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CRANK MOB - Red vs. Blue!
Thread started by Knittens at 04.9.09 - 3:13 pm

(if you would like to assist with organizing this month's CRANK MOB, please email alex@crankmob.com)

On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere rode to Lexington, evading capture, to warn the rebels of

CRANK MOB!!!

Two starts:



The Blues aka the Continentals
Venice Skatepark
1531 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles

The Reds aka the Redcoats
Roxbury Park
9700 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills





The two groups will clash in a orgy of epic proportions! Get your powdered wigs and three corner hats ready!

As always, CRANK MOB is a potluck of FUN. Make sure you bring yours! How can you do that? Bring face paint, balloons, dancing legs, silly string, wear costumes, you name it. Think KINDERGARTEN, and then get more immature!

Fun is dead, bring on the FUNNR.

The REVISED Ten CranKMOBments!
1. Have FUNNR
2. Be safe
3. Be respectful
4. Be responsible
5. Communicate
6. Pass it on
7. Leave no trace
8. Hold your line
9. Stay Right
10. Slow down
11. Have FUNNR

No running allowed!

(a CoN flavored ride)








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Meet 9:30pm



Leave 10:00pm





Knittens
04.9.09 - 3:14 pm

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SPANK ME



rayrayray
04.9.09 - 3:16 pm

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ahhhh sheyiiiiitttt...... CRIPPIN steady dippin



theladiesman
04.9.09 - 3:17 pm

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This is going to be unreal!!!!!



bentstrider
04.9.09 - 3:24 pm

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PIZZA STREET BLUE MEAT KILLaaaaAAAAA



SKIDMARCUS
04.9.09 - 3:26 pm

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The british outlawde slavery way before america did, so...



rayrayray
04.9.09 - 3:28 pm

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Sooooowhooooop
What's brackin' bloodzzzzz??



madmike
04.9.09 - 3:42 pm

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The epic battle we've been waiting for, The Red Army gets its ass handed to them by the Reaganomic might of the NATO forces!!!!





bentstrider
04.9.09 - 4:21 pm

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fuck im going to be at coachella.



larsenf
04.9.09 - 4:23 pm

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Don't worry, we're still cooking and eating you for May!!!!



bentstrider
04.9.09 - 4:25 pm

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barleye
04.9.09 - 5:45 pm

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barleye
04.9.09 - 5:46 pm

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so who's going as masterchief?



patrickviolence
04.9.09 - 5:48 pm

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I wanna be Caboose!



danya
04.9.09 - 5:49 pm

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thats pretty funny barleye... but this one is the best... so irrelevant to crank mob lol





theladiesman
04.9.09 - 6:02 pm

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this one sounds like fun.



jericho1ne
04.9.09 - 8:39 pm

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ay when is this?...the 18th?



Metohman
04.10.09 - 12:38 am

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yes it's on saturday the 18th



Antranik
04.10.09 - 7:59 am

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"I come in the name of jesus...repeat it after me BITCH!!!!"



barleye
04.10.09 - 8:39 am

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BARLEY. did you mean to put that AYDs video under xxxTattoo thread?



kittynumba1
04.10.09 - 2:40 pm

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kittynumba1
04.10.09 - 3:12 pm

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If I wear purple, would that be a neutral color? I have trouble picking sides!!



speedybrian2000
04.10.09 - 3:45 pm

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Gawd, I'm soooooooo glad Knittens is doing this crank mob. I like him alot more than Alex.

Should be fun! =)



User1
04.10.09 - 4:03 pm

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what side to choose?!??!?!

oh my!



moondance
04.11.09 - 9:59 am

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who's gonna be crip walkin?



libra777
04.11.09 - 10:21 am

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ima be crippin my booooooooooyyyyyyyeeeeeee



theladiesman
04.11.09 - 10:28 am

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if anything imma be with the SOO WOOes...imma go all flamed up =] lol



Metohman
04.11.09 - 2:16 pm

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BLUE FOR AMERICA!!!!



