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Apparently this month is the 5th anniversary of Midnight Ridazz, someone had to do something godammit!
So the IAAL/MAF is taking off our glasses and pulling our noses out of our books (though we'll likely put our glasses back on so we can see) and have whipped up the greatest ride in the history of bicycles. Or at least in the history of MR 5th Anniversary rides. Or at least in the history of MR rides that will be happening the evening of Friday, Feb 13th, 2009. One of those for sure.
We'll meet at the Echo Park Boathouse at 9:30PM and ride at 10:00PM sharp! We'll head east from there, then west, then up then down and end back at the same place we started. Ride is 22 miles - somethings old, somethings new, somethings climby, somethings zoom and making a few pit stops at many MR favorites, you know, for the memories.
Bring warm clothes and spare tubes - No ridazz left behind but ridazz who come unprepared may freeze.
We're Librarians, Not Babysitters! Now hold your line!
Look. If it were tasteless, we would have named it the cardboard ride, or the Nickelback ride or the filtered water ride or the Michael Jackson ride, but it's the ... I, uh, I've said too much. I decline to testify further on the advice of my attorney.
Not only is 5 the number of regular polyhedra, but their numbers of faces are all one more than primes. The primes are 3, 5, 7, 11, 19.
The 5 Hexagonal (3-fold) crystal classes.
The Chemical Element Boron has an atomic number of 5.
The five natural senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
The 5 Elements: Fire, air,water and Earth and Spirit.
The 5 Sheaths said to cover our divinity with the various Human aspects.
The five pleats in the front are the five Virtues; gotoku, of Japanese traditional society, with the one in the back representing all five Virtues are actually one major one, that of being a complete human being:
Chuu: loyalty, Ko: justice, Jin: humanity; compassion, Gi: from giri; or honor, Rei: respect.
"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect Virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."
The five Virtues are Truth, Contentment, Patience, Faith, and Daya (compassion),
five Virtues-sacrifice, cleanliness, honesty, charity and courage.
Vices recognized by Sikhism:
KAAM Lust and Passion
HANKAAR Egotism and Pride
The Year 5 AD
Emperor Guangwu of Han China was born in the year 5 AD.
Claudia Julia was born in the year 5 AD.
In the year 5 AD Gaius Asinius Pollio, Roman orator, poet and historian died.
In the year 5 AD Rome acknowledges, King of the Catuvellauni, as King of Britain.
In the year 5 AD Ju-tsu Ying becomes Emperor of Western Han China.
In the year 5 AD Tiberius conquers Germania Inferior.
In the year 5 AD Polyainus Marathonius becomes Archon of Athens.
I know where the echo park boat house is but some of my friends did not know what i was talking about when I gave them directions, you should post up the directions cuz a lot of people forget that there is a park in echo park with a lake
Icebreaker, I'll leave that to your discretion depending on what you feel most comfortable on in the given conditions.
If it is raining I may just resurrect my own long unridden semi-POS mountain bike with slicks for this ride. I hate getting my Brooks saddle wet; it just wasn't the same after getting soaked on The Heavy Metal II Ride.
Not to be a fence-sitter but I'd say what you ride should depend on what you feel most comfortable on. Fat tire or skinny tire doesn't matter so much as the confidence the bike inspires. Go with what you think will be the best for you.
FWIW, the pace is casual, the atmosphere laidback.
I second what Rollrz said, depends more on what you are comfortable on. There's an argument that fixed gear is better for wet situations because you can feel the loss of traction earlier, but it really boils down to what you think is best yourself. If it's super pouring I might bring the MTB myself, if it's only drizzling, I'll prolly go fixed.
Looks like I'll be biking home in the wetstuff from Westchester to Silver Lake this late afternoon, so I'll be gathering all sorts of data to be crunched and presented via Powerpoint against the boathouse wall this evening at 9:27 p.m. Should be a hoot! In the meantime here's a pic of Rollerz and Sean Bonnery during the spokecardapalooza last night.
Some of my favorite rides have been when there was rain or threat of rain scaring away the weak at heart. Combine that with the absence of the Core Elite™ it looks like we are in for a really tight, super old skool, super fun ride.
I can't go out to the ride no more!
I have to "babysit"on this night....
But do any of guys,rollers,sean or anyone else who is going thinks they can pick me up a spoke card??!
Im so desitvated right now!
Thanks to all who braved the cold for what was certainly the smallest second Friday ride in ages - 72 ridazz counted, I believe. I hope everybody had a good experience - you'll always be able to say you were there for the 5th Anniversary Ride.
An unexpected highlight for me was coming through the flower district on 8th street at about 11pm and having the air suddenly perfumed with the smell of Valentine's Day flowers!
Madmike, I'll add the pix I have up on Flickr later and post the link here. There was a photog from the LA Valley College Star newspaper who was going mad with the camera for a photo essay that he said will be appearing on the paper's website. Not sure when it'll go live, but here's the link:
Here's the timelapse of the "Take The Fifth" ride. Friday, February 13 from 10:15 p.m. to sometime shortly after midnight.