9.14.2014

bikes.


a little more than a bump on the head... but I hear he is going to be okay... either way... send good thoughts and positive vibes his way


a lover of bikes
a lover of life

heal up my brother



hope that you heal up without too much of a set back
and snag that hospital gown and wear it at the next DC Bike Party!




Debbie Harry of Blondie...


call me... on the line
call me call me any time

I am not sure if I get it... but I get that it is cool


B is for Bicycle
I am not sure if I have ever seen Vendetta

Riding in a few minutes-  interested? 

a bicycle version of this would be good for hand signals...

me...  I am not a big fan of signaling on the bike...

in my personal experience I have found that most people do not see the cyclist and it is best for the cyclist to be in control with their hands on the handlebars and fingers near the brakes
but I guess I signal sometimes
but most of the time...
I try to move like a ghost... not expecting car drivers to slow or stop for me

LED Gloves
www.moolala.com

POV Video of a cyclist getting Doored...


"doored"
"the door zone"
here is a pov video of a NYC cyclist getting doored


I ride in a style to avoid being "doored"
I have never been doored
but I have had countless close calls
as the expected place for cyclists to ride is so often IN THE DOOR ZONE!
DOORED on the Gwadzilla page

there is a method to the madness
the zigging and the zagging
the serpentine movement through traffic
it is not for the thrill of it
it about PUTTING MYSELF WHERE I AM MOST SAFE
avoiding conflict... avoiding danger
trying to stay clear of the WORST CASE SCENARIO

DOOR ZONE on the Gwadzilla Page

car drivers... look for cyclists
especially when getting out of your parked car
double especially when your opening door obstructs the bike lane
odd where the placement of the bike lane is
seems sort of illogical that the bike lane is supposed to be sanctuary while the door zone is almost certainly the danger zone for cyclists

be safe on the bike
be considerate when in the car

cyclists assume that you are invisible to the car driver
car drivers... always assume that there is a bicycle in the bike lane


Paul has developed some solid point and shoot skills... I will have to step up my game... here are some of Paul's shots from the September DC Bike Party


September DC Bike Party
here are some photos by Paul


my words and images on the same topic
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=dc+bike+party



some of the oldest and some of the youngest members of the DC Bike Party
and of course... 




pro woman's cycling kit raises more than eyebrows...

I wonder... after the less than positive reception
will they go back to the old kit
or will they race in this unorthodox kit?

9.13.2014

Welcome to Washington... have a nice pedal across the country... but first pull it over



there were two participants at the last DC Bike Party who were in the early stages of a cross country bicycle ride
during the DC Bike Party they got pulled over
I think they were pulled over for running a red light

I stopped for a second... but did not feel that I needed to get involved
thought that the riders could appeal to the officer's human side
as they talked I could hear the riders claiming that they did not know the dc laws
or something to that effect

not sure of the end result
I hope that the officer issued a warning rather than a ticket

it did not seem to make sense for me to stick around
as I am not a lawyer
and really
I am not sure how I could have helped





article about Ian...


Ian and one of his sisters hanging in the park across from Heller's bakery
when my kids were his son's age we used to gravitate towards this park

saw Ian's sister the other day... she was wearing a sling of sorts
she had just been hit by a car on her bike
I tried to recommend Bike Law
but she was satisfied with her representation

Interview with Ian... short article... not too many questions... maybe fewer answers


and that... that is a different Ian
the episode of Soft Focus with Ian and Ian is an amusing one
and then Alec...
Ian's brother... a powerful figure in the DC punk scene in the '80's



a number of people gave the bike party a head start... funny... we caught them and then ran into each other again at the midway pit stop... then somewhere along the line we lost them again... but found them... hard to lose the massive bike party


good time catching up with people at the DC Bike Party
there was talk about bike parks at Rockburn and Germantown
and how DC NEEDS a Bike Park
with mention of Fort Dupont as a good option



there was talk about injuries and recovering from injuries
something that I am more familiar with than others
over the last many years I have made more visits to orthopedic specialists than most cyclist

am I crashtastic?
I guess so




9.12.2014

classic shots of Byron... I miss running into Byron... I wonder what life is like for him south of the border


it always brightened my day to run into Byron

Byron moved back "home" a few years ago

how many years did he work as a messenger?
decades?

