June Flock Party
“the mysterious Ahlir“? Don’t tempt me… “Austin Ahlir, East End Man of Mystery”. (If you don’t think that’s bad… well, don’t tempt me.) My avatar is a monkey on a bike because I happen to like the image and, well, some of us have trouble getting behind this whole avatar thing. (Speaking of which, what exactly is Gravatar‘s business plan?)
If you’re wondering who I am, I was the guy with the camera. Didn’t anyone notice me? This is actually kind of interesting, since I felt a bit conspicuous snapping away. Oh, I did place myself in the photo at the EEB, I’m right there on the bottom, towards the left, holding a camera above my head.
But seriously, I’m not trying to hide and, as near as I can tell, “creepy” is not the first impression that I tend to make. But I’m probably about as shy/awkward as the rest of the people who’ve posted on this topic so far (I’m given to understand that only sociopaths don’t have this problem). So, we’re not the ones who are going to solve the problem. The folks who are already “inhabitants” of the Flock, on the other hand, are just the right people to do this: “Hi, my name is ____. What’s yours? Do you post on Bike-Pgh? Cool! What’s you screen name?” and [optionally] “Let me introduce you to ____”. You know, just like at some party that you’re hosting. I mean, don’t make it a burden for yourself, but do a bit of it. I can promise that I won’t blow you off. [Edit: Nick gets it, but he’s too busy doing other stuff.]
I’m glad there was a “guy with a camera” for the ride I couldn’t make
Ahlir, if you’re on the Flickr, be sure to add your photos to the flock of cycles pool.
Social butterfly, I am not.
I figure everyone knows me because I’m one of the few people with an actual face in my avatar. I also use the same photo on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter.
Conversely, I only connect faces with names on rides like this, and I’m generally horrible with names, so even when I actually do meet someone, it might take a ride or two, or hanging around a picnic table for an hour, before I finally process “oh THAT’S xxxxxx”.
Meanwhile, I’ll pass someone on the street who knows me and addresses me by name, and I’ll have to piece together what I know about who typically goes where at what time of day on whichever kind of bike, and and and …
Yeah, name tags would be nice.
Flock actually plans on doing a fundraiser selling reflective name graphics for bikes. We came up with the idea a while ago, but forgot about it.
I fabric-painted my forum name on the back of my old Flock shirt, which worked nicely, but I don’t wear sleeves once it hits 75°F or so.
maybe we all should get spandex team kits with our names on the back of the jerseys. Its my goal to get everyone to wear spandex so I don’t look like a dork.
Spandex doesn’t look dorky, it’s classic.
Dorky is wearing long pants tucked into your socks to keep the cuff out of the chain. Not that I care about these things.
Spandex doesn’t look dorky, it’s classic.
Clearly, either we haven’t met in IRL or you’ve blocked the memory.
In my book, the only time spandex looks classic is if the cyclist is going so fast he/she is only a blur.
Hey all you Flockers,
Thanks for making us a part of your ride – initially, w/ the keg plan, and then with the stop on the ride when that didn’t pan out.
I had to duck out before you arrived, but from the sound of things, you guys just CRUSHED us. This was great, as we always like it when we see lots of new faces (and even familiar ones), so thanks for that! But I’m guessing there was a lot of waiting around on your side of the bar while we churned thru the backlog. So, our apologies for that!
Next time (if there is a next time), we’d love to dial in something special for your visit… maybe opening up during hours when we are normally closed, or anything really, to better accommodate a LARGE (for us) influx of thirsty GOOD BEER fans.
And once we’ve moved into the new building, you can expect to find some killer bike parking too.
Thanks again for coming in!
Cheers – Scott
I was in the East End food coop on Saturday and an interesting young woman was giving tme the eye and smailing at me.
At one time, that wasn’t unusual – but that time was in the ’80s.
She finally said “I really like your ‘flock of cycles’ T-shirt.”
Thanks guys for a really great ride Friday night! (And the enticing T-shirt from sometime in the past)
@myddrin the only time spandex looks classic is if the cyclist is going so fast he/she is only a blur.
And even then only if the person isn’t passing other cyslists too close with no warning on the streets.
I wear spandex to appear faster than I am. I only past another cyclists once and he was locking his bike to a rack. I always say I have a sweet looking bike with a slow engine.
My dorky appearance is actually a conscious decision. I am making a fashion statement. I almost wore a necktie on this ride. The point: Cyclists do not always wear cycling attire. Bridesmaid dresses are another example.
I am here to mess with people’s ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H drivers’ heads.
Scott, as long as you are making good beer you will be seeing the Flock.
Stu, good for you. One of these day’s I’ll ride around on the tall bike in a suit.
Also, we will have new Flock of Cycles T-shirts next month!
I was sad i couldn’t get a growler,as i was a few dollars short and forgot we were stopping at EEB.But next time! I have consistently been making these rides since my schedule has cleared up on Fridays.I can’t wait for the next ride.Nick,Jane,Kayla,Dan and everyone else involved do a tremendous amount of work that no one really sees,aside from Nick’s speeches..haha.Keep it up guys,you make this city way more fun to ride in when you open up peoples eyes with how much fun they can have on a bike while still following laws,seeing new neighborhoods,and meeting new people.
Nick,Jane,Kayla,Dan and everyone else involved do a tremendous amount of work that no one really sees,aside from Nick’s speeches..
This was my first ride, but it was evident by how smoothly everything went that a lot of time and thought had gone into it.
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