Bike + Menorah December 9th, answer the call!
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Great idea & I think I already have some. See! This is why one should never_throw_anything_away.
Awesome job, Pseudacris! Can’t wait to see that in person.
+1 Pseudacris! My first two thoughts were: (1) Menorah-Mania, truly excellent work!! and (2) Coraplast comes in cylinders?? Major implications for pannier organization.
Really looking forward to Sunday’s ride.
Who invited Pseudacris? She’s making everyone else look bad! :p
Drewbacca, there’s no way to come and look bad. Goofy? Well, sure, but we all will. Got a dagger for you if you want.
Not sure if I’ll make it or not, but will definitely wear a dagger if I do!
Just a bump FWIW, this happens TODAY, Sunday 12/09 at 1630.
Sunday December 9th, 4:30 PM starting at 2100 Wightman street angling around about 6 miles, ending in Schenley Plaza for the big menorah lighting and Chanukah festivities.
More details of the route and event here: http://www.chabadpgh.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/590860/jewish/Menorah-Parade-and-Lighting.htm
hope to see yinz there.
Just a minor note, we will cut the climbing on murray to a minimum by cutting straight over on hobart, otherwise same route as the cars. Will be a beginner friendly ride. My wife will be shielding us by car from behind. In case anyone had fifth or forbes riding anxiety.
Great job Marko!
Anyone on the fence about coming out, please do, I have a dagger for you if you want to ride as a Maccabee.
Also (unpictured), we’ve got another rider with the menorah helmet. My oldest daughter.
She’s 7, so she’ll ride in the car until Schenley Plaza, but as long as it’s not too wet and soggy I’m sure we could all do a very slow ride on some path or sidewalk around there, let her feel a part of something she helped create.
Did I mention? She helped with the design tracing and foiling of both my menorah and all the daggers.
Made it as far as Oakland, then picked up a stone on Schenley Bridge. Not flat yet, but it will be…
Got tied up at a family function… looking forward to some photo evidence of the event!
Mazel tov, Byogman! Congratulations on a successful first, annual, menorah, bike ride. Nice turnout for a drizzly Steelers game day. Fun event. Happy Chanukah!
I think we had twelve riders? Hard to tell since we picked a few up en route. And if you can beleive this, I think it was slower than a flock ride.
Byogman, thanks for coordinating and it was nice to meet you. Happy Chanukah!
That was an awesome ride. Fun bicyclists, the lights were kicky (and you all did really well, very impressive) but what made it remarkable to me was the Community Response, for lack of a better term.
People seemed to know about menorah parades but were surprised to see a bike contingent, and they all responded to it as a positive. People waving, taking pictures, calling “happy holidays”. It was pretty neat.
Byogman, thanks for setting this up, you really did a nice job. And the older men I got to speak to at the car mustering point were all very kind, so you did a good job of communicating the intent – Bravo Zulu!
There was a P-G photographer at the start, and a lot of pictures taken along the route, maybe we’ll see some online in a few hours.
I hope we can do this again next year.
Thanks everyone for coming and making the first annual joint car/bike menorah parade a success.
I think next year, hopefully without rain in the forecast, most advance notice, and (hopefully) some official ok, we be able to bring the numbers up quite a bit.
It was a tough pace, hard to go that slow on two wheels behind all those pesky lumbering cars, but we managed! I think we can safely advertise this as an easy ride for anyone. Stu, looking to see you next year on a unicycle!
Huge thanks to Vannevar and Marko screening intersections and making it clearer that yes, we’re part of the parade, thank you (a couple impatient drivers as always). But as Vannever alluded, the community response was absolutely terrific.
My phone is in need of an SD card, so I have no pictures, but please everyone share theirs. Looking forward to the P-G photos and coverage, too. Thanks again everyone for making tonight a success.
I’ve got some family todos at the moment and haven’t figured out my schedule, but circumstances permitting, will be doing some more recreational nighttime riding with the menorah during the holiday.
So if that sounds fun to anyone else, let me know and I’ll announce when I’m riding. Also feel free to announce your own… these menorahs brought a lot of smiles tonight and deserve to be seen.
Glad i could make it and even gladder the rain stayed at bay while we were riding along.
Nice work by all who rode and especially to Byogman whom made it happen, glad to be able to share in your cultural tradition.
@Marko, oh yes, slower than a Flock ride, but then again, we don’t have police escorts corking for us on Flock rides.
but i think i did set a new personal record for the amount & durations of trackstands on a single ride.
Thanks again for the open invitation and Happy Chanukah byogman! I enjoyed hearing the kids screaming from inside the mini vans and the filled donut.
Hey, for everyone thanking me, please be sure to thank vannevar. He got me thinking about this as a way to do what I couldn’t with flock, did some great promotional work I had totally neglected, kept the thread going, got us going with the formal parade (much better) when I was on the fence about waiting for another couple riders (they caught up, no problem) AND got out there screening the intersections before I even thought of it. This couldn’t have been a success without him and probably wouldn’t have happened at all.
Thanks, Vannevar! (and apologies to all for being one of the late riders who had to catch-up!)
BYogman and Pseudacris, you’re both over-kind, I was just one of a dozen out there. I really like riding with yinz and I had a blast.
Thanks to everybody, and I suppose especially to the leadership of the Chabad that allowed Ben to do such a crazy thing.
Also, a blogger was taking pictures of the bikes, she said she’d have them online Monday.
Attempted bit of google-fu, please google bring up this year’s ride not last?
If anyone else want to link to this year’s thread:
or the facebook group:
These would be the best way to help people find current information.
^Perhaps one of the moderators could alter the thread titles to include the year? This will help make sure people show up on the right date.
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