X-Large
04.11.09 - 2:23 pm

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Naw fuck, that.

TOON TOWN'



rayrayray
04.11.09 - 6:03 pm

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I'm going to make me an AEG version out of those cheapie, Crosman guns at WalMart!!!



bentstrider
04.13.09 - 2:14 pm

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i have no idea what you are saying half the time bentstrider



theladiesman
04.13.09 - 2:16 pm

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but it sounds cool!



theladiesman
04.13.09 - 2:17 pm

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If I were to translate everything I say into acknowledgeable terms, I'd lose focus after the first, three pages.



bentstrider
04.13.09 - 11:19 pm

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bump



Calvin
04.15.09 - 5:50 pm

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i hate crank mob... ill be there early tho at venice, AT if you need my help call me ..



theshues
04.15.09 - 6:36 pm

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And who, or what is leading the Red Ride from its start?



tallcans4tallbikes
04.15.09 - 9:45 pm

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I'm leading it from Gravity hill



rayrayray
04.15.09 - 11:46 pm

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i'm there.



onemorefixie
04.16.09 - 12:42 am

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OH HAI!



Knittens
04.16.09 - 1:06 am

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fuckin crank mob is gonna get me shot...
soooo whooop!!!

u guys should



pretti*ugli
04.16.09 - 2:24 pm

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yea enough of this red vs blue stuff. SRSLY.



jericho1ne
04.16.09 - 5:51 pm

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Here are the stops for Caturday's MOB. Keep this message (or if you don't have Facebook mobile, write it down) so that you can catch the MOB if you fall behind on Saturday. You can also get ride updates on

http://twitter.com/TrackMd
(full instructions for setup here)

RED
Start - Roxbury Park, 9700 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills
1st Stop - Hamilton High School, Robertson & Cattaraugus
2nd Stop - Mar Vista Rec Center, McLaughlin & Sawtelle
3rd Stop - Exposition Blvd between Sawtelle & Sepulveda

BLUE

Start - Venice Skatepark, 1531 Ocean Front Walk
1st Stop - Venice Senior High School, 13000 Venice Blvd
2nd Stop - Best Buy rooftop, Pico & Sawtelle
3rd Stop - Exposition Blvd between Sawtelle & Sepulveda

Combined 4th Stop & Finish
Westwood Park, 1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd



Knittens
04.16.09 - 6:23 pm

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yay..



rayrayray
04.16.09 - 6:27 pm

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Team Midnight Ridazz will be at CRANK MOB and THE RIDE WITH NO NAME this weekend with I BIKE LA shirts for every person who makes a donation of $20 or higher!

These shirts are awesome and have special AIDS-fighting powers. There's just six weeks left until we ride from SF to LA and we need your help to fundraise for this great cause! So come get a shirt!



ephemerae
04.17.09 - 8:19 am

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bump



Calvin
04.17.09 - 1:07 pm

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i hear pre-party - Venice and Shues is throwing it.... i wonder where???



bondink
04.17.09 - 1:15 pm

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Westsiders are in for a treat, musically. futuristic mothership fonky goodness. be at the skate park on Sat night or you will miss one of the illest jams of the summer.





jericho1ne
04.17.09 - 11:04 pm

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ephemerae.. are there SMALLS?
also what brand shirts are these printed on?



monovsstereo
04.18.09 - 12:50 am

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They're printed on Hane's shirts, when I got mine at Through the Looking Glass last week they still had smalls.



danya
04.18.09 - 1:37 am

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Remembered this?





kittynumba1
04.18.09 - 5:13 pm

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George Washington


opponents beware opponents beware
hes coming
hes coming
hes coming
(kick you apart!)

jeeze, and im red too.



moondance
04.18.09 - 5:34 pm

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@bondink

pre party at your house fool...
where is all the westsiders




theshues
04.18.09 - 5:43 pm

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anyone taking off from around beverly and fairfax?



rey
04.18.09 - 6:29 pm

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818 to mom ridaz is all i know



rayrayray
04.18.09 - 6:34 pm

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HOW DO KNOW 818 IS THERE??

