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Old 01-14-06, 07:34 PM   #1
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Midnite Ridazz was amazing.

If you live in L.A. and ride a bike, even occasionally, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Last night was my first time and I sorta thought maybe there'd be 40-50 people or something. I had no idea it would be more like 350!!! I was actually dumbstruck (what else is new)most of the ride by the sheer number of people, seemingly representing every imaginable corner of bike culture and social background, who turned up and took over the streets. It was also cool to meet some other BForumites and see some of the amazing bikes you ride. I took some shots and will throw them up but it was impossible to get a perspective on the size of the crowd in my tiny viewfinder.
Thanks to the Bicycle Kitchen and other folks who make it happen. Can't wait for the next one...
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Old 01-14-06, 08:17 PM   #2
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Did you see me? For some reason I only end up with the BF losers like Kyle and John. Yeah and I woulda hung out after the ride but I had to drive people and thier bikes home and by the time I was able to come back it was like 2am.
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Old 01-14-06, 08:52 PM   #3
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i didn't hang out after the ride either, but i did meet kyle(i think) and prodigal son.
my only critique would be that rides should finish back at the start point then hit the party spot from there.
one of the coolest things was the sections everyone was quiet and all you could hear was the sound of many tires rolling on pavement...
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Yeah, they used to do a loop, which was nice. The worst was during BikeSummer when it would end in Culver City. I mean, I guess it's cool if you live on the west side, but it was horrible for us east-siders.

The aftermath was amazing. Kyle, John and I went roaming around the streets from party to party until 5am, then just as we were about to crash (7am), Kyle decides to do the 10-hill climb on no sleep and a semi-buzz. I hope he's not dead.

Kyle, if you're not dead, please reply.
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lets just say dead is an understatement...
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Old 01-15-06, 04:35 AM   #6
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lets just say dead is an understatement...
you're ****ing crazy. that is all
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Old 01-15-06, 12:59 PM   #7
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you're ****ing crazy. that is all

Sorry about calling so late, just dint want Chris sleeping in Thai Town. I feel like Dim Sum is coming soon, what do you think? And Prodical, get your motha___in phone fixed.
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Old 01-15-06, 01:02 PM   #8
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aww, kyle's made himself some bike friends. cute.
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Old 01-15-06, 01:16 PM   #9
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aww, kyle's made himself some bike friends. cute.

surferbruce is the only new one, I have been rolling with the others for mad long.
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Ode to the after work nap ( ride your bike instead)

Ode to the nap
The evil, evil nap
It lures
you succumb
But only with good intent
Shortly I will rise
But you do not.
Do not succumb
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Old 01-15-06, 01:24 PM   #11
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Me too.......had to get up early for the spandex ride in Pasadena.
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Me too.......had to get up early for the spandex ride in Pasadena.

The key is you dont go to sleep, worked for me.
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was that a bigger than normal turnout or the usual size crowd?
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was that a bigger than normal turnout or the usual size crowd?
I'm not sure about the size as I've only done this ride sporadically. But since I live just 1/2 mile up the hill from Wallgreens and pass by that corner each night coming home from work I've seen crowds ranging in size from 25 to at least a couple hundred.

Two nights ago after coming home from work a bit earlier than usual and prepping my bike for next morning's early ride, my step-daughter calls me from Wallgreens just before 10pm and tells me "hey, there's a thousand bikers out here, some with no gears like your bike....."
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Sorry about calling so late, just dint want Chris sleeping in Thai Town. I feel like Dim Sum is coming soon, what do you think? And Prodical, get your motha___in phone fixed.

Heh, we woulda deserved it. I'm sorry about falling asleep while giving you his number. When I grow up I want to be as hardcore as you!
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Cannonball Run starts in just over an hour!

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Urban cyclocross race in the near future, so everyone be ready.
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