Kipchoge and Eco invited me to a hard-rocking Manu Chao show on Wednesday night and uncovered a new use for the Down Low Glow. Our group of eight people was dancing in an enormous crowd at Bill Graham Auditorium. The room was dark, save for the strobe lights coming from the stage.
A few minutes into the show, we were already dispersed through the crowd. I caught a red glow in the corner of my eye and saw Kipchoge holding this intensely bright red line in his hand. It took me a minute to figure out he had grabbed the Down Low Glow from my bike. Our group came together and danced for a few songs before splitting apart again. Later we put the Down Low Glow on the floor and had a great disco circle a few minutes before a really hard moshing number came up and I grabbed the lights so they wouldn’t get kicked.
Then after the show I still had the lights in my pocket, and our group was totally split up. So I went out to my bike and just there making a peace sign with the DLG tubes sticking out from my finger in a big V. Within a few minutes, people I didn’t know were standing next to me, calling their friends on their cell phones, saying “I’m next to the guy with the neon lights!”
Kipchoge got up on the Long Tall Sally, the first ever Xtracycle tall bike with a passenger deck up at the top level! I had seen pictures from Interbike last year of an Xtracycle Tall Bike made by Aaron from Ride Your Bike.com, but there was no upper deck on that one.
Kipchoge’s is pretty sweet. I wish I had a shot of him and Eco ‘crowd-surfing’ it after the Manu Chao show, but alas, here are a couple from the night after, coming home from the Citizen Cope show at the Grand. And don’t miss this video.
Whoah, apparently Kipchoge is not the only one to think of a tall bike with a passenger seat. And not only that, it’s also called the Long Tall Sally.read more
OK, maybe this will seem like a small thing to you, but it meant a lot to me.
I was coming home from the workshop on my racing bike with the Envy Green DLG, and I hit the West Oakland BART stop as usual. The BART attendant was walking back to her booth, and she stopped and said “Ooohhh, that’s a nice light! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like that.”
So I told her a little about it and gave her a card. She said “that looks like a great gift for father’s day.”
Then as I was buying my ticket, she waived me over and handed me a $3 ticket. I told her “that’s the nicest thing anyone on BART has ever done for me.”
And she said, “That’s a shame.”read more
We are excited to announce our sixth ride which will start and end in front of the Lighthouse Cafe at Hermosa Pier in Hermosa Beach!
The Lighthouse Cafe
30 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(The Lighthouse Cafe is not a lighthouse. It’s a bar about 50 yards from Hermosa Beach Pier.)
We will meet on Friday, JUNE 15th, 2007 at 8:15PM/ride at 8:30PM SHARP-RAIN or SHINE.
HERE’S THE PLAN: We will start our musical journey from Hermosa Beach Pier and ride through the streets of Redondo and Hermosa. We strongly encourage you to come in costume. It’s not required for the ride, but it makes for a fun evening. And we are all about having fun on our rides. We will see Best 80’s Female, Best 80’s Male, and Best 80’s Couple get recognized. Also special recognition will be given to the most creatively decorated 80’s bike. We’ll be entertained by 80’s music booming from the soul cycle bike stereo system while on our musical journey.Hermosa Beach will never be the same again after this, our sixth Southbay Cruiser Bicycle Ride. You won’t want to miss it!
Do you have a unique locking style? How you lock the bike may affect how you Rock the Bike. Here’s one that caught my eye recently:
Bike locked to trash can in front of MetreonBike locked to trash can in front of Metreon
Close-up bike on trash can.: Guess he’s not worried about the paint job. Close-up bike on trash can.: Guess he’s not worried about the paint job.read more
What’s up SF Cruisers?
This year there are so many great free concerts at Stern Grove. I’d love to have the SF Cruiser Ride mobilize a daytime cruise to a bunch of these. My suggestions are in bold. Which ones do you want to hit? Post comments here and lets get the schedule nailed down so we can publicize it in the Guardian or Craigslist.
HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
The Paul Thorn Band
THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT
HYIM & the Fat fOakland Orchestra
(No hiphop headliners at this years show — this is as close as we get. Should be fun.)
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Classic New Orleans jazz band. Should be very hot. Lavay Smith is a great vocalist.
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
James Gaffigan, Conductor
Los Amigos Invisibles
Breathing Under Water, FEATURING ANOUSHKA SHANKAR & KARSH KALE
Non-Stop Bhangra Collective
ANDY PALACIO & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE
Hugh Masekela is an amazing African trumpet player who has created some very warm jazz instrumentals. I’ll definitely be at this one.
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director
Ballet in the sunshin. Irrestistible.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Thanks to Bike Rod N Kustom for posting this amazing cruiser, Elliot Norris’ Full Tilt. If you’ve never read BR&K before, it’s highly recommended. Great community site for the custom chopper and cruiser scene. A new ‘edition’ of this web magazine comes out, roughly, three times a year. And the editors host a cool series of events in Louisiana and New York.
At the Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) May 25 and 26, Fossil Fool taught a workshop on how to make a one-of-a-kind bicycle audio system.
- Overall concepts
- Picking amps and speakers and batteries.
- Designing a wiring harness and front mounted controls. Jacks, connectors, wire gauges, switches, etc.
- Building a music cabinet. Overview of the different cabinet making options — wood, fiberglass, etc. How to deal with ports, calculate speaker volumes, and make airtight cabinets for good bass response. Also, a few topics on 3D design.
- Picking a good base bike (no, not bass bike). What makes a bicycle suitable for a Soul Cycle mobile audio system? We’ll review the options: Xtracycle Sport Utility Bikes, Side By Sides, Commuters bikes, etc.
This ride already happened. Here are some pictures:
Celebrate a successful Bike To Work Day and a beautiful May evening with the Rock The Bike crew (Fossil Fool, the Juice Pedaler, and friends) as we take a tour of East Bay hot spots after dark.
The After Cruise will kick off with beers at Lanesplitter’s Pizza on Telegraph in Oakland, then head through Temescal, Piedmont, Lake Merritt, and other barhoppy neighborhoods in the East Bay. We’ll be starting the bike ride around sunset. Show up by 7:30 and you won’t miss us.
I’m particularly excited about this cruise because it’ll be the first night out for my new Soul Cycle Chopper. Follow the progress on Flickr and you’ll see that this has been quite a prolonged effort. Come Thursday, it’ll all be worth it!
Late at night we’ll end up at Luka’s Tap Room for House and Techno dancing. Voted East Bay’s best club by Express readers.
Bring some fluids for refreshment and lights for decoration and safety. And a lock for stops.
Posted by fossilfool
04/28/2007 – 10:00
Sorry for the late notice everyone, but tomorrow is the Beach Impeach, when thousands of people will arrive at Ocean Beach to spell out the word IMPEACH with our bodies. Meet at 18th and Valencia at 10 and look for me on the chopper.
More info: http://www.beachimpeach.org/sfa28.html
Seriously people, what do you have to do to get impeached around here?!!read more
The Southbay Cruisers ride to ocean breezes as we listen to music coming from our bike stereos. We have themed rides in the southbay cities of Los Angeles,CA. This ride will be a special “Bonfire” ride. We will start and finish at Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo.
After riding through Playa Del Rey we will finish back at Dockweiler where we will unload firewood from the xtracycle and build the first ever Southbay Cruiser community fire. We will have a drum circle after the event so feel free to bring drums, or other musical instruments-marshmellows and a stick too if you want.
Anyone is welcome to our ride provided that they respect the communities that we ride through. If you are under 16 years of age, please bring a parent or guardian. Maps of the ride and more details to follow. QUESTIONS? Please see our website at www.southbaycruisers.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See map: Google Maps