Bike + Menorah, year 2!
This evening I was riding and saw a cyclist exiting the Hot Metal Bridge to the Jail Trail featuring a Menorah on his helmet. I’m thinking it was Ben.
Ben was that you? About 5.15?
Yup. Got the backup backup menorah together and just felt like strapping it to my helmet this morning.
It was bizarre but fun being the most conspicuous thing around.
@byogman, you need a velomobile with a menorah on the top and white ground effect lights underneath. THEN you’ll be conspicuous.
Well I don’t have that.
But I do have this now:
Figured it might be a good idea, with visibility a concern with tomorrow’s storms.
Let’s just say it’s a good thing I don’t have to defuse any bombs. I had an interesting enough time wiring a ceiling fan (in fairness to me, this is in a 113 year old house with botch job knob-tube wiring that shorted).
Bump today for
4:45pm Start Chanukah with a Grand Menorah lighting in front of the City-County Building.
Where: City County Building
Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The bike trailer menorah will be in attendance. Will take a short loop of downtown over to Southside -> Hot Metal Bridge thereafter anyone wants to come.
I’m going back to squirrel hill the long way (up Neville) since I’m not real sure my trailer fits on sidewalk and I can imagine the screams if I try to ride uphill with that thing on a major motorist corridor. Want to keep the impressions positive. If it’s not too miserable, after Boundary->Neville, will probably take a gratuitous lap in Oakland (West on 5th to Magee before turning back on Forbes) if anyone wants to follow on for that.
Since this is the day of, no additional menorahs not expected, just looking for moral support. It’s hard biking pulling a parachute! Also realized very quickly on my ride today that the tires don’t have anywhere near enough pressure, though that’s a more minor factor.
Probably too late to use this year, but the White Electroluminescent (EL) Tape Strip would make for some awesome candle sticks.
@byogman Air up at the 3rd/4th Ave bike parking facility.
No guarantees I’ll join you, but thanks for the reminder.
I’m sorry, I had some GI issues yesterday which unfortunately resumed today with lunch. I waited for things to settle and then figured I’d do better take advantage of the window of relative calm than to stay till the end of the day and hope for the best. It was fun if a little challenging riding home today. Hopefully more fun and less challenge when I’m 100%.
Sorry, I talk all around the point. Translation: I won’t be there at the lighting.
Today… still on for December 2nd, the ride with the cars obviously. I think I’d rather poop my pants than miss it. Today, that would have been a real risk.
Note to the group. If there is any real possibility of GI incident of any description come Monday, and boy do I hope this passes (unintentional pun) before then, I won’t actually ride, was a figure of speach. Though the ride would go on with Vannevar as leader anyway.
So no need to be checking here for the latest and greatest on my health, and sorry for having shared rather too much already. Speaking of forecasts which do matter more, looks like Monday is currently project free of precip and in reaching into the comparatively balmy low 40s.
Here is what I cobbled together in a couple hours. In addition to the little light set I got from @byogman, it consists of a tangerine box, some Tinkertoys, and a couple different kinds of tape. I may decorate it a bit more, but here you can see all the functional pieces.
Stu, that looks awesome! I love the use of the crate to frame it. Nice job.
Non-East-enders: Is there any interest in meeting up to ride to the start? Say from the north end of the hot metal bridge?
Bah, I am coming in from Shaler. Anybody going from the Oaklandish area?
I’m happy to ride with you or anyone else up from Dippy, closing the loop, if you will, for the non squirrel hill residents. Let me know.
Only warning, I am SLOW dragging the trailer.
Bump with the weather forecast: Unseasonably warm and only a 15% chance of rain for the ride. Hope to see yinz Monday, 5.15 pm. Cheers, V.
How many lights should be on, and working from left to right, numbered 1 to 9, which should be on?
Stu, Ben’s advice was to illuminate them all (all nine). That’s what most of the cars were doing. Last year, that’s what the bicyclists did.
My helmet menorah will have all ablaze.
The trailer will not because one light fell and has become troublesome since. Given a choice between 6 and 7 reliably ablaze, I’m choosing 6 for being reflective of the day in question.
Is it even possible to control lights individually with those kits? If so, that’s interesting new information.
If you can and want to go with 6 rather than 8, that’s fine. It’s an individual choice, just one all of us last year chose toward the 8 end for max visibility. I don’t think we were 6 days in at that point, however, so the visibility difference would be smaller this year.
I’m soliciting volunteers for roles:
Cokers(2) (high viz gear strongly recommended).
Public relations (figure that’s split between me and Vannevar. In any case I’m on the hook)
Youth coordinator (there’ll be boys (I think only 2 or 3) riding w/out parents post bar mitzvah but not necessarily by much… was my decision and I’ll own keeping them in line and helping if they need it).
AAA (In the unlikely event of a crash or bike maint issue preventing a (non-adult) rider from continuing, who’ll carry patch supplies and whatnot and hang with said rider till they get either to destination or home. Again, that’s me since I invited young-uns. If someone has a kit for scrapes and whatnot, that’s appreciated. I’ll have a patch kit. Is anyone cool to “carry the torch” (lug the trailer) in the unlikely event of something like this happens?)
Since there have been no takers on the Southern meeting point, who wants to meet at Dippy? Leaving about 5:15 pm?
This sounds like a great ride but won’t be able to join. Safe riding! :)
3 hours until departure (2:45 or 2:15 to meet at Wightman & Hobart or Dippy, respectively)!
Bikeygirl, want to extend a thanks to you and all the folks at flock for inspiring bike lighting and silliness in this tahn.
Folks on the fence, really, what is there to loose? A short slow ride on a weirdly warm day, doing something uniquely silly and uniquely Pittsburgh (San Fran is doing this year, but they copied us). People cheering you, and a show and some treats at the end.
And no Menorah, no problem! Come as you are, or if you feel like being a Maccabee, I just loaded these into the Panniers:
Hope to see you there!
I’ll be at Dippy at 5, leaving at 5:15 for those who want to ride up together.
Sorry guys, I am out. I have some problem with shoulder and arm and ofo of bike for another two weeks.
We had about 15 riders. Like last year it was much fun, although we did get a little spread out – cars too. The addition of the teenagers went fairly well, and hopefully they’ll try their bikes for other short trips.
I hope you get over your cold Byogman & thanks for organizing the ride.
Thanks Markov, and everyone. It was a little crazy, but it worked out OK and had more than it’s share of great bits. Great menorahs, great fellowship. Nice to see the audience broadening to teenagers more. A natural thing to happen but wasn’t expecting more than a couple and we got, what, five or so?
Personal favorite image. Stu on a unicycle, holding his bike cam taking video of us, the lagging group with legs whipping around at high rpm on Craig street and fifth avenue. A sight to behold.
Will be more involved with the planning of the parade as a whole next year to make it easier to keep the group together.
BTW next year we’ll be on the official parade flyers. I told the organizer that jackpot for me would be simply if this became designated the Menorah parade, or Channukah parade rather than the “car menorah parade” which we join… we’ll see if he’s willing to take the message that far. It will by then be year three…
Mikhail wrote:Sorry guys, I am out. I have some problem with shoulder and arm and ofo of bike for another two weeks.
Mikhail, I’m sorry about your wing. Heal up and get well soon!
Photo dump, terrible blurriness on most.
Others please share, I’m sure we’ve got better.
From Monday’s parade:
Mayor-elect Peduto lighting the Menorah in Schenley Plaza
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