BAAAAAAAARCHOOPZ !!



rayrayray
04.18.09 - 6:36 pm

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eh.. you gotta just show up... cmon guyz is this yo first crankmob?????



theshues
04.18.09 - 6:37 pm

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leaving from the OUTPOST right now.



bentstrider
04.18.09 - 6:40 pm

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@bentstrider

thanks buddy, thats a big 10-4! see you on the flip flop...



theshues
04.18.09 - 6:51 pm

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Tonight, WE CHANGE HISTORY! Those lobster backs don't stand a chance!



QuickGin
04.18.09 - 7:05 pm

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free lobster dinner?



rayrayray
04.18.09 - 7:07 pm

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Don't fire till you see the white of their eyes!



QuickGin
04.18.09 - 7:08 pm

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Soo so so so excited!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
Owww! I accidently shot my foot.

-Coe coe



franz
04.18.09 - 7:18 pm

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anyone heading out from pasadena?



buckchin
04.18.09 - 7:28 pm

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so instead of being on my way to crankmob, i'm at home jamming a neti pot in my face holes.

fuck being sick.



slowrighthand
04.18.09 - 8:50 pm

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wat



illafilla
04.18.09 - 8:56 pm

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man i couldnt go this time either....messed up my shoulder at work. and hey pasadena! woo! next time, next time



davo957
04.18.09 - 9:41 pm

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i couldnt find the crank mob nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

i map quested it and it gave me dirctions to the wrong fucking place

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
now i have to wait till next month lol



ONEwayRIDA
04.19.09 - 12:39 am

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some pics

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97241220@N00/sets/72157616947754455/




rey
04.19.09 - 4:57 am

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i couldnt find the crank mob nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

i map quested it and it gave me dirctions to the wrong fucking place

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
now i have to wait till next month lol

ONEwayRIDA
04.19.09 - 3:39 am

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I bet you went to the address in santa monica instead of venice



buckchin
04.19.09 - 8:17 am

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fuckin crank mob is gonna get me shot...
soooo whooop!!!

u guys should

pretti*ugli
04.16.09 - 5:24 pm

i laughed at this.. i guess karma got back at me. i was riding home down sepulveda with my friend..... a car pulls up behind me and one rushes and stops in front of me, im thinking to myself "fuuck, its the cops, great! the day i decide to drink i get pulled over". So i get off my bike and then i hear "Ey blood.. blah blah blah homie"... great what a way to end the day... lol i just got to the top of the hill thats next to the bridge imax theatre, in my head im like fuck these fools, so i get on my bike and smash down some hill that led me to the 405, i got on the freeway entrance and the followed me in. i somehow made it to the opposite side and ran across carrying my bike and hid in some bushes for like 20 minutes.. lol

Thank you crank mob and your idea of having me wear blue. I havent been banged on in years.. it was kind of fun though.

other than that.... it was a fun night



theladiesman
04.19.09 - 9:47 am

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holy effff! i knew that would happen to someone! on the 405?! wow!



et
04.19.09 - 10:01 am

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_iJunes
04.19.09 - 11:00 am

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theladiesman
04.19.09 - 11:06 am

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my lock fell off of my person on the way to the last stop! ANYONE FIND IT!?!?!?!



thefakeme
04.19.09 - 11:45 am

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For me, last night was the beginning of Summer.

Hope everyone made it home safe and sound.



jericho1ne
04.19.09 - 12:40 pm

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Did anyone pick up a navy blue jansport backpack at rancho park that was not theirs??
If so, my friend would greatly appreciate it if you could arrange its return.

please reply to boomshakajackie@gmail.com



boomshakajackie
04.19.09 - 1:54 pm

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Someone riding with the red team shot off fire crackers. For a second I thought "Uh Oh".

Damn this ride was not your usual CRANK MOB. Long riding, no liquor or store stops. When the cops came on the scene, we split up into three or four groups rode around for 20 minutes then re-grouped at the meet spots. Such fun should be illegal....oh wait.



skd
04.19.09 - 2:38 pm

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Yeah, it felt really different. Kinda fun, but I wish it was slower. I <3 fireworks, they are magical. But folks should be more careful where they light them.

