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    Denver MOONLIGHT classic this Saturday Aug 20th

    Sounds like a ball. Anyone going there?

    http://moonlight-classic.com
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    Full moon is Friday the 19th. This far out 40% chance of showers during the day.
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    We rode this last year with a couple of friends. It sounds like a blast, but it was one of the worst rides I've ever been on.

    It's not so much the fault of the organizers (I think they did a pretty damn good job), but more just the number of riders, and more importantly the number of incredibly inexperienced riders, that it attracts. I had more close calls with other cyclists drifting into me, turning in front of me, stopping dead in the middle of the road etc etc than I've every had in my life!

    It's a fun concept, but it's not a ride I want to repeat.

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    Stubacca,

    That is the same report I heard from a biker friend here. I'm thinking of doing it once just to say yeah I did it. But definitely expect a slow ride with the most risk coming from the naive riders, especially since they moved the start time to 10pm instead of 12. I've also heard the food is not to die for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
    Stubacca,

    That is the same report I heard from a biker friend here. I'm thinking of doing it once just to say yeah I did it. But definitely expect a slow ride with the most risk coming from the naive riders, especially since they moved the start time to 10pm instead of 12. I've also heard the food is not to die for.
    The memory is coming back to me more... the food was crap. It was a breakfast burrito (I think from Qdoba, but not sure), and was mass produced, made ahead, and kept warm. I think I took one bite and threw it out. Drank the juice, then headed back to our friend's house just off Speer and cooked up some bacon and eggs. Much better!

    By about mile 5, we'd gotten so frustrated with riding in the pack that they other guy I was riding with and I kicked it up a few gears, went way out to the left of the roadway and rode a bit faster (only dropping back towards the group if any cars came past, which was very rare). Far safer this way, and we just hung out about 2 miles from the end and waited for the girls to catch up.

    May as well try it for yourself - just be on your toes the whole time!! At least you'll get a t-shirt out of the deal .

    I saw in your other post you asked about bike security. If you're asking about locking the bike up, any lock will be fine. With so many unlocked bikes around, locking the bike to anything will be enough deterrent for a would-be-thief (if there are any) to grab a different bike.

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    Sounds like the Denver version of the 5 Boro Bike Ride: worth doing once for the experience, but not worth repeating. I'm considering riding the Moonlight Classic - I'll be in Denver for a wedding this weekend - but I guess I'm undecided (and have no idea what condition I'll be in by 10:00 the night of the wedding!)

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    I'm not doing it. Especially after hearing Stubacca story.
    Hey Stu, when we all going to ride again???

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowy
    Hey Stu, when we all going to ride again???
    Good question! This weekend is out, but maybe the next one could be possible.

    I've been doing so many commuting miles lately, I've hardly been getting out on the weekends. Wanted to join you guys last Sunday, but after 150+ miles M-F, gardening and doing weights on Saturday, my body just said 'stuff off' when I tried to get out of bed!!!

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    Hey I hear you I so envy you for getting the chance to commute.
    Next weekend out for me, I'm headed to the hills for some biking with a friend, they got a free Condo in Breck and I couldn't pass that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowy
    Hey I hear you I so envy you for getting the chance to commute.
    Next weekend out for me, I'm headed to the hills for some biking with a friend, they got a free Condo in Breck and I couldn't pass that up.
    Nice one - never pass up a free condo in Breck!!!

    Commuting miles have been great. With the rainy couple of days we had plus all the afternoon storms, I'm getting kinda used to riding soggy, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubacca
    I saw in your other post you asked about bike security. If you're asking about locking the bike up, any lock will be fine. With so many unlocked bikes around, locking the bike to anything will be enough deterrent for a would-be-thief (if there are any) to grab a different bike.
    Great. I just have a weak krypto cable that I use for the garage.

    You must be south. One day it looked like rain and made the mistake of wearing a rain cover. Ugh, way too warm.

    I figure if top's dry, it doesn't matter if bottom is soaked.

    I really appreciate all your feedback. Again, I'll probably try it just to have something to talk about with my brother in law, we're planning to do a 15-25 mile fun ride later in the month. No one else in the family enjoys biking. He returned to biking about 3 years ago, so I expect to be creamed, but what the heck. It still should be fun riding around the riverways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
    Great. I just have a weak krypto cable that I use for the garage.

    You must be south. One day it looked like rain and made the mistake of wearing a rain cover. Ugh, way too warm.

    I figure if top's dry, it doesn't matter if bottom is soaked.

    I really appreciate all your feedback. Again, I'll probably try it just to have something to talk about with my brother in law, we're planning to do a 15-25 mile fun ride later in the month. No one else in the family enjoys biking. He returned to biking about 3 years ago, so I expect to be creamed, but what the heck. It still should be fun riding around the riverways.
    I live in SE Aurora, and work in Englewood (I-25 & Lincoln). It seems like quite a few of the storms have been hitting here recently, and pretty much travelling exactly along my commuting route!

    For these warm storms, I've just been wearing a vest which keeps my chest from getting too wet - being wet doesn't bother me when it's not cold. Pretty soon I'll be switching to the waterproof jacket. You're right - top being dry is far more important, especially when it's cold out!

    Enjoy the ride! Hopefully it's improved over what it was like last year. Might be worth going out in the earlier 'serious' wave. At least those riders might know what they're doing. I wouldn't worry too much with bells, horns, and "on your left"s. Lots of people at a slow pace equaled lots of chit-chat last year, and not many people watching or listening out for other riders. Ride to protect yourself and you'll be fine, though possibly still a bit frustrated!!

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    Though i'll agree that you do have to watch out for very inexperienced riders, i've seen people going so slow that they've fallen over (funny), BUT this ride is still a ton of fun. If you get into the slow pack you can ust cruise along and enjoy, there's usually a fast group that starts early, really fun.
    I used to ride my street bike off the front and catch up to the end of the pack and do the ride twice... this year i'm strapping a pair of industrial bubble machines to the back of a blacklight neon cruiser and going a bit slower.

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