the episode with John Dinn... well, how things unfolded reminds me of the value of an identification bracelet; cyclist\runner dog tags


as I am not the type to attend Interbike I am about to spout off on something I do not actually know...
but beer can do that to ya

Road Id and Sports Tag Id are the top two quality sports identification wrist band products on the market

had my friend John Dinn been wearing an identification bracelet when he collapsed and was picked up by the ambulance after having a heart attack there may be the chance that they could have contacted his wife
instead of her going into a panic and having to play detective and find her husband

currently I do not have a ID wrist bracelet... all have been lost or broken... I think it is time to invest in another one

no offense to John
but I thought a photo of Liz Hatch would be more entertaining than a photo of John Dinn
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=hatch

and yes... I am happy to report that my friend John is doing fine
recovering from a heart attack
a serious heart attack

HTFU... a mantra that I long since forgot... a mantra that my life could definitely use


Harden the F_ck Up

youngest DC Bike Party participant ever?


I think so.

but that is an unsubstantiated claim

some randome thoughts about the Bike Party... with rapid growth there are often growing pains... the DC Bike Party is going through some growing pains

it is interesting... the passage of time... growth... change
it is happening right in front of our eyes
the bicycle culture is growing
in nearly so many aspects the cycling culture is growing

more commuters... more racers... more social riders
okay... fewer messengers
but so may aspects of the bicycle culture is growing
 the concept of the social ride is spreading 

the number of social rides in DC is growing
the number of riders at each social ride is growing
the DC Bike Party is GROWING!

which is what we want... we always wanted a bigger party at the DC Bike Party
 but... with this growth comes change
a ride of two dozen cyclists is much more easy to manage than a ride consisting of hundreds of cyclist

How many people attended last nights DC Bike Party?

a glance at images from the DCBP show that it was a massive amoeba on wheels
but how many wheels?
if we find out how many wheels and divide by two we will have a good estimate as to how many people attended the DC Bike Party Country Club Cruise
tandems will balance out unicycles to give us a moderately accurate estimate with his measure

although I do not know the exact numbers... I do know it was a massive group of people on bikes
maybe the largest DC Bike Party to day
but that is a guess
an uneducated guess


the bike party is a social ride
it is a cruiser ride at a cruiser pace

the DC Bike Party has a diverse mix of people
the majority of which are not cyclists
but newbies to the whole bike scene
while the bike party also includes long time avid cyclists

avid cyclists from all different subgroups of the cycling world

the mixture of different skills and different comfort levels can make for some awkwardness

the DC Bike Party may be one massive group
but really...
the DC Bike Party is comprised of many individuals

but to make this thing work
we need to work together
we need a shared objective
we need a shared vision
we need a shared understanding

there needs to be a method to the madness
there must be some control over the chaos

it seems to be that the simple way to keep things organized is to keep things moving
to keep things moving as one long caterpillar
not multiple segments
not the stop and go that is caused by the fragmentation of the ride

we need to keep the segments together
flowing forward
never stopping would be the best option
seldom stopping would be acceptable

but separation?
the fragmenting of the group disrupts the flow

how do we maintain flow?

  

How do we keep the massive caterpillar from breaking apart
should we "cork?"
are we allowed to "cork?"
what is corking?


the police frown on corking
the police discourage corking
it seems the police do not understand corking
there have been threats from police about ticketing for corking

CORKING IS NOT A CRIME!

corking is part of the process used for the presidential motorcades
and
the car line in a funeral procession will travel through intersections ignoring the light to stay in line with each other sometimes with\sometimes without corking

how do we get the right\acceptance to cork?