Breaking into groups worked out really well, I think we're getting better at organizing 500+ ppl. As long as we figure out a way for the slow group to eventually (and safely) meet up w/ the faster ones, then this may work out after all.

Any reports on why that cop started harassing the group headed West on Pico after we left Cheviot Hills? He was constantly trying to cut into our lane, then he blocked the intersection up ahead, then double backed to chase us into the alleyway. That bastard is the reason why I busted the soundsystem, I turned too fast... I was the last one left, and as I was straightening it out, he said something sarcastic and then sped off towards the rest of the riders.




jericho1ne
04.19.09 - 3:35 pm

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damn that was tiny. repost FTW.

Yeah, it felt really different. Kinda fun, but I wish it was slower. I <3 fireworks, they are magical. But folks should be more careful where they light them.

Breaking into groups worked out really well, I think we're getting better at organizing 500+ ppl. As long as we figure out a way for the slow group to eventually (and safely) meet up w/ the faster ones, then this may work out after all.

Any reports on why that cop started harassing the group headed West on Pico after we left Cheviot Hills? He was constantly trying to cut into our lane, then he blocked the intersection up ahead, then double backed to chase us into the alleyway. That bastard is the reason why I busted the soundsystem, I turned too fast... I was the last one left, and as I was straightening it out, he said something sarcastic and then sped off towards the rest of the riders.





jericho1ne
04.19.09 - 3:39 pm

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No liquir stop...

No drunk kids, no stealing. yet.. it didn't feel like crank mob.



rayrayray
04.19.09 - 3:59 pm

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It was like a whole new ride. I lost my friends and as I rode around trying to find them, every street I turned on had bicyclists. It was like a the whole world was bicycles.



urbanpedal
04.19.09 - 4:05 pm

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fastmob sounds sick. i wish i could have made it! it's about the riding not the drinking when it comes down to it (not that i'm against the drinking part), but riding and have such silly awesome fun is the best. if you want liquor go to a bar with the rest of the norms. we are the midnight RIDAZZ! we ride bikes and party like it's 1999. spread the ride! :)



et
04.20.09 - 1:40 am

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I'm thinking this might've been the same cop that was kicking everyone out of the Cheviot Hills place.
Apparently, this guy took his pointless aggression too far and decided to act out of seemingly, pure-animosity towards a bunch of nothing.

Luckily, no one got taken in by Officer. Trip Powers, so it was a clean night as far as arrests went.



bentstrider
04.20.09 - 2:55 am

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more fucking riding. less damn stops.



smashing
04.20.09 - 12:50 pm

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I thought we did a lot of riding, were you in the Red group too? Maybe Blues did less?

I am happy that the groups met up prematurely before Best Buy, Blue group had a band on the roof AND the music trailer. Reds had very little for dance-worthy music systems. Hopefully if the next ride uses two start points (I hope so) then I hope the music is universally observed between the two groups :)


Limeyfly- is that your music trailer or does it belong to someone else? ;) hint hint


Definitely loved how there was no stealing. Don't even give them a chance! No liquor stops FTFW. One of the best parts is when you do buy liquor there is hardly ever a line!

+1 No Liquor Stops
+1 Multiple Rides w/ Rendezvous
+1 More Riding

With a group that size (~300 strong per group or more) I think that format has a lot of potential. Keep the riffraff from stealing and getting tooooo drunk, splitting the group up to make more stops available because group numbers are halved, and taking advantage of both together by being able to ride your bike a bit more.

Crank mob did seem a bit different though. There was less party time energy- but then again Richie was out of town! I missed you Richie!



jonnyboy
04.20.09 - 2:48 pm

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@jonnyboy

That system actually belongs to BigBikeDan, Harry just hauls it under orders from him.
As for music systems, I assumed someone had at least a rack-mounted system for the reds.

