This was back in early December, a core group of San Francisco bike extraordinaries+enthusiasts, rode a testing a route of what would be the 1st unpublished SF bike party. A lot of outstanding efforts, time, and planning has been discussed and the route for this upcoming Friday event was tested a few times.
Many props to all the organizers, volunteers and chefs in the bike party planning kitchen making all that noise.
In preparation for this Friday’s ride, below is a little video I made last year (at the time there was no URL available but now you can find all the info at sfbikeparty.org.) I think I’m liking this presentation style of including a video, what do you think?! not bad huh..
I have also included the set of fotos below, these are too from the first test/ride Dec.2010 =)
Push team duo! — up a STEEP hill. (Deep’s sound tricycle weights a ton!) Go teamwork!!
chatting-the night away duo
The view from the back of bernal heights.
Cristina is a star.
Stripey socks smileys. Calitexican.
Super FUN good times from all the by-standers. Be aware of the tremendous amounts of smiles this ride causes =)
Deep and the Trikeasaurus
and let’s hear it from the WOMEN!! yeyaaaaaaaaa ♥!!
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It is finally here! Another MEGA fun behind-the-scenes post, for the day we were all fashion bicycle models for Pedal Savvy at the SF Bike Expo in the Cow Palace, November 6th.
This was fun, we modeled, got tons of hairspray and fancy stuff on our hair, got our make-up done and off we went.
here I am!!
I love this photo of KT, while she wasn’t looking =)
make-up session. and I was ready for mi second dose of coffee!
“…Shall we read the following chapter…”
the show isn’t complete without Gwen’s mom around =) We love her!!
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/meligrosa/5177470017/" title="Katieeee <img alt="Katieeee
Katie super star doing some finishing touches on the bicycles.
bisous for everybody
Gwen at work
Gwen and us — HAAAAAAAY
There was some review around the interwebs, blabbing upon how this stuff was so hip, unnatainable and how much it didn’t represent the bicycle community across the states. You know what —- this is San Francisco and it is a world-class city with all its flaws, beauties and struggles. We were all there because we opted to do so, opted to support our friend Gwen and the SF Bike Expo team and we are ALL riders between the ages of 18 to 40+, and although we don’t represent everybody, we do our best to do so, work our ass off either in school or jobs, and bike every day. We also had two young children to model for the evening show with their dad, so cute!
Know that the companies and tailors, many of them locally-based, that provided their goods to be shown off, were more than proud to do so. We all don’t buy an entire outfit, nor buy the latest and greatest to ride — we are here because is fun, we are city people and if you don’t like to see us having fun and enjoying our day off by being here all day in this fabulous bike fashion show, then don’t get caught up judging against it. I’m also not about to promote the mentioned site link, which is in no big city, but somewhere in the east coast and probably snowed in. So that’s that and that said..
we all love Richard
…and then, the camera loves you
JD scored some rims
the we had a brush-up session
we are readyyyyyy to go!
Robin’s finishing touches
triple troubles!! =))))
Matching reds – I hearts Joe!!
amour de ma sunglasses — mi amiga KT of VéloVogue
KT et moi had way too much fun back there!
We had a huge bike pile going on, so here are most of our bikes. It does a body good.
and here is, once again a shot from the bikecatwalk shot from the stage! =)))
Photographers were Dusty (set not up yet) and
Just this week, the video sprung out from the blogesphere, was so happy to see the clip, which quite sums it up. +Eeek and whose legs are those sans tights?!? The videos sum up so much fun!!
Gracias y thank you to everyone that dropped by +enjoyed the show!!feed the models. and bring all the coffee to me!!
My partner in artsy-things-and-silent-film crimes, sent me this link the other day which he so nicely included the lyrics +translations. So cute, now I need a little Campari mid-day cocktail and close my eyes imagining I’m at his concert.
Yves Montand, Olympia 1981
« À Bicyclette » “By Bicycle”
Quand on partait de bon matin When we left early in the morning
Quand on partait sur les chemins When we left on the roads
À bicyclette By bicycle
Nous étions quelques bons copains We were a few good friends
Y avait Fernand y avait Firmin There was Fernand and Firmin
Y avait Francis et Sébastien There was Francis and Sébastien
Et puis Paulette And then Paulette.
On était tous amoureux d’elle We were all in love with her
On se sentait pousser des ailes We felt like we were growing wings
À bicyclette On our bicycles.
Sur les petits chemins de terre On these little dirt roads
On a souvent vécu l’enfer We often went through hell
Pour ne pas mettre pied à terre To not dismount
Devant Paulette In front of Paulette.
