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Burning Man and bicycles

Old 08-28-14, 04:16 PM
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Burning Man and bicycles

This is FYI stuff

I have been watching Burning Man event broadcast and was wowed by the number of bicycles at the event
Here is a link to the camera stream

http://www.ustream.tv/burningman

Click on the screen to bring up the live feed

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Old 08-28-14, 04:43 PM
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Having grown up in the Mojave desert near Death Valley, I've never attended BM nor is it on by bucket list. That stated, should you go, rent a motor home for air conditioning and a daily shower. One whole week spent on the playa is no patch of clover.
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Old 08-28-14, 05:00 PM
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You should probably mark this thread "NSFW" preemptively, just to be on the safe side.

Hey man, let's get naked and see how cool we can be on the playa! Yeah, right. 8DDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Let's get...................dirtee.
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I believe the total size of the event is about 7 square miles. Somebody calculated that all the roads add up to around 60 miles. You can get around on foot, but many destinations are an epic trek, plus the sun really beats down on you during the day, whereas on a bike, you always get a bit of a cooling breeze. With the exception of entry and exit, driving motor vehicles during the event is strictly prohibited, unless you have registered a "mutant vehicle" (those "art cars" you see roaming around the playa). Probably a good idea not to have 70K people driving around in cars out there. Bikes are really the best way to go.

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Originally Posted by Jamesw2 View Post
I have been watching Burning Man event broadcast and was wowed by the number of bicycles at the event
Here is a link to the camera stream
I last went a decade ago, but there was something really cool and special about watching countless glowing bikes whiz around in every direction in the dark of night. Especially cause they left those lonnng traiilllssss
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I last went a decade ago, but there was something really cool and special about watching countless glowing bikes whiz around in every direction in the dark of night. Especially cause they left those lonnng traiilllssss
I read all the posts but I still don't understand what the event is ? what do you do out there?? and how did that pentagon shape get there? these might be stupid questions but I'm asking?
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I read all the posts but I still don't understand what the event is ? what do you do out there?? and how did that pentagon shape get there? these might be stupid questions but I'm asking?
The shape is made up of thousands of peoples camp sites. They are organized into sections with "streets", kind of like city blocks. They are circled around "the Man" which will be burned on Saturday night. As far as what you do there, I guess it's up to you. There are many interactive art exhibits, bars, music venues/areas, workshops, all sorts of things; it depends on the person. There's a whole culture around it that I probably couldn't explain well, you'd really have to experience it. All in all, I'm glad I went, but it wasn't mind blowing to me (obviously since I haven't gone again in so long.)

EDIT: The pentagon is a perimeter fence marked off by volunteers in the weeks leading up to the event. At the bottom left of the picture is, I believe, the front gate.

I would say it's just a big party, which is 80% true, but it does it a bit of a disservice as it's uniquely different compared to desert festivals like Coachella or "raves" like EDC.

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You could say it's a big art festival that features large scale art installations, many of which are burned at the end. Sort of a meditation on the impermanence of things while legally getting in touch with your inner pyro. But many participants create their own art, usually on a much smaller scale, but often just as impressive in their own way. The creative and engineering skills on display out there are mind-blowing. Nighttime tends to be a big party, with lots of dance clubs and colorfully lit contraptions roaming around. There is art on display at night too, often using light in amazingly creative ways. You can find a couple pictorials from this year's event here and here.

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Oh, and to steer back to the original post, a google image search for "burning man bikes" always brings up some fun stuff.
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One of my favorite Burning Man bikes:

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