My big ride was rather short Saturday: 12 blocks. But maybe the most fun 12 blocks I've had since 1st grade.
A number of members of the Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas rode in the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade. They had all kinds of bicycles from a tandem recumbent to racing bikes.
The most fun part was that we were riding in random circles. I discovered that my chopper with its balloon tires, low center of gravity and short cranks let me turn circles faster and smaller than anyone else. It was fun to find out how far I could lean it over, crank on the "400 watts" and do doughnuts in the street.
My beloved Giant Stiletto chopper is the one on the left with the parade entry number. I disguised my big brown backpack by attaching a stuffed pink poodle and a stuffed horse to it and putting a dummy present in the opening of the pack.
This is a fun way to stimulate peoples interest in bicycling and give some promotion to bicycle advocacy groups. Parade officials like it because it is an interesting and different entry that is popular with the public. Riding circles gives more people a chance to see the bikes up close. It also gives your group a unique and fun ride that won't conflict with rides of the local bike clubs.
Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
We do something like that here too. Almost any medium to small town wants/needs more entries to bulk up their parades. Just get your friends together and contact the local civic groups that do parades. And at the end of the parade it is easier for us tog et back to the start then the other groups.