Faut dire qu’elle y mettait du cœur I must say that she really put her heart into it
C’était la fille du facteur She was the daughter of the postman
À bicyclette On a bicycle.
Et depuis qu’elle avait huit ans And ever since she was eight
Elle avait fait en le suivant She followed him around
Tous les chemins environnants All the neighborhood roads
À bicyclette By bicycle.
Quand on approchait la rivière When we approached the river
On déposait dans les fougères We left in the ferns
Nos bicyclettes Our bicycles.
Puis on se roulait dans les champs Then we rolled in the fields
Faisant naître un bouquet changeant Giving life to a changing bouquet
De sauterelles, de papillons Of grasshoppers, butterflies,
Et de rainettes and tree frogs.
Quand le soleil à l’horizon When the sun on the horizon
Profilait sur tous les buissons Cast over the bushes
Nos silhouettes Our silhouettes
On revenait fourbus contents We returned exhausted and content
Le cœur un peu vague pourtant Yet the heart a bit vague
De n’être pas seul un instant Because we never had a moment alone
Avec Paulette With Paulette.
Prendre furtivement sa main To furtively take her hand
Oublier un peu les copains To forget the others a little
La bicyclette The bicycle.
On se disait c’est pour demain We tell ourselves that’s for tomorrow
J’oserai, j’oserai demain I will dare to, I will dare to tomorrow
Quand on ira sur les chemins When we go on the roads
À bicyclette By bicycle.
The Supermarket Street Sweep 2010, SMSW 2010 took place this past Saturday at noon here in San Francisco. Two awesome bike ladies Kacey and Jenny Oh, are the wheelwoman power rangers behind this operation alongside photographer Koshi and many volunteers.
“The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco Food Bank! For the past four years, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity.” –supermarketstreetsweep: about
This year I decided I was mentally ready to participate in this. As a lone wolf I often times am, I stopped by a few of years ago, but got a little intimidated (bike wise) by the cargo bikes, thinking I couldn’t carry much or deliver a big load of stuff. But then I saw some pictures later and learned furthermore about it, +I could totally do a food-bank fundraising alley-cat style ride, and so I was stoked to join this year!!
The 2 posters I gave as my contribution for the prices this year, were safe+dry and ready for delivery. Mandatory coffee stop before showing up at noon was a must. I even had a breakfast burrito. Extra bike fuel was necessary this morning.
pamela! her set is here: link
reesie stopped by to take some snaps =)
Katie got first place in the race on road bike. woo!
Nio and everyone, ready to check-in
Jenny y Kacey
Jeremiah y Sasha
mark had the best sox
dingding and off I go!!
This one I wasn’t sure I could do out of memory, as I had already done the whole ride without a map, but if my memory served me right, I remember passing by this Smart and Final many times on multiple random rides. I thanks my good memory.
This was perhpas my favorite spot of the route, as I got to talk to a middle schooler that asked the group about what we were doing. I continued to talk him and his mom for a little bit and it was just a very nice moment. I told him I could totally see him on a bike and he got really shy, it was cute.
This was the stop I learned from my neighbor loaders, that if you have a goal of making a top cargo load, this is the time to do it. Makes sense since it is closest to the final point. Everyone had such crazy big loads and I even saw a trio of guys gobblyish walking down Oakdale because their bikes were just so overloaded. Dammmn awesome!
mi buddy dirty dave
John’s 315lbs! guaooo – this champ got 2nd place for cargo.
heavier items went in the basket, the pasta and such went in the backpack.
Often I like doing stuff alone. And no matter what, you are always surrounded by good people.
dad and son duo. Cooper was the youngest rider and such a fantastic trooper =)
yes finish!! checkin back in with Jenny
deliveries into the food bank
damn RIGHT I ride the hell out of this city.
Rickshaw bagworks is located on 22nd street near Minnesota.
Everyone loves Steven
He won the 1st place in the men’s road alleycat race, before the finish line was even open. Classic.
matthew won a beanie
OK, that is all — thanks to the awesome volunteers, participants and organizers for making this happen. And come all next year, it is fun and the best feeling + great way to spend a Saturday on your bike around the city hauling food, for a good cause.
+ Los Gigantes de San Pancho win the baseball world series —– the city is so crazy insane.
+ [Don’t forget] Califas voting day.
+ Y the most important annual holiday for me: ♥ Día de los muertos.
More pictures later – For now, here are our Día de los muertos awesome photos.
I have not yet been to the 16th and Mission station, but I hear is surrounded by the bikey calacas. So rad!!
Mayra by El Rio:
+Yours truly, by El Rio:
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