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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009 edited
     
    Down Townies ride every Sunday morning. We meet at Velo Cult Bike shop at 9am. (1pm on October 17th)

    These rides are always slow, fun and social. Show up on any bike although most people show up on commuter style bikes.

    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    This sounds EXCELLENT!

    I've been thinking about doing a Sunday morning "ride-in" sometime at Velo.
    Maybe a few pans of hot food and some coffee.
    If there is some interest and folks don't mind chipping in, I think it would be a great way to start a Sunday.
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Would it be okay since all I have is my fixed gear? I'm so down to do this! i would love to come on this ride.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    any bike is welcome. it just needs to be said that fixed gears can tend to be quite fast for other bikes there will be on the ride so you would need to ride pretty slow. or we can just pick destinations and everybody just picks their own speed and meet up at the destination.
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I'm sure that I can check my speed for everybody. I think the idea of having a nice, leisurely pace is fantastic especially considering the various destinations. I love coffehouses, breakfast spots, and the farmer's market. They're all really great ideas!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    thanks. i've been thinking of this ride for a year now. now's the time to make it happen.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    yea im down, im with adam though, i only own my fixed, but im down for a slow ride.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    nice. glad to see everybody's into this.
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    That sounds great!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2009 edited
     
    I'm good for this. I think its a great idea all the way around. Like you all, I"m sure, I get a lot of questions riding around town. Maybe its because I'm not in spandex and just doing regular things on a bike. Even when loaded with groceries or my kid, people still ask, "How much does it weigh?" Kind of funny how people think of bikes only as toys or racing vehicles. These rides would be great to give people more ideas of what they can do. I'm in. I can't make every Sunday, but many, I"m sure. I like the "ride-in" to Velo Cult! Zen@zero - you need a basket on that rig anyway ;)
    • CommentAuthorsurlygurl
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2009
     
    I'll have to alternate this with the women's ride, but this sounds fun. Glad to see the interest growing for getting together for different types of rides no matter what kind of bike you have.
    • CommentAuthorkid j
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2009
     
    usually not up that early on Sundays, but for this I would make an exception. sounds awesome.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    Im all over this. What a cool concept. A non spandex ride and an excuse to use your basket bike. Too cool. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    I think it's a good idea.

    My only probem, is I carry everything via bag, not rack.

    I'm in the crux of a bike problem as it is. I'm selling an aborted commuter project, and will also be selling a (alum.) road bike. The plan is to buy some sort of cargo/steel road bike. The problem, as it is for most, is money and what's available. I'd like a trike, but will only get a front load trike, if not, I'll have to get a S/S and get a rack for the front.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    doing the ride with a messenger bag is just fine. you just need a way to carry stuff and messenger bags carry stuff.
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    Sky have you thought about dates for this ride?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    im thinking it should start the first Sunday of March and then every single Sunday there after.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    are you able to ride in march sky? raise your right hand if thats a no....
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    no :(

    maybe i can get someone to ride me around on my xtracycle.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2009
     
    i will miss the 1st ride, Im going to be in NH the 1st Sunday of March. But I will make the following ones for sure.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009
     
    alright, the first ride is a few weeks away. here's a quick list of things that you should keep in mind

    -have a bike that functions good and is ready to go before showing up for the meetup.
    -have tools, spare tube, and pump
    -have helmet
    -have a way to carry stuff- baskets and panniers are best
    -have a good strong lock
    -have a map if you don't know your way around that well (just in case)
    -use this ride to get your co-workers and friends to join along!!! anybody can do this.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2009
     
    Woo Hoo. I can't wait. I will be in to get some grocery bag panniers this week.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2009
     
    Those panniers are pretty cool. I do the same thing with my messenger bag. Walk into the store with it on and then pack everything into my back at the checkout. Yes, its a big bag!
    • CommentAuthorrandomjive
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    Aww man! Sundays? Those are my Mondays for work....
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> Velo Cult:</cite>no :(

    maybe i can get someone to ride me around on my xtracycle.</blockquote>

    Question is, who do you trust to do that?!?!:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRazor
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2009
     
    This ride is the same as the women's ride ain't it?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009 edited
     
    For now the Sunday morning ride will be male and female, young and old.

    THE FIRST ONE IS THIS NEXT SUNDAY! Gather at Velo Cult at 8:30am. The ride will go to the Hillcrest Farmers market where we will go shopping and get breakfast.

    Remember to tell your friends and co-workers about this.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    i posted this on Craigs. you could use this link to forward the info to your friends and co-workers.

    Down Townies Craigslist Ad
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009 edited
     
    does anybody want to volunteer to lead this ride? it would need to be someone that knows a good solid safe route.

    next question, do we ride together the whole way or hand people a ride slip with every turn and everybody just rides at their own pace? a group is cooler although everybody would need to ride really slow.

    oh, and i know i said all bikes are allowed but im thinking beach cruisers should not be. they are just waaaaaay too slow and not appropriate for this type of ride. if you are strong i guess it's OK but for the general public i can see beach cruisers really slowing down the ride and making it aggravating. am i off base here? this ride is about city commuter bikes is how i see it, not beach bike path bikes.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    Wish i knew the best route. Just learning the best way around town is a huge bonus to attending this ride. I'll need to remember not to just follow like a lemming but actually pay attention to the route.
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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    I don't know the route.

