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Old 02-16-06, 04:34 PM   #1
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Chicago Critical Mass

I've still never gotten out for a crit mass here. I rode a few in DC, but the vibe there was pretty aggressive -- lots of the anti-bathing, anti-globalization people and a lot of anger directed at cars and police. What's the vibe on the Chicago mass? I'd like to come out and ride the February mass -- I'd like to cruise and party on my bike for a bit, as long as it's not too cold, and then go out for a beer or two with some new friends. Is the mass chill enough? Where does it go? I think I read somewhere that it starts in Daley Plaza . . .
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Usually pretty big, and pretty chill.
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yeah, thats where it starts. Around 6 o clock maybe. The route is almost never predetermined for most of the riders. You show up it it goes where it goes. lately it has been pretty disorganized, seemingly by people who have some sort of alternative agenda, but last months was pretty good. The ones in the summer are huge. All summed up it is a pretty good time with lots of familiar faces. the cold ones run probably about 30-50 people and the summer ones are pretty excessive. Come out, people are friendly, pm me the week of the mass and we can set up a meeting place. Also, try the tour da chicago, or one of the many other bike riding events that seem to happen in chicago each month. There are alot of familiar faces.
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Thanks cardstock! Yeah -- I want to get out and meet some people. I grew up here, worked in a shop last summer, etc. etc. but I've always lived on the south side, and I'm never really around when **** goes down on the north side. I'll be in touch about the CM.

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yep daley plaza...goes somewhere new every ride. generally pretty chill.
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dwj444 -- where on the southside. There are a few of us down there. I am in Pilsen (18th and western). the north side isnt that far, so dont feel excluded.
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dwj444 -- where on the southside. There are a few of us down there. I am in Pilsen (18th and western). the north side isnt that far, so dont feel excluded.
University . . . Hyde Park (51st and Dorchester), near the lake. North side's not too far -- it's just too cold! And I need some people to ride with. I'm supposed to be doing the Chicago triathlon this summer (I'm really tempted to do it on my SS), but I don't want training partners -- I want some friends to ride and chill with. Not much bike culture around here . . . just a lot of students with bikes they bought from people who stole them and chains that are rusted . . .
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Definitely make it out for the Tour next Sunday.

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Definitely make it out for the Tour next Sunday.

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Aaarrrrgghhh! I gotta work Sunday morning from 9 until 3. I won't be around until Sunday night. And I got more work to do for Monday morning! Grrrr.

I'm definitely coming out for the Critical Mass. Maybe some of the BF people can hook up and go for beers somewhere after the ride and then we can start plotting and planning. I'm serious -- I think the DC Pirates are a great idea. We gotta get a big gang going in Chicago. Start thinking of names and then we can get a weekly ride together . . .

PM me if you want to try and organize something for next Friday's CM.

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Aaarrrrgghhh! I gotta work Sunday morning from 9 until 3. I won't be around until Sunday night. And I got more work to do for Monday morning! Grrrr.

I'm definitely coming out for the Critical Mass. Maybe some of the BF people can hook up and go for beers somewhere after the ride and then we can start plotting and planning. I'm serious -- I think the DC Pirates are a great idea. We gotta get a big gang going in Chicago. Start thinking of names and then we can get a weekly ride together . . .

PM me if you want to try and organize something for next Friday's CM.

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How bout everyone in BF picks a place to meet and greet before the ride, like, just north of the stair railing at washington and dearborn, that's where I'll hang.

Of course, this will be a small critical mass so if anyone's there, we'll find each other
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Of course, this will be a small critical mass so if anyone's there, we'll find each other[/QUOTE]

Except nobody knows what anybody looks like?! Unless y'all know each other already. I'm down to meet. I vote efarrar's suggestion -- I'll prolly bring a friend, but I'll be the tool on the busted-@$$ black Ni****ty conversion with the red and black tires. Rock on.

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Alright -- so, it's official? Just north of the stair railing and Washington and Dearborn. What time are we going to meet there? Someone said the Mass starts at 530 or 6? What if we meet at 520 and then take it from there? We can ride the mass, roll out for dinner and beer, and just kick back for a bit. PM me if you want to exchange any other info to make this happen (like what your real name is, so that I don't have to try to introduce myself to people as dwj444, or ask some random dude in a bike helmet, "are you chicagoamdream?").

Looking forward to it. Hopefully it won't be balls cold like it was today. I went ice-skating in HPK on the Midway. Wow. Cold. I'm going on Google Earth to find that stair railing Efarrar is talking about...

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Mass almost always doen not leave on time, so getting there early probably is not too urgent. 5:30 - 5:45 would probably be better, but whatever. My name - Ben on the Milwaulkee
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Yeah get hundreds of people together and they are never punctual. I would go around asking random people "Do you like pie?" but that's just me. If you find one bfssfg member, he can always point you to a couple others.

You can see the stairs pretty clearly, they are just southwest of that tree: here
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I'll be there my names Stephen.
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I'm there (obviously). Name is Dave. Black Nishiki SS.
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I probably won't make this one, but I'm Nat. Once you've met Ben (cardstock), I'm the other guy in the city on an orange track bike.
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I saw a guy on an orange track bike with white keirin grips the other day, so...was that you or cardstock ;-)
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I'd be up to join in on this BF group, My name's Simon, and I'll be on a black schwinn conversion, though there might be ten of those.
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or at least two, you and me.
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dwj, I live like 2 blocks from you. Not sure if I'm going to this mass yet (logistical issues), but I organize herds heading to mass from HP when the weather doesn't suck. I'm either on a bright yellow Felt roadie or some kind of dirt dog conversion (currently a green raleigh), I ride in HP all the time.
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I saw a guy on an orange track bike with white keirin grips the other day, so...was that you or cardstock ;-)
Touche. As soon as I wrote that, I couldn't be sure if there was maybe ONE other guy.
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I'm on a bright yellow Felt roadie
Were you at the Halloween CM? I distinctly remember a bright yellow Felt...
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dwj, I live like 2 blocks from you. Not sure if I'm going to this mass yet (logistical issues), but I organize herds heading to mass from HP when the weather doesn't suck. I'm either on a bright yellow Felt roadie or some kind of dirt dog conversion (currently a green raleigh), I ride in HP all the time.
Wow. Sweet. I'll definitely keep an eye out for you. Let me know if you're going to be able to go out this Friday; I'm going to head up from HP sometime around five probably, maybe to meet a friend and then meet up with the BF people by the stair railing, which I incidentally can totally see with Google Earth (which is either so awesome, or totally ****ing scary -- or both, I suppose). Anyway. PM me and we can coordinate a departure Friday if you're able to go -- otherwise, we should get together for a beer in HP sometime.

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