I know some bikers probably don't understand this, but I would love to get a group of men and women together, dress up somewhere, and ride our bikes downtown to the nightlife scene on a nice summer or autumn night. There's just something special about doing something that even most cyclists say is impractical/unrealistic: an outing on a bike. Can you imagine how great it would be, seeing a bunch of attractive and well dressed people meeting up and riding their bikes down a main street checking out places along the strip? We have some main city roads that spread over the course of 4-5 miles and have bars/clubs all along the way of them, but as a pedestrian you probably wouldn't get to them all in one night.
I know that cyclists make a lot of excuses for why they wouldn't want to do this, so I've provided responses to each one:
#1 Sweaty clothes - This isn't a factor if you pick a cool enough night.
#2 Getting nice clothes dirty - Live a little! Plus if you pick a dry night, and wear something to guard your clothes from touching the chain, you should be fine.
#3 Gear - Only bring what is necessary. A cheap front and rear blinky works fine. A patch kit is another compact piece of insurrance (and maybe one pump for the crew, or just use the gas station for air). And of course, a helmet! Bring a cheap water bottle, not one that you'd cry if it got stolen. Lock the bike, leave the lights on it, and lock your helmet in with the bike too. Now when you walk into the club, it's just you, no gear.
#4 Worrying about bikes and stuff on them getting stolen or vandalized: Lock them up, but still have one person in your crew stay outside and watch the bikes in half hour shifts (then swap). Or you could just not care. I've never had anything taken.
#5 Getting home too late - It works better if at least one of you lives near the inner part of the city so that you can all crash at their place when done with the bar hopping. But if the people involved don't live too far from the meeting spot, that works well too. I've biked home at 4am, no big deal.
#1 It's the green thing to do
#2 Social aspect of biking together down the street
#3 Looking pretty in nice clothes rolling down the main street and catching the eyes of people
#4 Get from bar to bar with ease (transit is faster than by foot, and parking is a piece of cake!)
#5 Riding with people is fun!
#6 The money saved on gas can go towards cover charge and drinks
#7 The extra calories burned help allow for consuming more drinks without guilt!
Note: Be sure not to ride when you are too drunk to do so! Walk your bike until you are sober, then hop on it and ride. Sometimes it's better to pace yourself!
I've biked to the club alone by myself, but I would love to do it with people sometime. Anyone else feel the same way?
Feel free to add to the list of concerns or postitives!
Also, has any cyclist on here actually tried this already?