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    Critical Mass Etiquette

    Ok, Im going to my first one tomorrow night. Anything in particular I should be prepared for? Anything special I should bring? if yall could help me out with just some universals about Critical Mass Id appreciate it. Thanks again guys.

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    Ride slow and weave a lot.
    if you drop something. Stop in the middle of the pack to grab it.

    Actually, just hold your line and pay attention to the group.

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    I missed what was to be my first one tonight, I am pissed.

    stupid ***** on the phone kept me at work for over an hour, then my ride to the city where the CM ride was in ditched out...

    **** today.

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    don't bring your propaganda from whatever groups your from. Some cars will hate what your doing, but not every car. You'll be surprised at some of the positive feedback you get from cars.

    Go, ride, then realize why you hate critical mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbcdestroy
    I missed what was to be my first one tonight, I am pissed.

    stupid ***** on the phone kept me at work for over an hour, then my ride to the city where the CM ride was in ditched out...

    **** today.
    I don't know what city you're from but you probably didn't miss it since most cities do it on the last friday of the month, not thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElSetho
    Anything special I should bring?
    i'm not sure how things go down in new mexico, but i'd bring a bike i'm prepared to NOT go home with.

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    Oh yeah, and if you're in the back of the Pack and see a cop car cut by everyone with its lights on[to stop it], BAIL THE **** OUT!

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    If you're in NYC, be prepared to be arrested.

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    Are there any CM rides in large cities, where groups of, say 30 people, all go out in different directions and take different routes? It seems that it would piss off fewer drivers, get fewer cyclists injured, cause fewer traffic jams (which make more pollution than if there were no CM) and allow more drivers to see cyclists safley sharing the roads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by popluhv
    Are there any CM rides in large cities, where groups of, say 30 people, all go out in different directions and take different routes? It seems that it would piss off fewer drivers, get fewer cyclists injured, cause fewer traffic jams (which make more pollution than if there were no CM) and allow more drivers to see cyclists safley sharing the roads?
    Yeah, except we do that every single day, instead of most of these guys who do it only once a month. We're called commuters.

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    once in savannah the mass got split into 2. There was an accident at an intersection about 45 minutes [10 minutes into the mass about]before the mass passed it, so the cop could only stop the rear half while the front half continued. The two masses spilt for about the next half hour to forty minutes until they met up again. It was quite amusing.

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    Oh... its a statement thing eh? I figured all that was an excuse to go to a bar afterwards, bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElSetho
    Oh... its a statement thing eh? I figured all that was an excuse to go to a bar afterwards, bummer.
    or drink during. Camel back+wine+bike=________.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thurstonboise
    Ride slow and weave a lot.
    if you drop something. Stop in the middle of the pack to grab it.

    Actually, just hold your line and pay attention to the group.
    this is probably the best advice so far. i would also add that if you are feeling nice, bring stuff to fix a flat. if not you, SOMEONE will flat, even if you just have a pump to lend out...

    i would also say at this time of year to dress warm enough, CMs never move as quickly as you would on your own

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    punch a cop?
    critical mass is the worst!

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    Dinosaur Comics was about CM today, um, also.
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    In San Diego it's about 70% fun, 30% '**** da poleece **** da system **** da rich' teenage counterculture dickwads that do everything they possibly can to provoke drivers into mowing down cyclists just on principle.

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    **** Critical Mass. At least in Santa Cruz, it's total bull****.
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    I think proper etiquette for general life is don't go to critical mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endform
    I think proper etiquette for general life is don't go to critical mass.
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popluhv
    Are there any CM rides in large cities, where groups of, say 30 people, all go out in different directions and take different routes? It seems that it would piss off fewer drivers, get fewer cyclists injured, cause fewer traffic jams (which make more pollution than if there were no CM) and allow more drivers to see cyclists safley sharing the roads?
    i think you fail to get the point

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    I enjoyed the big summer critical mass rides in vancouver that I tried last year, when it's many hundreds of people over a wide age range having fun on their bikes, and it's just so ridiculously large that drivers are more amazed than pissed off. What i didn't like about mass was the minority of annoying dick wads who use the mass to push political agendas, except of course the agenda of having a good time biking around.

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    In Atlanta Crit Mass is a giant sex party on wheels. The cops are cool, and the women are hott.

    Sometimes I wonder why I sleep so hard on this city. In another twenty years it'll be juuuuust right.

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    I just think it's cool that Critical Mass has become a big enough phenomenon that people whine about it regularly on the Internet.
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