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Old 09-18-05, 03:58 PM   #1
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Austin fixers: Tell me...

We are heading down to Austin this Thursday for the giant music festival that's taking place there this weekend. We're staying in North Austin, and would presumably be biking to the festival. Is this safe/feasible/interesting/worth packing the bikes in the car?
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Old 09-18-05, 04:14 PM   #2
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We are heading down to Austin this Thursday for the giant music festival that's taking place there this weekend. We're staying in North Austin, and would presumably be biking to the festival. Is this safe/feasible/interesting/worth packing the bikes in the car?

I'm not from Austin but I'm gonna be down there to play at the fest on friday. I played there a couple years ago and getting around town by bike is pretty darn easy. As far as the fest goes its way easier to get to on a bike. They have tons of temp fences put up for you to lock up to. Tons of people go to the fest on bikes. Parking a car is much tougher.
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huge biking population in austin (at least in proportion to the city pop.) it's definately safe (as safe as biking on the streets is), and i would say it would definately be more interesting to bike there than drive. get to see a lot more of austin you should have a good time, bring 'em!
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Yes, to all of your questions. Where in North Austin are you staying...North of 2222? 183? As with any city, Austin is best absorbed on a bike. The ACL Music Fesitval is well run and always a blast.
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I'm considered north central, just north of 2222 in the avenues, and I'll be biking for my second year to ACL. Not a problem. The ride back north at the end of the night is a haul, but it's better than trying to find a parking spot.
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Yes, you can bike, and I highly recommend it.

Bring a good lock though. I heard of some thefts last year.
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worked for these folks...


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Different question, when is the Austin Moonlight cruise? Is it true that its more of a bar hop ride?
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Sweet Jesus, the bikes are coming with us!

Thanks for your help, and perhaps we'll see some of you down there.
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Old 09-19-05, 09:55 AM   #10
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Spidermike: It was this weekend. No, it's not a bar-hop because it happens after 2am.
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Spidermike: It was this weekend. No, it's not a bar-hop because it happens after 2am.
Thanks. I was told about it last year at the Houston Moonlight Ramble, guess the guy was talking about bar hopping as a pre ride warm up. For the wonderful timing of asking too late, I will go to the immortal words of Homer Simpson, "DOOOH!"
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im driving to houston for the houston ride... its supposed to be atleast 5x in magnitude to the austin one!!!
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im driving to houston for the houston ride... its supposed to be atleast 5x in magnitude to the austin one!!!
Pending weather, the Ramble has about 10,000+ registered (Ramblers), and about another 6,000 unregisterd (Rebels). They started a costume contest last year (finally), and will have it again this year. I seem to be starting a little group of friends, oh and Orikal is planning on riding. When it gets closer PM me and we can coordinate meeting up.


For those interested in riding the Houston Moonlight Ramble, here is a link http://www.bikehouston.org/content/blogcategory/14/40/
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How was the Moonlight Cruise this year? I was locked up doing a research study..damnit!!! First Moonlight Cruise I've missed in years!!

Bring your bike mplsminx
you won't be disappointed!

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Old 09-20-05, 10:03 PM   #15
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Yeah biff,

How was that cruise? I heard you were well rested for it. VERY well rested.








p.s. I slept through it.
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The biff also slept through it. Buncha pansies, I tell ya. It was great, though: tons of fixies, a penny-farthing, a guy w/a flame-torch thing rigged to the back of his bike, etc. And there was definitely a bunch of booze involved: I was acting as a floating keg, testing out the advertised beer capacity of my new BaileyWorks bag, and several bottles of whisky were floating around. I think onechick.com will have pictures up soon.

We definitely need to get some pub crawl action going, though. Toot toot!

As far as biking to the festival, you should pick up that Biking Austin map (it's at most bike shops for $1) or find someone to ride down with. I'll be down there pedicabbing the car people to and from the concert.
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Old 09-20-05, 10:32 PM   #17
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and a guy w/a flame-torch thing rigged to the back of his bike, etc.

I rode past that kid a few weeks ago on Guadalupe. He has a tube tapped into a small propane tank. He reaches back behind his seat every so often and relights it with a lighter. Riding up behind him I could smell the propane then next thing I know there is a huge flame shooting out behind him.

I guess he is helping Keep Austin Wierd.
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I guess he is helping Keep Austin Wierd.
Well look out then, I'm on my way up there today. Gonna be stay with the in-laws til Rita blows through. I'll be down by S.Congress and Manchaca(spl?). All I know is that I'll be in bubba town.
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