So there's this movement group called the FreakBike Militia or Nation and every so often they hold a "choppernite" group ride. Everyone around South Florida gathers for a ride and brings out their crazy bikes (custom chopped-up bikes or really any bike). For Halloween and Christmas they are especially encouraged to dress up, dress up the bikes, and just have fun! Word gets out and it attracts 100-200+ people. It's a family affair and becomes a big ride. Volunteers/ Corkies get stationed along the route to cork the parade safely around town. Now, if we can only get past the critically 5 people for the actual Critical Mass, that would be fantastic.
Since we ride past old retiree condos, one brilliant lady yelled at us "HEY! Who are you all?" and one girl was laughing "Hey! Who are YOU? and why are you hiding and yelling at us " lol. Mostly we just got a lot of applause and surprisingly, a lot of patience from motorists who were too busy filming us on their mobiles to get irritated.
Causing a ruckus in CityPlace
Huge guy on left versus spiderman kid to the right
Join us for the weekly Ladies Night Ride fun extravaganza! A reason to celebrate one of the most mundane days of the week with something new and interesting every ride (sometimes complemented by beer)! Guys are welcome to join for either a $5 donation or to dress up like a girl. Tonight we were graced by the presence of these lovely ladies in their dresses and gowns and lovely bicycles:
I've actually had this bike for over a month now but with apartment renovations and all I'm just now getting around to posting about it!
I managed to finagle locally an old Dutch bike for 50 bucks. With a little bit of adjustments, it runs good as new. Replaced tires and fixed the dynamo system. Every bike shop that I went to whom I told about it literally dropped their jaws. That customers have lately been coming in and asking for bikes like these with full chainguards and if they had one, they could easily sell it for upwards of $600 whereas a regular bike of that age would be worth next to nothing for them. It's an old 3 speed with drum brakes in the front hub and is much leaner than my Behemoth Gazelle. It has a bit of a sportier geometry so there is some weight on the arms, making it hard for me to talk on the phone (yes it really is a shame dont kid yourself). It's great in that also I am not as afraid of leaving it somewhere as I am with the fancy Behemoth because it's old and already full of scratches and it was 50 bucks. There is also an obvious sacrifice in ride quality since it looks to be a much lower end bicycle. The Behemoth is still the Cadillac King of my stable.
My boyfriend, who partakes on daily train commute rides, commented on how some gentlemen this evening were praising his Amsterdam bicycle and denouncing their mountain bikes for how fat and knobby their tires were as compared to his slick thin ones by the catch phrase "man you must go fast". Well I guess whatever piques interest!
Last month I finally made it out to the Critical Mass ride in downtown West Palm Beach. Critically, only about 5 people showed up so it's nothing amazing like the ones in the bigger cities but hey, we're trying. It's held every last Friday of the month and meet up is at the fountains downtown. Saw old faces and new faces and we had a fun time riding through parts of the area I have never been to! Our ride coincided with the Art and Wine event at the Northwood Village area, which is sort of like another downtown but further north of here. Tom was riding on his tall bike and commanded the attention of everyone on the streets with its awesomeness! It was amazing just watching him get on the thing.
Tonight we finally had the Ladies Night ride since last week it was cancelled due to lightning. We finally managed to catch a break with a spell of cooler dry air and a beautiful week of full moonlight. By cooler I mean that instead of 95 it was 91 today. There were the most riders as of yet tonight: a whopping total of 10! More than Critical Mass! We went out to the beach, had some drinks, laughs, and flew some kites in the moonlight. It was great meeting all of the new people, like Ken Steinhoff of Palm Beach Bike Tours - great chatting with you !
On unbearably hot summery South Florida days, we try to go out for a ride in the evenings. Sometimes it's Chipotle...sometimes it's Chinese...sometimes something else. And to actually work for getting some nommy food.
This past weekend two of our friends came up here and we took all 4 bikes and rode the Tri Rail down to do the Hollywood Beach ride. Turns out, they were also celebrating the Colombian Independence Day early down there. While I had wanted to go one of the festivals that were going on this past weekend in South Florida, due to absurdly high entrance fees we deemed it not worthy. So at least we did get to celebrate. The actual date is July 20th though.
Feliz Día de Independencia, Colombianos!
The air was hot and stale, the sand burned your feet, but the water was totally worth it. Lots of little fish everywhere! That and the Spumoni ice cream that is always our first stop. Then afterwards, pizza and beer is always a good combination!