    I also don't have a townie bike with panniers yet but i will be there with my commuter road bike and a big RE-Load messenger bag.
    • CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    This it totally cool. I'll have to miss the first one, but will get in on the next.
    The beach cruiser thing is kind of a red herring. They can be slow, but then this ride won't be fast anyway.
    Besides, these are the people you want to reach. It's a chance for them to see other bikes that might better suit their commuting needs. Plus meeting people and getting info may be that nudge they need to move to a different bike.
    But hey I've seen some people use cruisers to commute. It's still a bike. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    i will say that most people on beach cruisers are oblivious to their bikes flaws for anything more than riding on a beach path. perhaps your right, they should join in and maybe see the light.
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    I think the guys at the shop know a good route we took to go to dinner at El Zarape.

    And as far as beach cruisers, they'll find out how much their bikes aren't meant for anything else. Plus, I doubt there will be any.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009 edited
     
    Well, one way to go if we wanted to show off would be up 30th to Adams, west (L) on Adams, south (L) on Park, and wouldn't that take us to around the DMV where the Farmer's Market is? I've never been to that one, actually. I'm not sure if my wife and daughter will be with me...that would make me slower, but happier. Some beach cruiser riders may need to be instructed to stay off the sidewalk.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    so long as the rides are on absolutely flat ground the cruisers should be fine. if we ever go down to the beach or something like that the cruisers will need a truck to pick them up. :face-angel:

    Protorio, i hope your family can make it out to some of these. this is a family and friends event. thats whats going to make this so rad.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    North on 30th
    West on Palm
    North on 28th
    West on Upas St.
    North on Park (or Richmond; probably a quieter street)
    Left on Lincoln (or right on Cleveland)

    Less than 3 miles, should take all of 15 minutes, if that...
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009 edited
     
    hey Njord Noatun, would you mind leading? we could go a long route too if we want more miles. maybe a cool route that takes people around Craftsman homes? just an idea.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    I would be happy to lead the route to the best of my ability, Velo Cult. I will attempt to add a few Craftsman Bungalow streets, but without making the route dramatically longer or deviating strongly from the direct route between Velo Cult on Fern and the Farmers' Market.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    cool. thanks! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDrJay
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I may be wrong but the route across upas would be tough on our single speed commuting friends. The hill past morley field and then up from florida canyon is pretty steep. Definitely the route up 30th to adams might be the more friendly way to go. That being said there is a bike route up Utah to Adams too...

    I definitely vote to avoid university or el cajon, drivers there are clueless and a pack of bikes might spin them out completely.

    either way i'm in for sunday
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      CommentAuthorRazor
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    It occurs to me that my mom will be in town that weekend, and sadly I may not make this maiden voyage. :face-crying: But I'll be there for the next one!

    (Tom says I should just put mom on my old beach cruiser and bring her along, but somehow that just doesn't seem right.)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    thats a bummer. i was hoping you and Cooper would be there. next week then.
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      CommentAuthorRazor
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I'm gonna try. We'll see what Mum says.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I would say 30th to Adams (for public awareness)
    Adams to Park (its easy and extends the ride a bit)
    Park to Normal
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I second Tom.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    After some reflection, I would agree that Upas St is too steep coming out of the canyon.

    This would be my recommended route, taking into consideration the need to avoid University St. through the "dip" (cars go too fast and too little room for bikes for comfort) and flattening the route as much as possible:

    Leaving Velo Cult, making a right on Laurel to see some of the streets in Burlingham lined with California Craftsman bungalows.

    Go west to 28th street, and travel it (this is very quiet street with a ton of "Craftsmen") north, crossing University safely at Utah where there is a traffic light.

    Turn left at Polk and travel it all the way to Normal St (just off Park), the location of the Market.

    The only steep-ish hill would be a one block stretch of Polk just before the Market, where I suppose quite a few will need to walk their bikes.

    I would be more than happy to let anybody lead (actually, I would be even happier just tagging along with somebody else up front! :face-smile: ) on any route, and there are "100's of ways" to get between A and B in this case, but I am familiar with this particular route as I have ridden it, and know that it "works". Having said that, following Tom's route to the North all the way out to Adams may avoid any canyon climbs, altogether.
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009 edited
     
    How mandatory are the helmets? I was surprised to see that in the CL event announcement--especially since nobody in the accompanying photos was wearing one :)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    yeah, a strong suggestion i guess. the law says you don't have to but it's recommended. im pretty damn sure i would have died on 3 different occasions if i did not have one so im a big opponent of them. we'll be getting them in the shop very soon.

    most people on CM don't wear helmets but to me thats the most dangerous setting there is.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    Arrrgh! Why is all the good rides on Sunday mornings????? I have this little thing called church on Sundays that I'm pretty committed to....
    Chris