I think removal of the police presence would be a step in the right direction
to quote Mickey Rouke as Charles Bukowski in BARFLY, "I do not mind police, I just feel better when they are not around"

because really... I think the police presence is causing more harm then good
I do not feel that they are on the same page
the police officers harassing the bike party does not seem like good use of our tax dollars
there are greater crimes than a mass of cyclists taking an evening tour of the city

the slow pace red light running is not as much of a danger as a car doing the same thing
I think the DC Police could make better use of their time
there are plenty of real criminals committing real crimes
chaperoning a bicycle ride seems like it should be low on their things to do list

are they there to protect us? 
or 
are they there to harass us?

I do not see them as making things more safe
but rather as a annoying presence that is harassing the DCBP participants

tickets... threat of tickets... the patrol car following with the detective on the loud speaker

I recall may bike parties ago there were bicycle cops
now that is something that I think would work better

take the car out of the equation
put the police officer on a bike and let them better understand what is going on

yet still... better... but not vital
I am for removing the police presence 

which may be too late... they have been invited to the DC BIke Party
now it is not just on their radar but part of their routine


but what to do?
what are other cities doing?

how does the Denver Cruiser Ride handle the masses?
or that Minneapolis Slow Ride?
what are these other events doing differently?
how do they make it work?


bigger is not always better
as adverse to change as we may be... change happens

how do we adapt to make this work?


then pace... 

for me... if I can go for a ride before the DC Bike Party I end up having a better bike party experience
the DC Bike Party is not the place to "get your ride on"
this is not a work out
this is a slow paced social ride

the hammerheads... well... they may want to meet up on the same day and take an alternate route at an alternate pace
the slow paced cruiser ride is not for everyone
in fact... I had my doubts it was for me... but despite my initial feelings
I attended my first bike party nearly 2 years ago and really enjoyed myself
and have been looking forward to the 2nd Wednesday of every month ever since



so... what are the options?

I think the best idea is for everyone to accept the DC Bike Party is what it is
if you want to change it... attend an organizational meeting
work with the leaders... become a leader
otherwise...
go with the flow

there are other rides
less social rides
more intense rides

I will admit... I am still trying to figure out where I fit into all of this bike party thing
I let the group go... then I chased it
my SD card filled up fast and kept me from doing my camera thing
but I still migrated from the back to the front then to the back again
only to chase to the front again

maybe I was trying to fulfill my need for input
yes... blame it on my ADD

more on this later...

here is the DC Bike Party Page

then of course... more information on their Facebook page and they have an event page for each monthly ride



custom paintings on messenger bags... a project spearheaded by Ratio King himself...


Ratio King's Where the Wild Things Are Bag
apparently he has commissioned an artist for this project and is able to take on other projects
too cool


how do you get a bag like this?
find the Ratio King and put in an order
where can you find him?
on his bike!


total rookie mistake... showed up at the DC Bike Party with no space on my SD Card... total rookie mistake... hard to balance all the tasks of life


September DC Bike Party Photos
no... not many... no... nothing sensational
but yes... a few photos from the September DCBP
only a handful

DC Bike Party on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/DCBikeParty

thanks Eric\Angela\Leah... whoever organized this month's DC Bike Party
thanks to the volunteers for their efforts
DC Bike Party's Country Club Cruise

this was the DCBP with the most elevation gain
I enjoyed the hill... but I had to weave my way to the top
hard to pedal the single speed at the granny gear pace
I bet many of those newbies were feeling it in the quads the next day

always intrigued to see where these rides take me


great seeing familiar faces and friends
while also making new friends


Dupont is such a great park
but the DC Bike Party may have outgrown Dupont Circle as its launching pad
the exit from the park was slow
maybe a larger space with an approach to traffic where there is less traffic


previous Bike Party photos

and of course...
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