While Tim reminds us that racing is coming up, and ghelf advises on what day is better to shower, I’m thinking of tracking the debut of the Brooks basket to all the baskets seen at the Handmade Bike Show.
Despite a threatening weather report we got a very reasonable turnout for last night’s RideCivil – 5 growing to 7 as we recruited a few more riders along the way. We managed to overcome the persistent drizzle around 5:30, and by the time we hit the road around 6:15 the rain dried right up. Our route meandered about 9 miles (props to Kat for the map!) through downtown on several big loops, and ultimately headed south to the Elysian Fields pub for a bit of food and beer before I had to head out. It was great to see folks from many different cycling communities coming together (Cascade, .83, Seattle Likes Bikes, and various commuters) all representing. Next time the Big Boom Box will definitely work.
Next up we’ll have a couple strategy and planning discussions, as well as announcement of next month’s ride. Check back here for future updates.
Some highlights: Some dude singing the lines to “Bicycle Race” by Queen to us from a cross walk. (Will be on the playlist for next time).
Nice Old Lady asking us if we were cops (I blame my ‘Stop’ gloves)
Cheers from the side walks
Self governing, self directing cycling crew
Great conversations about cycling and various other sundries
Good drinking and meal at the end
Looking forward to the next ride!
A couple improvements for next time: Music that works, and my trusty camera.
Need a bike to ride with us at SXSW or just get around town? Well, as part SXSW’s sustainability efforts, they’ve partnered with Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin to provide rental bikes to SXSW attendees. Reserve a bike soon, as the rental inventory is limited.
A bike will liberate you from all the SXSW Interactive PowerPoints – it’s pedals not panels and for all the details and more updates, keep checking the Bike Hugger BBQ @ SXSW page.
Back in the days of Jan Ullrich, about this time of year, he’d show up to races a bit overweight and the sausage and pastry jokes would start. This sausage rug would make a good “got fat in the winter” gag gift and reminded me of simpler times, when the cycling headlines were about Jan’s belly and not el dope.