Flock of Cycles December Party Ride
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December 14th. Meet at 5:30 at Dippy, leave at 6, as usual.
Flock trailer playing ridiculous holiday music. Riders wearing ridiculous holiday sweaters. Bikes wearing ridiculous holiday lights.
It will be awesome. Who’s in?
I’ll be there. Maybe sometime between now and then I can digitize some oddball 45s of Christmas music. Maybe even a couple of 78s.
Does anyone have “Kill a Tree for Christ” by Celtic Elvis? If not, I’ll see if I can scrounge up a copy before then.
December 14th. Meet at 5:30 at Dippy, leave at 6, as usual.
FWIW, I’d like to respectfully request that Flock emphasize the leave at 6. This time of year, standing around an extra ten minutes is frigid spirit-sapping buzzkill. If we’re going to say “meet at 5.30”, can we really leave at 6.00?
6pm, the Box progresses out of the launch pad, sounds of people clicking in, the assembled advance.
6.05, a late arrival finds an empty park. Hey, that’s OK! They’ve got a route map and we’re doing SixMilesPerHour.
Looking forward to it! Got my Highmark-Unity lights on the bike!
Yep, Vannevar, the late departure was my fault last time. Won’t happen again
Any chance of doing such a ride on a Sunday?
I have this image in my head that I can’t get out and can’t stop smiling about of somehow, some way, mounting a car menorah to my bike. If I had a ride to do it for I’d have no excuse but to live the dream.
Or, if we push to 6pm, that would be late enough for Saturday night to work as well.
yes, the last ride had a delayed start due to pearman’s “memory issues”.
(and it will totally happen again. )
Byogman, I don’t know that we can plan a second holiday ride under Flock’s official capacity, but I bet if you wanted to get a group together to do that, you wouldn’t have too much trouble convincing people from this board to go ride bikes on a weekend… I know you wouldn’t have to twist my arm too hard Also, your bike menorah idea sounds awesome!
When I asked about another day I wasn’t necessarily thinking of a second official ride.
Ideally it was, can we move the day for the official ride? Does Saturday at 6 work for people?
Non official rides are always cool. Just, to get motivated to do something that will involve money, time/hackery, or both,
I kind of was hoping to do it with the biggest possible group.
Anyways, I’m just one guy here… just feeling a bit wistful I guess about the Friday and Saturday rides I’m missing.
@byogman unfortunately there are no plans to have rides on different days at this time. We are hoping in the future to have more rides and special event rides. We are still reestablishing Flock and improving the quality of our Friday rides is our priority for now. But we do want to ride with you and we do have big plans for the future so standby.
@byogman – are you talking about the menorahs made out of PVC pipe? You might be able to strap the stem of the menorah to the vertical stays of a rear rack and use solar-powered string lights (target has them) for the flames!
I think a bike-mounted menorah should involve real flames…a 17 lb propane cylinder, regulator, manifold, and a few hoses wouldn’t weigh much.
Plus, the joy of cracking the valve w-i-d-e open when someone tailgates…”Can you see me NOW?!?!?!?!”
So, I’m new to this, but I have to wonder why the day is inflexible?? If having it on Friday evenings excludes some people from being able to participate, and your goal is to get max participation then wouldn’t it make sense to at least be open to trying different times?
1 Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me I will honor.”
(please see, Eric Lidell, Paris Olympics, 1924)
I am intrigued by the inquiry as to (1) do we always have to schedule this for Friday evening? and (2) the reference to a menorah.
Is it possible that a scheduling policy is having the unintentional, unanticipated, and undesirable effect of excluding somebody who observes a sabbath-day? Which might run sundown-Friday to sundown-Saturday?
Would it hurt so much to ride another day every now and then?
IANARM (i am not a religious man), but it seems like a fair question, and it might deserve a better answer.
But I am very very amused at the way it devolved into discussions of bike-mounted menorahs, and I was waiting to see who could find one in carbon-fiber.
Peace out, V.
I support Reddan’s idea x47
Anyone who wishes to can self-organize a ride and post it to this message board and/or submit it to the cycling calendar (see link in the nav bar above).
It happens a lot anyway with the dirty dozen training rides, Coffeeneuring challenges and such: so go for it!
