8:30PM
WHERE: Meets in front of the Lighthouse Cafe:
30 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach,CA 90254
(The Lighthouse Cafe is on Pier Plaza right in front of the Hermosa Beach Pier.)
Don’t forget to bring a light, and a blinky. We ride at night!
One evening I dropped off a DLG to a customer on 18th St. in San Francisco. As he opened his door and walked down his steps towards my glowing bike, he said “You guys really eat your own dog food.”
We are a bicycle based business. We do not have a company car. We use public transportation and bike to work. We ship our products on our Xtracycle SUB’s.
Being a bike based business has been a conscious choice. We’ve had chances to buy and use cars that were very affordable. And we do borrow vehicles occasionally for distant or especially awkward tasks, perhaps 4-5 times per year.
The main benefit of being a bike-based business is that we get to be out there in the bike community. It helps us connect with future customers and employees. And it feels good to carry your DLG orders to the FEDEX depot on our bikes.