Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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I'd give the whole plan some more thought.
If you're organizing a ride, do you want it under the most dangerous conditions or the least dangerous conditions? Once you start thinking like that, a daytime ride sounds a lot better. Especially if this is organized like the common century-type bicycle rallies.
I've got a nice headlight. But I know it won't last all night- 6 hours max on the "low" bulb. So you may have a lot of people that ride at night that can't ride ALL night.
I'm not that familiar with it, but thought "no drops" meant the group didn't ride off and leave the slowpoke. And in that case, why does everyone need cell phones and maps?
Seems to me that if this is a half-dozen of your buddies, it should be no problem. If you're inviting a 100 strangers, give some thought to these items.
For a large organized ride, a major difficulty on the first outing would be gauging turnout. Especially if you're giving out Tshirts, you need to know ahead of time if there's going to be 20 or 200, or you can be stuck holding the bag for 180 unused shirts, or having 180 people irate that they didn't get a shirt. I went on my first ride like that this fall, and I'll bet those people had a trunk full of unused Tshirts when they got done.
Seems like there is a midnight rally in Houston, Tx, downtown- but that's not quite the same as the typical tour-through-the-country-side, and also not all-night.