15 March 2008

Lack of communication?

Yahoo! Groups
SoSiCySi - South Side Cycle Sisters
Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:00 am
Sunday ride
Hey, sistahs --
MDeB and I are welcoming the melting of the snow with a ride this Sunday, 10 am. About 2 hours, and we're taking it slow, since our cycling muscles are not quite aware yet that it's (more or less) spring. Culminating in brunch, maybe soul food -- or suggest something.
Let us know if you're joining us. We can start at Istria, under the Metra tracks at 57th Street.
Hope to see you.

Google Groups
Hyde Park Cycling
Sat, Mar 15 2008 10:22 am
Ride Announcements: Sun 9AM & HPTT Returns
New riders, come on out! Meet others, get some early spring miles in, and
increase your comfort level when riding with others.
Sunday Morning Long-ish Ride
Sunday, 9AM
Meet: Istria
Route: North along path to Metropolis coffee. Some will continue north to Highland Park. Metropolis route is 32 miles. Highland Park is 70 miles.
Pace: I suspect that there will be a large enough group to split based on pace... and if not, then easy to Metropolis and then those going long can push the pace the rest of the way.

Maybe the only problem with the perceived lack of south-side bike culture is that the Yahoo! people and the Google people don't talk to each other, although it's probably just a matter of time before they all accidentally run into each other at Istria Cafe.

Maybe I'll just ride to Lake Calumet by myself again. I'm still asleep by 10am on a Sunday anyway.

In other news, this.
I did some spring cleaning today.

Now there's room in one closet for the folder. Convenient, but a little sad. Why did even yours truly feel embarrassed by a bike standing in the living room like a piece of furniture? Why do I feel compelled to keep it hidden away, just like the vacuum cleaner?


At 16 March, 2008 08:10, Blogger J/tati said...

Actually, this is a really good sign. In fact, there are at least four separate rides leaving from Istria today at 8:30, 9, 10, and 1. Maybe more, for all I know.

However, I do agree with you that what we are hopefully headed towards is a series of institutional rides, that are bigger than the groups that organize them or the people that call them. Great cycling communities have such gatherings. The path is a blessing and a curse, and groups rides over 10 riders, unless they are split, can be unwieldy and dangerous.

Also, I am not entirely certain that Istria is the ideal meeting place, but it might be the best we've got. I would actually prefer a much more public space so that others would see the gathering of cyclists... this in itself is a great resruiting tool.

At 19 March, 2008 07:57, Blogger J/tati said...

Just a recap: I was on the 9AM ride, and it was pretty excellent: a dozen riders of various backgrounds and skill levels, including two very new-to-group-riding cyclists. Two went long to Highland Park, two cut it short at the river, but eight made it all the way to Metropolis. I heard that at least 2 or of the 3 other rides were well attended and fun as well.


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