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Old 06-27-11, 04:47 PM   #1
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The 4th of July

Are you riding? To a Parade? In a parade? To something else? On what bike?

I'm riding 11 miles on a packed bike path, that is like a parade. Then watch a parade. Then 11 miles back in the parade of Freds. Then to a Cookout.

On this. It's gonna be a hot day.


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Old 06-28-11, 02:30 PM   #2
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Yes. I'm going to be riding my Trek 850 Antelope in the Independence Day parade in Belgrade, ME. Although it is basically a mountain bike, I have modified for both onroad and offroad riding if need be. In addition, the bicycle is equipped with red and white safety lights which are also useful during a parade. I'll also have a small U.S. Flag flying from the back of my trunk bag. Dressed in full kit and representing the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) with a few other club members, I will be responsible for leading the parade's bicycle unit. Other bicyclists are welcome to participate, whether they belong to an organized bicycle club or not. I also plan to be doing a 30-mile ride that day which goes around two of the five lakes in the Belgrade Lakes area. Perhaps I'll go for a swim later.

After the ride, I'll be going to a neighborhood cookout at which family members, nearby neighbors and myself will attend. Later that evening, I'll go to the annual fireworks display.

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Old 06-28-11, 07:36 PM   #3
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Tentatively, will be riding the Possum Pedal Permanent. Maybe I'll stick a flag on the bike for the occasion, now that I think of it.
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Not exactly sure, but cycling, barbecuing and drinking will be involved.
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Officiating kids at a soccer tournament all weekend. But I will cycle commute to and from the games.
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Old 06-29-11, 08:55 PM   #6
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Yes. I'm going to be riding my Trek 850 Antelope in the Independence Day parade in Belgrade, ME. Although it is basically a mountain bike, I have modified for both onroad and offroad riding if need be. Dressed in full kit and representing the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) with a few other club members, I will be responsible for leading the parade's bicycle unit. Other bicyclists are welcome to participate, whether they belong to an organized bicycle club or not. I also plan to be doing a 30-mile ride that day which goes around two of the five lakes in the Belgrade Lakes area. Perhaps I'll go for a swim later.

After the ride, I'll be going to a neighborhood cookout at which family members, nearby neighbors and myself will attend. Later that evening, I'll go to the annual fireworks display.
Photos of the parade would be nice
. That sounds like a great time.
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Not exactly sure, but cycling, barbecuing and drinking will be involved.
Clearly you have your life priorities correct.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:15 AM   #8
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Bristol 4th of July Parade

This small town has the oldest parade in the country. This year will be the 226th continuous presentation. It is a very big deal for such a small town to put on such a show. Last year I saw marching bands from all over the country, at least a dozen bands.

I also saw a Bill Clinton and a Tele Sevalas lookalike but they were not in the parade:
A Michael Jackson lookalike moon walking atop a stretch limo:
A battery of riflemen with black powder muskets and in revolutionary period costumes firing their muskets amid much smoke:
A half a dozen men in period costume riding penny farthings:
Spiderman and a little boy who ran out onto the street to give him a hug:
The Batmobile (not a replica;the real Batmobile).

After the parade I rode my bike over to the high school where some of the marching bands had parked their trucks and buses. In talking to one of the boys in the band I learned about the scope of maintaining such an enterprise. This band traveled with vehicles to transport the musicians, high school kids, their shaperones, a tracktor and trailer full of instruments and equipment, and another tractor and trailer that was set up as a commissary and the support staff to make it all work. Their annual budget was over $1 million yearly during which the group traveled to many competitions throughout the summer. The kids were very good also.
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I'd include photos of the parade when the time comes, but I don't have the right type of cellphone or other technology which would enable me to transmit the pictures over the internet. I'll see what I can arrange.

Have a Happy 4th of July, everyone!
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Old 06-30-11, 05:53 PM   #10
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Heading to Huntington Beach CA for the parade. Taking my Schwinn Mirada. The cops are scary people. There's been problems in the past and bikes will get impounded. The Mirada is semi-disposable.

Seems like a nice day for rum & cokes. Hit a liquor store for a coke, small flask of rum. Fight for your right to party.
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