Spoked to Death
Tonight was the Moonlight Ramble, the longest running midnight bike ride in the country. Its about a 20ish mile loop around St. Louis, which started and ended in Forest Park. It was attended by multiple thousands of people (LOTS of people. LOTS.), most of whom are inexperienced cyclists. There were a few accidents, lots of near misses, and lots of wobbling and swerving about in an attempt to gain control of the bicycle. But hey, it gets people riding, and thats cool.
The reason I post this here is because I ran into some fixed riders on the route, and the special thing about it is that I got my FIRST Fixed Gear Enthusiass recognition! As the ride began to climb a gentle hill, I heard a deafening roar around me as thousands of cyclists vainly attempted to jockey their poorly adjusted derailleurs into a suitable hill climbing gear (the lowest one they can find). The clacking was intense, and was mixed with the few experienced cyclists shouting advice to their inexperienced friends and family members, "Down shift, down! No, the other down! Yes, with your right hand!"
Amongst this cacophany, I heard a group of fixed gear bikes ride by on my left. Or rather, I didn't hear them, which was the odd thing. It sounded like a hole in the noise. I sped up, leaving my hapless but enthusiastic hybrid riding coworkers (with whom I had agreed to ride) behind. I rode up to the fixies, and said something dorky like, "Hey! Fixies!" We said hi, made a brief introduction (though I'd met two of the riders before), when one girl, Jessica I think, says, "Hey, you're on FGE." I said "Huh?" since I didn't expect anyone to recognize me from that, and she said, something like, "You know, the enthusiass! You were in your under-roos." Then she asked me out, because she knew how hot I was. Actually, everything after 'under-roos' is a lie. Besides, ladies, I'm taken.
So we chatted for a minute, and then I had to slide back to my homies (er, coworkers), and continue our ride.
So anyway, it was a good time, wish I could have hung out with the other FG folks a little more. Anyone from this board go on that ride? I was the hot enthusiass on a conversion with rainbow LEDs in my spokes.
I wasn't there, but I grew up in STL and go back a couple times a year. Good to hear the fixed gear population is on the rise.