The Flock of Cycles events are organized by a volunteer board and historically the rides have been on Fridays–I doubt it was picked out of insensitivity to Friday Sabbath observers. Maybe it could be changed, by why fix something that’s not really broken?
It would be great if someone chose to organize and add a Saturday regular ride to the mix of cycling activities in the Burgh!
p.s. to byogman — a search for bicycle-affixed menorahs does not turn up much so you may have discovered a niche! I did find a blog post featuring a guy in crown heights who put it on a bicycle trailer. It looked like the candle flames are bicycle lights– a clever touch.
There was a build-your-own flame cannon workshop advertised in the city a few years back —
Pseudacris, I don’t think anybody was trying to exclude anybody.
I believe everybody’s acting in good faith.
Here’s an Olde Schule Pittsburge 1.0 conversation:
Q. How come you do this Friday?
A. Because we always have.
Q. Any flexibility?
And I’m thinking Flock is very 2.0, and Flock is about change and adaptation, right?
We at Flock do not wish to exclude anyone from riding. Fridays were picked for various reasons. We also try to schedule the rides on times and dates that pull the most participation and convenience. Also we are volunteers who have school, work, and family responsibilities. Making the perfect schedule for everyone is difficult and we try hard to accommodate. At this time Friday works best for us, we do want in the future to include rides on other days but at this time we are focusing on perfecting our current scheduling. We do apologize to anyone who cannot make our rides I really do want everyone to have the opportunity to join us.
-Sincerely Marcel Means Flock of Cycles President
Hm, that is mildly insulting in a few different ways.
Anyhow, no harm in asking. I will defer to the ride organizers (who have jobs and classes and families).
 my comment is in response to Vannevar’s Pittsburge 1.0 comment
Marcel isn’t just a member, he’s the President.
@Pseudacris, I apologize.
If I may try to explain what I meant to convey:
I wanted to agree completely with you (Ps.) that there’s no intention to exclude, and that everybody is acting in good faith.
And then I wanted to go futher onto a general riff on the general theme with the larger group, but I continued writing on a post that started with your Web-Nomme and I should not have.
I meant no offense, I respect you, and I truly apologize. I am sorry.
@pbeaver,I always mix up that slogan in my head with the “You’re going to like the way you look, I guarantee it” guy.
Well, both PMTCC and WPW have rides on weekends during summer. So I would not participate in FOC on weekends. TeamDecaf has everything on Tuesday’s nights, PMTCC has OTB ride on Wednesday. So for some people 4 days are out.
But this is just me.
Hey guys. I appreciate the consideration. I know I’m going to miss some rides, so whatever I can do great, and whatever not, believe me that I don’t take it personally.
What I’m trying to arrange at the moment is that bikes (with Menorahs affixed of course) should join the car menorah parade on December 9th. Trying to get everything squared away but it looks likely. Dan, I love the real flames idea.
Will post here once I’ve got the official ok. I may omit the whole real flames thing to simplify the discussion
I may omit the whole real flames thing to simplify the discussion
I hear it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission…
asking for permission leaves a chance to be told No.
asking for forgiveness is too late to be told No.
Sadly, I am not in a position to do this. I have people to convince that this is safe if I’m going to do this next year, too.
But I can say, that there is a menorah ride on for sure. So Sunday December 9th, 4:30 PM starting at 2100 Wightman street angling around about 6 miles, ending at Schenley Plaza. More details here.
By the way, if in some different setting (say, a Jewish themed robocop??) you want to do a menorah that doubles as a flamethrower, this looks like an awesome start!
for once i actually wish i had a ridiculous christmas sweater. may just have to wear a green shirt & red sweater instead.
Count me in!
I’ll be there
Do me a favor if you have Facebook or Twitter or one of those other things and share/retweet info about the ride. (Not into newfangled social media? I suggest going old school: stand on tall things in crowded areas and yell about it. Or maybe send chain letters telling people they will be cursed for 17 years if they don’t tell 17 people about Flock.)
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/250025665124411/
At this point, we have as many RSVPs on Facebook for this ride as we did for the August ride during BikeFest, in spite of the August ride’s supposed advantages in terms of weather and contagious BikeFest enthusiasm. That makes me happy. But let’s make it even bigger.
You want things BIGGER? Take a look at this months Awesome route.
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