Eh, next time we'll just have to see about getting designator-requests for the numerous systems that comprises the "Signal Corps".



bentstrider
04.20.09 - 3:30 pm

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Where rrr the pictures???



jericho1ne
04.20.09 - 4:39 pm

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Southbay Cruisers has pics up, why don't we??!?!?!?



jericho1ne
04.20.09 - 4:40 pm

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pictures or it didn't happen. i've heard the stories....



bondink
04.20.09 - 4:42 pm

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i really enjoyed the ride (like always) and understand breaks are important but i feel they become overdone with all the beer drinking and so forth.



smashing
04.20.09 - 9:29 pm

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I didn't take pics :-(

What about AT?



skd
04.20.09 - 9:42 pm

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I swore a solemn vow when we started CRANK MOB never to photograph it, as I wanted to focus on having fun.

Seriously!



Alex Thompson
04.20.09 - 9:48 pm

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I took pics of wifebike effing me in the a. then she ate my dead body. It happened I have pics.on my camera. which I cannot find. right now.

Besides that,

Guise... this was a TOTALLY different CRANK for me. I got to be a C.R.A.N.K. MOM... or C.R.A.N.K. MAMA if you prefer. I didn't go to the the last two, I was attending my own private cranky mob.

I really liked the experience I had hanging back "sweeping". I met lots of BRAND NEW riders. Like people who got their bikes THAT DAY!
I can't expect to ever have the old C.R.A.N.K. MOB that I liked best, because it doesn't exist anymore. The new ridazz who have no idea how it used to be can be just as enamored w/ C.R.A.N.K MOB,and get a dose of the positive, helpful, awesome Ridazz ethos. I guess I forget sometimes, but babies can't take care of babies! we gotta help em!
Sorry if you are new and reading this, I don't want to seem condescending. I mean babies in a really good way <3
Now...off to my Calgon bubble bath.



mixtemotions
04.20.09 - 11:12 pm

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wow. it didn't happen. the one CRANK Mob i had to miss and it didn't happen. (smiling) that's kinda neat.. i think i will continue to tell myself that. it's a nice little world, denial is.



bondink
04.20.09 - 11:22 pm

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I agree that this was a totally different C.R.A.N.K. MOB experience than I've ever had before.

Like mixtemotions says; there were a lot of brand new riders out and those of us who have been going on these rides for a while found ourselves in leadership roles whether we volunteered to help out or not. I even saw some people that I would have considered to be relatively new to the scene shepherding groups of lost noobs and teaching them basic safety skills.

C.R.A.N.K. MOB was my first social ride and the calamity of it was so stimulating and thrilling that I never looked back after that first jaunt into the world of MR.

I can't explain it, but it was really cool for the most tumultuous of rides to suddenly feel a bit more like a community bonded by madness than a crowd of madmen convulsing in each other's presence.

I still drank beer with teenagers at this crank mob and was strangely glad to see the tradition persevere. What was different was that I didn't feel like any of them were about to go too far and hurt themselves.

I also had to call out a few people for riding recklessly and endangering the group as usual but, unlike most times in the past, they listened without retaliatory sarcasm.

It seemed like the constituents of the mob gave their egos a break last saturday night. It was still a felini-inspired mass of writhing bodies on bicycles, occasionally pulling off the road for a wild dance party complete with silly string and sidewalk chalk. Everyone just behaved a little more accountably and that was a nice change of pace as far as I'm concerned.

The social change of pace corresponded with a literal one that I considered a very special treat to behold at a C.R.A.N.K. MOB: a hard-hustling front pack streaking through the streets ahead of the main mob screaming, "The British are coming! The British are coming!" They rode very fast in very close proximity to one another without anyone posing a threat to the rest of them or trying to hijack the ride. Nice.



Undercover Bob
04.21.09 - 5:51 pm

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Well, considering there was an all-out failure on the walkie-talkies, we managed to carry this baby to the end without tripping over our own feet.

Now we'll just have to cross our fingers and see if this holds up in the months ahead.



bentstrider
04.21.09 - 6:21 pm

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