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Old 11-30-15, 10:53 AM
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Why are there no big bicycle rallies?

Motorcyclists have Sturgis, Americade, etc.

Why aren't there any big national or regional rallies for bicyclists?

Or maybe there are and I just haven't heard of them?
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Motorcyclists have Sturgis, Americade, etc.

Why aren't there any big national or regional rallies for bicyclists?

Or maybe there are and I just haven't heard of them?
Interbike, Philly Bike Expo, Frostbike, EuroBike, NAHBS... Not quite the same but a good setting. You do also have things like Critical Mass or other mass rides, plus a ton of races both professional and more amateur ones.
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National Bike Summit in Washington DC, every year.
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Unless you live in Sturgis, it takes a long time to ride your bicycle to Sturgis. Then again, people trailer their motorcycles to Sturgis, so whoknows
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Plenty of mt bike events in New England. Nemba Fest, Dirt fest are some of many all over the place.
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Cycle Oregon usually fills its 2,000+ slots every year.
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Cycle Oregon usually fills its 2,000+ slots every year.
... in half a day after its posted.. or less
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
... in half a day after its posted.. or less
Depends. Don't think the last two years sold out that quickly. 2012 sold out in less than 1 hr. The GF and I got in.
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"cat people" don't have rallies that i am aware of. same problem, the activity is too common place. although i suppose the difficulty of herding 10-20 cats into one's SUV could be a major factor in their lack of numbers. IDK.

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
people trailer their motorcycles to Sturgis, so whoknows
Yeah, I never understood that.
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Old 11-30-15, 01:22 PM
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ya, like hauling your 35' yacht from Newport R.I to Miami only to let it sit on the launching ramp for the entirety of the rally. hard to fathom (hehe)...

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Old 11-30-15, 01:29 PM
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So yes, you just haven't heard of them. Local bike shops are great places to hear of local stuff, there's also active.com etc...
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TOSRV haven't updated the website yet. There are hundreds of smaller events, some are very local, some are bicycle specific like the Three Speed Tour, others focus on a specific marque or country of origin.


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Originally Posted by skye View Post
Yeah, I never understood that.
Orthodontists & paralegals want to keep their bikes pretty and low-mileage, so they can look fancy on Main Street.
I went back in 92,93,94 when I had a Harley, and it was already becoming a bunch of old farts wanting to look like renegade-outlaws for a week. Probably gotten even worse since the advent of that ridiculous whitetrash soap opera starring Peg Bundy and the Monkey Sidekick from Quest for Fire.

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I suppose we could mention Burning Man
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
I suppose we could mention Burning Man
That's an " artist" event with bikes and human powered type stuff. In the middle of a desert. So I'm told.
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there's also this: (wasn't this called Superweek?) Tour of America's Dairyland: June 16th - June 26th, 2016
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Cape Town Cycle Tour -- the world's largest timed cycling event (35,000 cyclists)
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Tour de France ... limited number of participants but always attracts crowds in the millions
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